In the wake of the recent heart-rendering passing away of His Grace Sriman Pankajanghri prabhu, our most beloved Mayapur Nrsimha head pujari, we have yet an opportunity to serve him and his deepest desires during the coming Nrsimha Caturdasi, May 25.
We all know of his dedication and devotion to Lord Nrsimhadeva. His meditations were always on His service, and especially to relocating Him to His new home in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. He was dear to so many devotees for acting on their behalf as a medium to Lord Nrsimha through his prayers and offerings for their sake. All devotees loved Pankajanghri prabhu and had the highest regard and respect for him and His sacred service.
We at the TOVP are also indebted to Pankajanghri for his unabated dedication to the project, and we have now decided to use the next Nrsimha Caturdasi to honor him and help establish his purpose of completing Lord Nrsimha’s temple. We wish to offer him something in return for all his seva to Lord Nrsimha and His devotees. To this end we are arranging two things:
1. The #GivingToPrabhupada 11 Day Matching Fundraiser will include a donation link to help fund the completion of Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Wing in the TOVP.
2. The Nrsimha Yajna on Nrsimha Caturdasi in Mayapur will be performed in Pankajanghri prabhu’s name and dedicated to the protection of devotees worldwide during the continued pandemic.
For the remaining few days of the #GivingToPrabhupada 11 Day Matching Fundraiser (including Nrsimha Caturdasi) you can give either a general donation towards the completion of Lord Nrsimha’s Wing or sponsor a Nrsimhadeva Brick to be placed under His altar. This devotional act will be an appropriate seva to Pankajanghri, along with our offering of the Nrsimha Yajna.
Please kindly consider in your hearts this appeal in memory of Lord Nrsimhadeva’s dear servant and help complete the Lord’s new home as he intensely desired.
Visit the Fundraiser Page for more information.
NOTE: The TOVP CARE COVID RELIEF program is donating $25,000 for ISKCON Mayapur and Bangladesh temples under the direction of Ambarisa prabhu.
Prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva by Shani (Saturn)
By the mercy of the dust of Your lotus feet which destroy a multitude of sins, grant infinite auspiciousness to Your devotee who always worships Your lotus feet with devotion. O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
Your lotus feet are worshipped by Goddess Lakṣmī, even though She is fickle by nature (cancala) and by Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva whose feet are worthy of worship with devotion. O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
By contemplating or meditating upon Your appearance, which is expounded in the Vedas extensively, the best of the saints are liberated from the three-fold miseries and from all misfortunes. O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
By the word of His devotee named Prahlāda, Lord Hari, who is generous and kind, appeared from a pillar and by placing Hiraṇyakaśipu on His thighs split open his stomach with His nails. O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
You protected your own devotee Prahlāda from a raging fire, the deep ocean, from falling from a tall mountain peak, poison, a mad elephant and the fangs of poisonous serpents. You are omnipresent and supremely generous. O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
By meditating upon He whose great form is devoid of imperfections, the best of the saints attained liberation from the ocean of materialistic attachments and obtained unmitigated salvation. O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
By meditating upon He whose form is fearsome, all peace, happiness and prosperity can be obtained, all sins can be obliterated, the fear arising from evil spirits, fevers and unfavorable planetary positions can be removed, O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
Your transcendental fame is sung gloriously in all the divine assemblies of Śiva, Brahmā and Indra etc. and whose power is steadfast in wiping out all impurities, O Lord Nṛsiṁha, please bestow upon me Your merciful side-long glance.
On listening to the heartfelt prayer composed by Śanideva in the assembly of Lord Brahmā, Lord Hari who is ever compassionate to His devotees, spoke to Śanideva as follows.
Śrī Nṛsiṁha said:
O Śani, I am pleased with your devotion. Whatever you desire that will benefit the world, ask for that kind of boon and I will grant it.
Śrī Śanideva replied:
O Lord Nṛsiṁha, O reservoir of compassion, please be kind to me. O Lord of all gods, let my week-day (Saturday) be Your favorite day. O Purifier of all the worlds, may You fulfill the desires of all those who listen to or read this great prayer to You composed by me.”
Śrī Nṛsiṁha said:
O Śani, let it be so! By virtue of My being the universal protector (Rakṣobhuvana), I fulfill the desires of all My devotees. Please listen to My words let there be no fear of the twelfth and eighth birth positions (and implicitly any unfavorable birth positions) and consequent troubles from you for anyone who reads or listens to this prayer to Me composed by you.
Then Śanideva replied to Lord Narahari that he would follow the Lord’s instructions. Then the joyful saints and sages present there (in Brahma’s assembly) responded with cries of, ‘jaya, jaya!’”.
Śrī Kṛṣṇa told Dharmarāja, “Whoever listens to or recites this conversation between Śanideva and Lord Nṛsiṁha in the form of this prayer of devotion will definitely have all desires fulfilled and will always rejoice.”
Thus ends the prayers offered to the universal protector Śrī Nṛsiṁha by the great soul Śani.
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