Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ahobilam Nava Narasimha Temples

Ahobilam is located in Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghats, about 400 KM northwest of Chennai.  Also it is located at a distance of 40 km from Nandyal and about 150 km from Kurnool, the district headquarters.


The Nine Narasimhasthalas are :- 1. Jwala Narasimha 2. Ahobilam Narasimha 3. Malola Narasimha 4. Kroda Narasimha 5. Karanja Narasimha 6. Bhargava Narasimha 7. Yogananda Narasimha 8. Chatravata Narasimha and 9. Pavana Narasimha.


The shrine of the Ahobilam temple is situated on the top of the first range and is referred to as Upper Ahobilam and down below is called Lower Ahobilam. A huge temple surrounded by a number of buildings can be seen at the Upper Ahobilam. The main shrine or the "sacro sanctum" at Upper Ahobilam was carved out of a big egg like rock with mandapams. There is a tank here, which supplies water to the residents of the Upper Ahobliam temple. It is mainly for growing flowers for the shrine.

There is a Lower Ahobilam in the below with a big temple and enclosures, It was built according to the South Indian style. Thousands of pilgrims can stay here in this temple. The priests of both Upper and Lower Ahobilam stay there even today.



Upper Ahobliam includes the below narasimha temples:
1. Ahobilam Narasimha
2. Kroda Narasimha
3. Jwala Narasimha
4. Malola Narasimha

Lower Ahobliam includes the below narasimha temples:
1. Yogananda Narasimha
2. Chatravata Narasimha
3. Pavana  Narasimha.
4. Bhargava Narasimha

On the way to Upper Ahobilam from Lower Ahobilam, we can see the Karanja Narasimha Temple.

Best way to complete all 9 Narasimha is start with Upper Ahobilam, for that you need a guide because it is inside deep forest.

1. Ahobilam Narasimha:
The temple, situated on the Upper Ahobilam, at a distance of 8km from the Lower Ahobilam, is the main temple and the earliest of all the nine temples there. The Lord here appears in his fierce aspect, called Ugra Narasimha, who is the presiding deity of the temple and is known as Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy. It is firmly believed the Lord Narasimha was 'Svayambhu' (self-manifest) here.


2. Kroda Narasimha:
The temple of this Lord is 1km away from the main temple of Ahobilam Nrisimha Swamy on the Upper Ahobilam. The image of the deity has the face of a boar (varaha or kroda) and the Lord is seen along with his Consort, Lakshmi. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy here.

3. Jwala Narasimha:
 The temple of Jwala Nrisimha Swamy, lies higher up the above temple, on a hill called, 'Achalachaya Meru'. This is about 4km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. This place is said to be the actual spot, where the fierce anger of the Lord reached its culmination when he tore Hiranyakasipu.


4. Malola Narasimha:
Nearly 2km from the main temple of Upper Ahobilam, is the famous shrine of Malola Narasimha Swamy. The deity here appears in 'soumya' (graceful) form. As Lord Narasimha is seen with his consort, Lakshmi, He is known as Malola Narasimha Swamy. The word 'Malola' means beloved to Lakshmi (Ma=Lakshmi, Lola= beloved).


5. Karanja Narasimha:
This shrine is situated at a distance of 1km from the Upper Ahobilam and one furlong from the road leading to Lower Ahobilam. The image of the deity is installed under a tree, called 'Karanja Vruksham'. Hence this Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy.


6. Yogananda Narasimha:
This temple is to the south-east of Lower Ahobilam at a distance of 2km. The popular legend is that after killing Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha taught Prahlada several yogic postures. Therefore, the Lord in this aspect is called Yogananda Narasimha. It is on the same route to Pavana Narasimha.



7. Chatravata Narasimha:
About 3km  from lower Ahobilam, the image of the deity is installed under a peepal tree, surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence, the Lord is called as Chatravata Narasimha Swamy. It is on the same route to Pavana Narasimha.


8. Pavana  Narasimha:
Pavana Narasimha is on the banks of the river, Pavana and it is about 6km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. Hence the Lord of the shrine is known as Pavana Narasimha Swamy.
In addition to the shrines mentioned above, there is a famous shrine dedicated to God Narasimha Swamy in the Lower Ahobilam, which is popularly known as Prahlada Varada Sannidhi. The other objects of this place are 'Ugra Sthambham' and 'Prahlada Mettu'.

 
A. Ugra Stambham:
At a distance of 8km from the Upper Ahobilam temple, we can see a cleft of the mountain dividing it into two visible parts. It is a long-held view that from the cleft, the Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha and this cleft is known as 'Ugra Sthambham'.


B. Prahlada Mettu:
The small shrine, situated in a cave on the hill, is in between Ugra Sthambham and the Upper Ahobilam. It is dedicated to Prahlada Narashimha Swamy. The image of the Prahlada is installed in a small cave.




9. Bhargava Narasimha:
The Bhargava Narasimha Swamy is situated at a distance of 2km from the Lower Ahobilam, on a hill, near the sacred pond, known as 'Bhargava Theertham', where Bhargava Rama performed his penance. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Bhargava Narasimha Swamy. It is different side of Pavana Narasimha.

Secret of this temple is we have to cover all 9 Narasimha temples in a single day.

Traveling to Ahobilam from Bangalore:
From Bangalore, Ahobilam is about 350 K.m. The train timing is not very convenient from Bangalore. Prasant Express leaves Bangalore at 2:00 p.m. and reaches Nandiyal at about 11:50 p.m. From Nandiyal, Ahobilam is about 60 KM via Allagadda. The return train to Bangalore leaves Nandiyal at about 11:10 p.m. and reaches Bangalore at 10 a.m.
By road, the travel is via Madanapalli, Cuddapah, and Allagadda. The drive is about 7:30 hours.
Also there are many APSRTC bus to Allagadda from Bangalore. From Allagadda, there are many local bus to lower Ahobilam.

Few hotels are available at Lower Ahobilam. And there are no hotels in Upper Ahobilam.

November & December is the best season to visit Ahobilam.

22 comments:

  1. It is believed that when Lord Narasimha emerged from the Kambha the first step itself produced 172 sounds which are the first basic tenets of 172 classical ragas encompassing all that can be conceived in all possible man made types. Of this only 52 Melakarta ragas exist today and even these cannot be mastered by any one individual, however prolific his learning may be.We mortals cannot even fathom the extent of the sound vibrations the LORD would have rendered for man's understanding with his own limitations.

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  2. 1) Ugra Narasimha(MAIN)-- MRS

    2) Kroda Narasimha -- RHU

    3)Jwala Narasimha --- SAT

    4)Malola Narasimha --- SUN

    5)Karanja Narasimha -- MER

    6)Yogananda Narasimha -- JUP

    7)Chatravata Narasimha -- MON

    8)Pavana Narasimha --- KTU

    9)Bhargava Narasimha --- VEN

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    1. from Chennai we operate, Friday night we leave and return back sun night. cost 6500/- all inclu

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  3. I have visited ahobilam got to know
    Malola narasimha - sukra
    Yogananda narasimha - sani
    Bhargava narasimha - surya
    Kroda narasimha - rahu

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    1. I visited all the Swayam bhu nine temples along with prathista lakshmi narasimha swamy temple in a single day. As per the guide
      (1) Ugra Narasimha swamy - Jupiter
      (2) varaha - Rahu
      (3) jwala - Mars
      (4) Malola - Venus
      (5) Karanja - Moon
      (6) Yogananda - Saturn
      (7) Chatravata - Ketu
      (8) paavana - Mercury
      (9) Bhargava - Sun

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  4. Can I get these details in tamil

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  5. How much should we pay for guide

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    1. Dear Pruthvi,

      The Guide cost is all the nine temples+Ugra Stambam = Rs. 1400-1500. Of these Pavana+Yogananda+Chatravata + Bhargava is travelled by Jeep and the cost of that is Rs. 2400/-. The jeep entry for offering prayers to Pavana Narasimha is restricted by Forest Dept i.e if we catch a jeep after 3pm it will not be allowed for Darshan. The first Jeep Darshan starts from 5 am to 2pm.

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    2. Dear Pruthvi,

      The Guide cost is all the nine temples+Ugra Stambam = Rs. 1400-1500. Of these Pavana+Yogananda+Chatravata + Bhargava is travelled by Jeep and the cost of that is Rs. 2400/-. The jeep entry for offering prayers to Pavana Narasimha is restricted by Forest Dept i.e if we catch a jeep after 3pm it will not be allowed for Darshan. The first Jeep Darshan starts from 5 am to 2pm.

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  6. Nice post on Narasimha temple. Hope you had a spiritual experience. Temple is near Kurnool, known as the Gateway to Rayalaseema. It is a famous tourist destination and there are many more places to visit in Kurnool and around it. Its a must visit place.

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  7. Although everyone of us has some controlling power, we are not the supreme controller. The supreme controller is God, Krsna.

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  8. I have covered all the 9 + 1 temple dedicated to Narshima god in the lower ahobilam side in a single day.

    The temples are simply the best.

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  9. very devotional temple. every one has to visit once in life time . the environment made me feel awesome. jai narashima.

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  10. I WANT TO VISIT ONE MORE TIME

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  11. I WANT TO VISIT THESE NVA TEMPLES EACH AND EVERY YEAR
    THANKS FOR THE POSTS

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    1. u shall contact www.subhayathratours.com for package tour

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  12. No thats wrong. About the timings.vehicles like jeep and tractors are allowed into the forest even in the mid night also.but dharshan of swamy will be early morning 4 o clock itself.but we can not go in the vehicle to all the temples in the ahobila..they are in the deep forest and mostly walking is the best... Many devoties prefer to walk to the temple. And the guide is not so important many members will be there who are going to these nine temples of narasimha swamy.but very difficult for the aged people who cant walk.....

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