Significance of Nava Narasimha temples Ahobilam

Significance of Nava Narasimha temples Ahobilam

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam is located in Ahobilam town in Allgadda Mandalam, Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. The temple has 9 shrines to Lord Narasimha. The nine shrines have the following deities inside them. Narasimha Swamy temples at Upper Ahobhilam are Ahobila Narasimha, Jwala Narasimha, Malola Narasimha, Kroda Narasimha. Narasimha Swamy temples at the Lower Ahobhilam are Bhargava Narasimha, Yogananda Narasimha, Kshatravata Narasimha, Pavana Narasimha, Malola Narasimha, Kroda Narasimha. Karanja Narasimha Swamy temple was located between the lower Ahobilam and upper Ahobilam. The significance of Nava Narasimha temples Ahobilam is explained in this article.

Significance of Ahobilam:

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Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy temple:

This is the earliest and main temple of all nine temples in Ahobilam. In this temple, the lord appears in Ugra roopam and is called Ugra Narasimha Swamy. As per puranas, the lord Lakshmi Narasimha swamy is swayambhu here.

Kroda Narasimha swamy temple:

This temple is 1 km away from the main temple of Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy on the Upper Ahobilam. The deity on this temple has the face of a boar or wild pig and is seen with Goddess Lakshmi Devi. So the deity is called Kroda Narasimha Swamy.

Jwala Narasimha Swamy temple:

This temple is on the top of a hill known as Achalchaya Meru and lies about 4 km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. This place is believed to be the place where Lord Narasimha Swamy tore Hiranyakasipudu.

Malola Narasimha Swamy temple:

This temple lies about 2 km from the main temple in Upper Ahobilam. In this temple, Lord Narasimha Swamy is with Goddess Lakshmi Devi, so he is called Malola Narasimha Swamy.

Karanja Narasimha Swamy temple:

This temple is situated at a distance of about 1 km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. The deity is placed under a tree called Karanja Vruksham, so the Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy.

Yogananda Narasimha swamy temple:

This temple is situated at a distance of 2 km from the Lower Ahobilam. As per sthala purana,  after killing Hiranyakasipudu, Lord Narasimha swamy taught bhaktha Prahlada several yoga postures. So, the Lord in this aspect is called Yogananda Narasimha Swamy. This temple is on the same route as Pavana Narasimha Swamy temple.

Chatravata Narasimha Swamy temple:

This temple is about 3 km from the Lower Ahobilam, the deity is placed under a peepal tree, surrounded by a bunch of thorny bushes. So, the Lord is called Chatravata Narasimha Swamy. This temple is on the same route as Pavana Narasimha.

Pavana  Narasimha swamy temple:

Pavana Narasimha Swamy temple is on the bank of the river Paavana and is about 6km from the Upper Ahobilam temple. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Pavana Narasimha Swamy.

In addition to the temples mentioned, there is a famous temple dedicated to God Narasimha Swamy in the Lower Ahobilam, which is popularly known as Prahlada Varada Sannidhi. The other important place here is ‘Ugra Sthambham’ and ‘Prahlada Mettu’. There is an inscription called Prahladha Mettu with “OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VASUDEVAYA” carved on it. 

At a distance of 7 km from Upper Ahobilam temple, there is a crack in the mountain dividing it into 2 parts. It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha Swamy and killed Hiranyakasibudu. That crack is called Ugra Stambham.

Bhargava Narasimha swamy temple:

The Bhargava Narasimha Swamy temple is situated at a distance of 2 km from the Lower Ahobilam, on a hill, near the sacred lake, known as ‘Bhargava Theertham’, where Bhargava Rama performed his penance. Hence the Lord of the temple is called Bhargava Narasimha Swamy.

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