Religion: Unique chance to pray to Sri Pralad Nrsingha in Pietermaritzburg home

2008-05-19 00:00

Vaisnavas people who worship the Hindu faith’s Lord Maha Vishnu, can now worship one of his incarnations, Sri Pralad Nrsingha, in a Northdale home.

Devotee Bhakta Sanji, who is the pujali, or one who performs prayers, said the installed deity is the only one of its kind in South Africa and only one of the three forms found outside of India.

The other two are believed to be in Germany and Los Angeles.

Yesterday, Vaisnavas observed Sri Nrsingha’s appearance day, which according to Sanji, is similar to what people refer to as a birth date.

"Lord Nrsingha is the fourth avatar [incarnation] of Lord Maha Vishnu. He protects the devotion to God and safeguards against maya, which is illusion. So he increases faith not to fall into the illusion of working to acquire material possessions and straying from God," said Sanji.

According to Sanji, the deity is half man and half lion, hence his name — Nr means man and singha means lion.

He said the deity is made out of Verindavan dust, which is soil found in the city of Mayapur in India, where Krishna lived and walked.

"There is no charge. People are welcome to come pray. There is always someone here," he said.

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