A distant view of Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple from the steps of the temple
A distant view of Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple from the steps of the temple

Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, also known as Sri Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is located at Thirukkadigai (Sholinghur), Vellore district of Tamilnadu. Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples, which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thirukkadigai’. The mythology was that Lord Narasimha rested at this place to decrease His anger after killing the demon king. The shrine of Lord Hanuman in ‘Chinna malai’ (small hill) can be seen facing the shrine of Lord Narasimha and meditating towards Lord Narasimha.

There are three separate shrines, located on the hill. The three shrines are:

  1. Sri Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
  2. Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple
  3. Sri Yoga Anjaneyar Swamy Thirukovil or Hanuman Temple

Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple is said to be located at the peak of the hill which is called as ‘Periya Malai’ (big hill). The deity Lord Narasimha is seen in a yogic posture. Hence the deity is called as Lord Yoga Narasimha Swamy. And Goddess Amrithavalli Thayaar is housed in a separate shrine. Sri Yoga Anjaneyar Swamy Thirukovil is located on the small hill which is known as Chinna malai. The deity Lord Hanuman is seen in a Sukasana posture (pleasant pose). The other shrines of this temple are the shrine of Lord Varadaraja and Lord Rama.

Specialty

It is believed that the sage Vishvamitra, one of the most venerated sages of ancient times in India has obtained Brahmarishi, a member of the highest class of sages who has understood the meaning of Brahman or has attained the highest divine knowledge Brahmajnana, at this holy place after worshipping towards Lord Narasimha for about 45 minutes. And it is also said that Lord Budha, the son of Lord Chandra, has worshipped Lord Narasimha at this place and got relieved of from His curse which was given by the sage Durvasa.

The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple is called as Brahma Pushkarani also known as Thakkan Kulam, and a holy dip in this temple tank is believed to cure from all the diseases. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of this temple is called as Simha Koshtakkruthi (Simhagra) vimaanam.

Pooja Timings

The temple remains open from morning 08.00 am to 05.30 p.m.

Festivals

  • Bramothsavam – April or May
  • Narasima Jayanthi, Vasantha Uthsavam – May or June
  • Garuda Seva, Thiruvona Festival – June or July
  • Andal Thiruadipora Festival, Gajendra Motcham – July or August
  • Thirupavithrothsavam – August or September
  • Navarathri Festival – September or October
  • Diwali – October or December
  • Karthigai Festival – November or December
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi – December or January
  • Float Festival, ThaiPoosam – January or February
  • Dhavana Uthsavam, Masi float festival – February or March
  • PanguniUthram – March or April
By Road

Two National Highways – NH 4 (Mumbai – Chennai) and NH 46 (Krishnagiri – Ranipet) connect parts of the district to other parts of the country. NH 46 passes through Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Vellore and Arcot before joining NH 4 at Ranipet.


By Train

Railway network in Vellore comes under the Southern Railways, with Vellore (Katpadi), Arakkonam and Jolarpettai forming the major railway junctions in the district.


By Air

The nearest airport is at Chennai.

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