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Simhadri or Simhachalam (Simhachalam is a Suburb of Visakhapatnam City) is a Hindu temple located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, South India. It is dedicated to the incarnation (Avatar) of Vishnu known as Narasimha (the man-lion). The temple is a mix of Orissan (main/central shrine) and Dravidian (entrance) styles of architecture.

Varaha Narasimha Swamy painting at a Temple in Bhadrachalam

Simhachalam Temple

Origin of the name
Simha: Lion ; Adri or Achala: Hill (one which cannot be moved, viz. hill). Atop the hill is a famous temple said to be the abode of Varaha Narasimha Swami, and hence the hill itself is called (nara) simhachalam.

Lord narasimha rock statue backyard simhachalam temple

Lord Varaha stonecarved statue at Simhachalam temple Sri Krishna Deva Raya after defeating the Gajapati ruler of Orissa Gajapati Prataparudra Dev visited the shrine twice in 1516 AD and 1519 AD and offered numerous villages for maintenance of bhogam (worship) along with valuable jewellery of which an emerald necklace is still in the temple. 520 million. However. One of them was to throw him off the top of a mountain. They had to take birth in the mortal world thrice because of a curse given by Sanaka. Simhachalam temple is known as the second richest temple in India (after Tirupati) earning a revenue of Rs. "The Pusapati Gajapathi's" have been the temple's trustees. shrines of Lord Narasimha in India. by any weapons. History It has Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy as the presiding deity.e.e. Sanandana. it is a historically important monument. who were not allowed to take darshan of Mahavishnu by them. Lord Narayana came to rescue Parahalada on Garuda and when they threw Parahalada Lord Narayana jumped from Garuda to save him and in this process his feet went deep into the earth. Jaya and Vijaya. Vishnu rescued him by moving the mountain and made a small path for Prahaladha. Giripradhikshana (circumambulation) . This made Hiranyakasipu angry and he made numerous attempts to get Prahlada killed.D. the rest of the time the deity is covered with Sandalwood paste. Narasimha Deva. neither in sky nor on the earth. on Akshaya Tritiya day. The deity at Simhachalam. An inscription dated as far back as 1098 AD of the Chola King Kuloththunga provides some clue as to its antiquity. Prahalada. Sanathana and Sanathkumara. But. He was in fact one of Vishnu's Dwarapalakas or gate keepers in Vaikuntha. It is said that in the place where the Lord stood to protect Prahaladha is the place where the temple is built. The main deity inside the temple sanctorum gives "nijaroopa darshan" (holy appearance in true form) for only 12 hours in a year i. Hiranyakasipu wanted the entire world to worship him. the lion-man incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu is usually covered with sandalwood paste. With more than 252 inscriptions in Oriya and Telugu describing the antecedents of the temple. Legend Hiranyakasipu was a Rakshasa king. For the last three centuries the royal family of Vizianagaram. The most important thing about this temple is that here we can't see the God's feet. built the main/central shrine in 1267 A. Lord Brahma said that was not possible so Hiranyakasipu asked Lord Brahma to grant him a boon so that he could not be killed by any animal or a man neither in the morning nor in the night. The other palaka was born as his brother Hiranyaaksha. The darshan described as 'Chandana yatra' or 'Chandanotsavam' falls every year in Vaisakha masa (May).Simhachalam 2 Significance It is one of the eighteen "Naarasimha Kshetras" i. Hiranyakasipu could not alter Prahlada's devotion. The original shape of the deity in the tribhanga posture has two hands with the head of a lion on a human torso. In spite of warning him several times. his son. Hiranyakasipu wanted to become immortal and hence performed austerities (tapasya) to propitiate Lord Brahma. Another inscription shows a Queen of the Eastern Ganga of Kalinga (ancient Orissa) (1137-56 AD) covering the image with gold while a third inscription says the eastern Ganga King of Orissa. It is said that the feet is buried inside the earth. However. was a devotee of Lord Narayana and always expressed his bhakti towards Him.

Crowds of elderly people/youth/children are observed walking the 40 km stretch overnight. The localities near the piligrame include Srinivasanagar. as well as the location of the eastern ghat ranges are beautiful and picturesque. etc. The greenery attracts tourists as well as nature lovers. 3 Geography The Simhachalam temple faces west unlike so many others which face east. The hilltop road. shrubs. Simhachalam railway station at Gopalapatnam. the station name as "simhachalam". Sainagar colony. The hills are densely populated with trees like cashew. Metta=hillock). It is said that when Muslims during one of their invasions were about to destroy and plunder the temple.Simhachalam around the hill range (~40 km) from Hanumantha vaka/MVP colony to Simhachalam is done by piligrims during the auspicious days. mango groves. The swarm disappeared behind a hillock after driving out the Muslim armies. brings prosperity while a west-facing one brings victory. Prahladapuram. An east-facing entrance. a huge swarm of copper hornets suddenly appeared and attacked the invading army and drove them out of the city. They visit the temple after the long journey and give their offerings to the deity. That hillock is now known as Tummedala Metta (Tummedala=of hornet. Gallery A Stone carved throne in the backyard of Simhachalam temple Roads laid up to the Gopuram. according to religious belief. some express trains are halt at this station. In response to his fervent prayers. The forestry is protected and well conserved. a poet by name Kurmanatha implored Lord Varaha Narasimha to save his temple and the Hindus. The sacred Pushkarini bathing tank Recent developments In October 2007. the Government of Andhra Pradesh approved a master plan for the development of the region into Divyakshetram on similar lines of Tirumala. Simhapuri colony and many other housing areas. or the entrance to the Simhachalam Temple A newly constructed parking lot opposite to the Gopuram The long hike towards Simhachalam .

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