Vrindavan, May 4, 2015: Lord Narasimha blessed his devotees by visiting their homes, walking, jumping and running on the streets. Devotees offered him prasadam, juice, tea and even soft drinks. He was accompanied by Lord Varaha Dev and Lord Ganesh. It could be called his affection towards the Brijwasis, that he personally reached the houses of his devotees.
He fought with the devil Hiranyakashyap, and Lord Varah Dev fought with Hiranyaksh. While fighting they passed through the various streets of Vrindavan, where the devotees showered flower petals on them and performed Aarati. The children and others were following them and played drums and plates.
The tradition of playing the Narsingha Lila is practiced in many places of Vrindavan since the time immemorial. The Youths and children wear the mask of Narasimha, Shwet Varaha, Neel Varaha, Ganesh and wear the clothes having the print of lion’s body.
On the dusk of the Narasimha Chaturdashi every year, the deities of Narsimha Dev are worshipped with the traditional rituals. Narsmiha Dev was worshipped in the Narsimha temples situated in the Gopinath Bazar, Keshi Ghat, Atkhamba and Chhipi Gali. The masks of the lordships were also worshipped in the temples.
After worshipping Shri Narsimha Dev in the temples, the pastime Narsimha lila was performed by the local troupes consisting mostly the youngsters. A stage was prepared on the crossing of the road, where a pillar was made of wood or cardboard. Hiranyakashipu pointed out to a pillar and asked if Vishnu was present in it. Prahlad had nodded in affirmative. Angered at it he drew his sword and had cut the pillar; Narsimha appeared out of the broken pillar. Then the fight began between Narsimha Dev and Hiranyakaship. The troupes passd through the different streets of Vrindavan before Hiranyakashyap was finally killed.
The children enjoyed the simplified pastime of Narsimha Dev through these characters. The child artists Balmukund Sharma and Mohit Sharma said, “when we perform the Narasimha lila wearing mask, a feeling of godliness arise within us. We are happy to keep this tradition alive. The street theatre of Narsimha Lila gives us more satisfaction than watching the Television or playing cricket matches.”