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Pilgrimages of Narasimha

  1. Ahobilam (Divya Desam) - Andhra Pradesh
  2. Sholingur (Divya Desam) - Tamil Nadu
  3. Simhachalam (Famous pilgrimage of Narasimha) - Andhra Pradesh
  4. Mangalagiri (Famous pilgrimage of Narasimha) - Andhra Pradesh
  5. Yadagirigutta (Famous pilgrimage of Narasimha) - Andhra Pradesh


Ahobilam at Sesha Parvata:

Sri Narasimha Ahobilam - Thiru Singavel Kundram Divya Desam: Ahobilam is one of the 108 Divya Desams known as Thiru Singavel Kundram Divya Desam.
(Refer to the list of Divya Desams)

- Sesha Parvata: Ahobilam is located on the Nallamalai mountain ranges on the part known as Sesha Parvata (South of river Krishna to Tirupati). Sesha Parvata is visualized in the form of Adi Sesha whose head is at Tirupati (Venkatadri), whose middle part is at Ahobilam (Vedagiri and Garudagiri) and whose tail is at Srisailam (Sringiri).

- Nava Narasimha: Ahobilam is the main shrine and there are nine other Narasimha shrines close by. They are known as Nava Narasimhas - Prahlada Varada Narasimha, Chatrata Narasimha, Garuda Narasimha, Yoga Narasimha, Ugra Narasimha, Krodha Narasimha, Malola Narasimha, Jwala Narasimha and Lakshmi Narasimha.

- Great Cave: The shrine of Ahobilam, the main shrine is located between the hills Vedadri and Garudadri in a reserved forest. The image of Lord Narasimha is in sitting posture with matted hairs. A rivulet known as Bhavanasi runs close to the temple. Ahobilam means the "Great Cave". It is believed that there is a cave with Swayambhu Narasimha under the main shrine.

- Killing of Hiranyakashipu: The shrine of Jwala Narasimha is the place where it is believed that Lord Vishnu manifested in the ferocious form of Narasimha Avatara and killed demon Hiranyakashipu.

- Ahobilam is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.


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Thirukkatikai (Sholingur) Divya Desam - Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple:

Sri Narasimha Puranic Event:
According to a legend, Sri Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha before Prahlada and Saptarshis in a Ghatika and gave them Moksha.

The God is Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy.


Pilgrimage:
The Thirukkatikai (Sholingur) Divya Desam is located in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. There are two mountains - Peria Malai or Big Hill where the Lord resides as Narasimha and Chinnamalai or small hill with the temple of Anjaneyar. The village at the foot of this hill is known as Kandapalayam.

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Simhachalam:

Simhachalam Varaha Narasimha Simhachalam Varaha Narasimha Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Varaha-Narasimha: Simhachalam is located on a hillock 18 km from Vishakhapatnam. According to legend, demon Hiranyakashipu tried to kill Prahlada by throwing him from the top of the mountain into the sea. It is also said that Hiranyakashipu tried to kill Prahlada by placing the hill over him. Lord Vishnu saved His ardent devotee. Hiranyakashipu was later killed by Lord Vishnu in the fierce form of Narasimha. Prahlada requested the Lord to show him both his Varaha and Narasimha avatara forms and abide in the hill. Lord Vishnu abided there as Varaha-Narasimha, the combined forms of Varaha and Narasimha.

- The Lord assumed very fierce forms while killing the demons during both his Varaha and Narasimha incarnations. Therefore the image of Varaha-Narasimha is always covered with sandal paste except for a single day when the original form is revealed to the devotees. The day is the third day of Vaisakha (Akshaya Tritiya) during Apr-May, when the sandal paste is removed in a ritual called Chandana Visarjana.

- Simhachalam is located in the Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Mangalagiri:

Mangalagiri Panakala Narasimha Mangalagiri Narasimha Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Narasimha: Mangalagiri is around 13 km from Vijayawada. The Mangalagiri Panakala Narasimha shrine is situated on a reclining elephant-shaped hillock about 260 m above the sea level. In ancient times the hill temple was called by various names like Swetadri, Dharmadri, Totadri and Mangalagiri.

- The rock-cut cave temple is approached by climbing around 400 stone steps. The image of Narasimha has the face sculpted on the hill rock itself with the mouth about 15 cm wide.

- According to legend, Lord Vishnu killed demon Namuchi in this place. The blood flowed as a canal to the foot of the hill which came to be known as "Rakta Kulya". This is identified with a dry canal whose bottom is still reddish.

- According to another legend, prince Hrysya Shringi, son of king Pariyatra performed penance here. He transformed himself into an elephant shaped hill to serve as the abode of Lord Narasimha.

- A special feature of this temple is that panaka or jaggery water is offered to Lord Narasimha and hence the Lord is called Panakala Narasimha. The Lord consumes half the quantity of the offered panakala with a gurgling sound and returns the other half as prasada.

- Mangalagiri is located in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.

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Yadagirigutta:

Yadagirigutta Lakshmi Narasimha Yadagirigutta Narasimha Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Narasimha: Yagagirigutta is located in Bhongir taluk around 48 km from Secunderabad. According to legend, during Treta Yuga, Yadava the son of sage Rishyasringa (son of Vibhandaka) performed penance in this place worshipping Lord Narasimha. Lord Narasimha was pleased and manifested here in five aspects - Jwala Narasimha, Yoga Narasimha, Gandabheranda Narasimha, Lakshmi Narasimha and Ugra Narasimha.

- The cave temple is located on Yadagiri Hills at a height of around 300 feet and has rock formed images of Narasimha. The temple entrance at the foothills is called Vaikuntha Dwara. The entrance of the cave is considered Ugra Narasimha with his mouth open. Jwala Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha are rock formations within the cave. The Gangabheranda Narasimha is a formless manifestation indicated by a continuously burning lamp near the Hanuman shrine. Lakshmi Narasimha has a silver vigraha with goddess Lakshmi sitting beside Lord Narasimha.

- There is a sacred pushkarini (pond) on the hillock which is said to cure incurable diseases by bathing in it and worshipping the Lord continuously for forty days.

- Yadagirigutta is located in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.

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