Pana Narasimha, who resides in a hill shrine at Mangalagiri. Devotees pour sweet water (
)into the Lord's open mouth, and worship it as prasadam.
Feb 22, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of some of Lord Nrsimhadev's gloriousabodes in Andhra Pradesh.
The three most well-known Narasimha shrines in Andhra Pradesh are Ahobilam,Simhachalam and Mangalagiri. Mangalagiri means
The Auspicious Hill
. This place isone of the 8 important Mahakshetrams (sacred places) in India. The eight placeswhere Lord Vishnu manifested himself are (1) Sri Rangam (2) Srimushnam (3)Naimisam (4) Pushkaram (5) Salagamadri (6) Thothadri (7) Narayanasramam (8)Venkatadri.Thotadri is the present Mangalagiri. Lakshmi Devi has done tapas on this hill, andthat's why it was named "The Auspicious Hill". There are three Narasimha Swamytemples in Mangalagiri. One is Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill, another isLakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the temple, and the third is GandalaNarasimha Swamy at the top of the hill.From all the directions, the shape of the hill looks like an elephant. The mountain issaid to have come into existence when Pariyatra, an ancient king, had a son nameHrasva Srungi who visited all the holy and sacred places to regain normal bodilystature. He finally visited the holy place of Mangalagiri and stayed for three years,performing penance. All the devathas advised him to stay at Mangalagiri andcontinue to do penance in praise of Lord Vishnu. The father of Hrasva Srungi camewith his retinue to take his son back to his kingdom, but Hrasva Srungi took theshape of an elephant to remain and become the abode of Lord Vishnu, who is locallyknown as Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy.