Ahobilam Narasimha Temple is the main temple and earliest among all the nine temples. Ahobilam Narasimha Temple is situated on the Upper Ahobilam at a distance of 8km from Lower Ahobilam. The mythology says that Lord Vishnu appeared to the Devas as half-lion and half-man, one of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. By seeing Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu, the Devas is said to be shouted saying Ahobala (great strength) and Ahobila (the cave where the current sanctum is located). And hence, this place is called as Ahobalam or Ahobilam.
And it is said that Ahobila is the place where Lord Narayana killed the demon Hiranyakashipa, appearing from the stone pillar. Nine temples are dedicated to ‘Lord Narasimha’ (one of the ten incarnations of ‘Lord Vishnu’) which is called as Nava Narasimha temples and also situated at Ahobilam in the Allagadda municipality of Karnool district in Andhra Pradesh. The Nava Narasimha Temples are:
- Ahobilam Narasimha Temple
- Varaha Narasimha Temple
- Jwala Narasimha Temple
- Malola Narasimha Temple
- Karanja Narasimha Temple
- Yoganandha Narasimha Temple
- Chatravata Narasimha Temple
- Paavana Narasimha Temple
- Bhargava Narasimha Temple
Presiding deity of this temple is believed to be ‘svayambu’ (self-formed) and worshipped as ‘Lord Ahobila Narasimha Swamy’ and also called as ‘Ugra Narasimha’ because He appears here in His fierce aspect. The Goddess found in this temple is Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Senjulakshmi. Ahobilam Narasimha Temple present a magnificent stone art and the entire history of Ahobilam temple has been sculptured there in stone form. The temple complex also locates the shrine of Adivan Sathagopulu.
The sculptures of investiture of Lord Srirama, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, images of the poet Annam Acharya, who praised Lord Narasimha with his songs, are also sculptured on the walls of the temple. And it is also said that Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy, the great sage have meditated at this place to write Kalagnana, the knowledge of future. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Ahobilam Narasimha Temple is called as Guhai Vimanam and the Pushkarani (temple tank) of this temple are Pavanasini, Bhargava, Indra, Nrisimha and Gaja Pushkarani.
The temple remains open from morning 5.30 am to night 8.30 pm.
Brahmotsavam (10 days) – February
It is connected by state buses from Hyderabad, Tirupati, Chittoor, Cuddapah, Kurnool, Nellore and Chennai which is 24 km. from the place Allagadda.
Nandyal town (74 km. on Guntur-Hubli line) and Cuddapah (118 km. on Madras-Bombay line) are the convenient railheads.
Hyderabad & Tirupati are the nearest airports.
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