”Om Vajranakhaya Vidmahe
Tanno Narasimhah Pracodayat.”
Narasimha Gayatri mantra translation:
”Om, Let me meditate on the god who is the lion man,
Oh, God who has diamond claws, give me higher intellect,
And let God Narasimha illuminate my mind and understanding.”
Lord Narasimha is the 4th avatar of Lord Vishnu. The avatar of Narasimha is evidenced in early iconography, epics, festivals and temple worship for over a millennium. The birth of Lord Narasimha is celebrated with joy and faith on the fourteenth day of the bright half month of Vaishakha (the second month of the year).
He is known mainly as the ”Great Protector” who specifically protects and defends His followers in times of need. It is acknowledged that Lord Vishnu has taken this avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu (”clothed in gold”).
He is usually described as having a human torso and lower body, with a lion face and claws. This image is broadly worshiped in deity form by a significant number of Vaisnava groups. Lord Vishnu took this form on top of Himvat mountain (Harivamsa). In south Indian art, sculptures, paintings, and bronzes, Lord Narasimha is one of the most chosen themes and amongst avatars perhaps next only to Lord Rama and Lord Krishna in popularity.
There are numerous temples throughout the world where He is adored and worshiped in different forms such as – Yoga-Narasimha, Ugra-Narasimha, and Lakshmi-Narasimha. Furthermore, many devotees worship Lord Narasimha as a family deity (kuladevata) and a chosen deity of the heart (Ishta devata).
Mantra chanting benefits:
Reciting this mantra with a pure heart and correct pronunciation has the power to remove all malefic effects of planets. It is very important that this mantra is chanted with a very high level of devotion and attention.