Wednesday, May 6th marks the celebration of Lord Nrsimhadeva’s Appearance Day also called Nrsimha Chaturdasi. As the Temple remains closed due to the COVID restrictions, we are pleased to offer a virtual festival experience for you and your family to enjoy. In the spirit of keeping our community connected to Krishna and each other, please join us for this celebration by tuning into the ISKCON Philadelphia YouTube channel from 5:15 pm to 8:15 pm.
Mercy of Lord Nrsimha
Lord Nrsimha is an avatar of Lord Krishna who protects Vaishnavas from internal and external threats. He demonstrated His potency to do so numerous times and especially by vanquishing the powerful cosmic ruler Hiranyakashipu who tortured and tried to murder the great child devotee, Prahlada. Lord Nrsimha also destroys obstacles to spiritual progress on a devotees’ path Back to Godhead.
For the pleasure of Lord Nrsimhadeva, ISKCON of Philadelphia will be holding and broadcasting a fire sacrifice on Wednesday, May 6th beginning at 5:15pm.
Online Festival Schedule
5:15 pm: Acamana and Satya Sankalpa (mantras of purification and dedication)
5:30 pm: Fire Sacrifice (Nrsimha Yajna details below)
6:00 pm: Kirtan
6:30 pm: Arati and 56 offerings
7:00 pm: Spiritual discourse by HH Jayadvaita Swami
7:45 pm: Drama
8:00 pm: Shyana Arati and Nrsimha Kirtan
8:30 pm: Drive through prasadam for pick up by reservation only (see below for details)
All festival sponsors will receive Pavitra, the ashes from yajna, and maha sweets via mail.
$108 Nrsimha Yajna for your family’s spiritual well being*
$151 Garlands for the Deities*
$251 Flower decoration for Nrsimha Chaturdasi*
$351 Festival feast sponsorship (Annadana), 56 offerings for Nrsimha Chaturdasi*
$51 Raj-bhoga offering for Nrsimha Chaturdasi
$51 Mangala-arati Bhoga offering for Nrsimha Chaturdasi
*All sponsors of $108 or more will have their names offered at the Yajna and be invited to participate via Zoom in the satya sankalpa followed by the fire sacrifice.
Text to Give (215) 330 5027
To use our text-to-give option:
Text the amount you wish to donate. For example: text $108 to (215) 330 5027
Please call or text (267) 968 6825 for details about sponsorship opportunities.
Curbside prasadam at the Temple (8:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
For the pleasure of the devotees, we will be offering prasadam via curbside pickup at the temple parking lot at 8:30 pm. Devotees wearing gloves and masks will bring prasadam to your car.
So that we can prepare the appropriate quantity please RSVP to (215) 554 5135 by Monday, May 4. Text your name and the number of people. Unfortunately, no entrance to the temple will be permitted.
Fire Sacrifice/Yajna Details
The sacrifice will begin with mantras of purification and dedication (acamana and satya sankalpa). Sankirtana will be next. Then offerings into the fire will be made for each member of the guru parampara (mangalacarana and guru parampara pranamas) followed by offerings for each of 108 names of Lord Nrsimha (see accompanying list). Subsequent to the sacrifice there will be arati accompanied by kirtana.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada emphasized Jiva Goswami’s assertion that to be successful in any undertaking of devotional service (bhakti) must begin and end with sankirtana. Thus, sankirtana is an important part of this celebration.
All festival sponsors will be invited via Zoom access to follow along by chanting all the mantras responsively including the satya sankalpa, mangalacarana, 108 names of Lord Nrismha, and vibrating the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, during the two sankirtana sessions in order to get the full benefit resulting from your sincere attempts to please Lord Nrsimha and His pure devotees. It is recommended that you tune in on time freshly bathed and wearing clean clothes, as you would if you were participating in person at the Temple.
If you would like to practice chanting the 108 names of Lord Nrsimhadeva, they can be found here:
The mangalacarana and guru pranama mantras can be found here:
In addition to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and the standard Nrsimha prayers, we will also be chanting this prayer which is a prayer Lord Caitanya offered to Lord Nrsimha upon entering the temple of Jiyada Nrsimha and getting the Lord’s darshan. https://vedabase.io/en/library/cc/madhya/8/5/