Narasimha Jayanti: Fourth incarnation of Lord Vishu
As per the Hindu Holy books, Lord Vishnu had taken various incarnation to save the mankind. There are almost ten incarnations taken by him and one of them is the Narasimha Avatar. Narasimha is popularly known as half lion and half man is the fourth and most powerful incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Once upon a time there was a demon king namely Hiranyakashyap who declared people to worship him instead of Lord Vishnu but his son Prahlad was great follower of Lord Vishnu who denied to believe the order of the king as well as his father. Knowing this the king decided to kill Prahlad. It was Narasimha who conquered Hiranayakashyap. Hiranyakashyap had a boon that he could not be killed by a man or beast or with a weapon. Thus Lord Vishnu took the incarnation as a half man and half lion and killed the king with the nails of the paws. Prahlad the son of Hiranyakashyap was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. The defeat of the demon king by Narasimaha represents the victory of good over evil.
Performing the ritual on Narasimha Jayantinin
Devotees keep a fast on this day by eating a light meal pervious night containing only satvik food. Many of the followers also avoid salt. Fasting start from sunrise on the same day to the next day sunrise. Devotees get up early in the morning and visit a Vishnu temple nearby. People who opt for the partial fast can eat only fruits and vegetables and stay away from grains and cereals. It is good to chant prayers to Narasimha. It is also considered highly auspicious to donate food to poor people especially poor children and do other charity works. Many people also feed cows with grass on this day.