Celebrating the Divine Fury

September 6, 2023

Narasimha Jatra is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It commemorates the divine manifestation of Lord Narasimha, who took the form of a half-man, half-lion to protect his devotee Prahlada from the demon king Hiranyakashipu. A grand procession is held, where selected participants from the Rajopadhyaya Brahman community of Newars dress as Narasimha, Laxmi, Saraswati, and Prahlad and are taken around the ancient city of Patan. Cotton dolls representing defeated asuras are dragged along behind Narsimhadev. 

During the Narasimha Jatra in Patan, devotees engage in processions, visit temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha, and participate in religious rituals to pay homage to the deity. Patan’s rich cultural and religious heritage makes this festival a significant event in the city, and it draws devotees and visitors alike to partake in the festivities and experience the spiritual atmosphere.

When is it celebrated?

The exact dates and specific customs associated with Shree Narasimha Jatra in Patan may vary from year to year and within different parts of the city.

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