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Ahobalam/Ahobilam Kshetra-Part 2


Continuing our journey of digitally visiting the Ahobila punya kshetra we move onto the Nine Narasimha temples. The first temple described in the part 1 post was the temple for Prahlada Varada located in the foothills.

The next temple located about 2 kilometres from the Prahlada Varada temple is

1.Bhargava Narasimha Temple : It is said the great Parashurama did penance here to seek a vision of the Lord and he was blessed here with a darshan by the Lord. Since Parashurama is also known as Bhargava this temple derives its name from his name. This temple is easily approachable

Pathway to Bhargava Narasimha

Moola Virat of the Bhargava Narasimha Swamy

2.Yogananda Narasimha Swamy : This temple is at a distance of 3 Km from the lower Ahobilam and it contains a beautiful vigraha of Narasimha swamy in Yogananda pose. The great devotee prahlada after being blessed with the vision of the lord was instructed in all the sastras including yoga by the lord himself at this blessed place.

Yogananda temple on the hillock

The lord himself teaching Padmasana to his devotee

3.Chatravata Narasimha Swamy :    The temple is also located at 3 Km from the foothills but on a different route.

Chatramu =Umbrella or the Cover provided to a king or the sway or influence of a king .

All meanings hold in this case as the Lord’s temple is under a large canopy of a tree .The form of the lord here is very pleasant and he loves to enjoy the music of the celestials. The interesting thing is a lot of snakes seem to be present around here , but they do not the humans unless provoked.

Chatravata Narasimha temple where the tree used to stand

Chatravata Narasimha Swamy Moola Virat

4.Ugra Narasimha Sannidhi : Now we start our journey to Upper Ahobilam where this temple is located. We have to take a journey by bus route for about an hour to reach this temple. The bhavanaasini river flows closeby and many devotees prefer to take a dip in the river to wash away their sins and then visit the Lord. Temple has been constructed over the cave where the Lord had incarnated.

Ugra Narasimha temple entrace-Notice cave in lower level

Ugra Narasimha swamy with the demon thrown across his thighs

5.Krodha Narasimha/Varaha Narasimha : Trekking upward for roughly about a kilometre we are led to the shrine of Krodha Narasimha .Since the idol of the lord also resembles his Varaha avatara which preceded the Narasimha avatara , he is also known as Varaha Narasimha .

Climbing up the hills- Krodha Narasimha swamy temple

The angry form of the lord-Notice the standing Varaha with tusk turned upward

6. Karanja Narasimha : Once upon a time Lord Hanuman did penance in ahobilam and was blessed with the vision of the Lord under a Karanja tree. Hanuman could not bear to see the lord in any other form and requested him to appear to him only in the form of Lord Rama. The Lord obliged and in this Idol you can also the bow and arrow. This is a sitting padmasana pose of the Lord.

Karanja Narasimha Swamy temple

Karanja Narasimha Swamy Moola Virat

7. Maalola Narasimha :Maa refers to the universal mother Goddess Lakshmi and Lola is one who is always in love with her. The Lord here is a very pleasant form of Lakshmi Narasimha . The shrine is located 2 Km from upper ahobilam. The mother herself is sitting on the lap of the Lord. The speciality of this temple is the worst sins are forgiven here. Naturally since the mother is with the lord she is very kind hearted and like any mother naturally forgives her children.

Malola narasimha temple

Lakshmi Narasimha swamy

8.Jwala Narasimha : The temple is located at an altitude of 2800 feet and it takes a solid 2 hr trek from Upper ahobilam into the hills to reach this temple . The Lord emerged in a blazing pillar of fire to save his devotee at this place and killed the demon hiranyakashyipu. The idol is 3 feet tall with ten hands and is in the roudra roopa. The path is very narrow and slippery while trekking and it is usually hard to reach this temple . There is a small pond called rakta kundam nearby where the lord washed his hands after killing the demon.The water here is reddish in colour and recently a temple has been constructed here.

Way to Jwala Narasimha -The hills

On way to Jwala hill

Temple on the hill

Moola virat Jwala Narasimha swamy

9.Paavana Narasimha : The temple is situated at a distance of 6 Km from the river Bhaavanaasini in the upper reaches of upper Ahobilam.The temple is very difficult to reach due to the presence of wild animals. Lions and tigers roam freely here in the forests of Nallamalla even to this day. This area is a protected forest with the presence of both naxals and tribals in this area. The chenchu tribes also offer worship to this form of Narasimha . It takes a solid trek of 1 hr to reach this temple and one can do so only in the daytime . It is said the goddess incarnated as Chenchu Lakshmi among the tribes and the Lord came down to wed her .

Pavana Narasimha swamy temple in the hills

Pavana Narasimha swamy Moola virat

Ukku Sthambham : Ukku Sthambham is located about 8 Km from the Upper ahobilam temples and is the spot where the huge steel pillar stood from which the Lord emerged to save his devotee.The pillar is located at the edge of a cliff and is naturally spilit into two as proof that the Lord emerged here.It is near impossible to reach this place . The forest crawls with wild cats and one must surely have the grace of the lord to even do a pradakshina of this pillar.

Ugra Stambha

Stambha in the distance at a great height

top of the ugra stambha

What a feeling to climb to the top of the Ugra Stambha

A last note : Many of these images are sourced from various places in the net. Many thanks to the original uploaders and all credit to them . The purpose of this blog and post is only to spread awareness of  a great punya kshetra like Ahobilam and not in the slighest sense commercial.

May the Prahlada Varada Narasimha bless all of us .

At the feet of Lord Narasimha

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Yelukoti Rao permalink
    07/15/2010 1:14 AM

    “Satakoti” in this article is wrongly translated as thousnad crores.
    But it is “Hundred crores”.

    ” Sahasrakoti” means thousnad crores.

    please correct this, Non-indians may misunderstand.

    • 07/15/2010 6:59 AM

      Rao garu

      I checked the article ,Probably you are referring to the blogpost on Annamayya Kalaganti song. Thanks for pointing out the error ,was probably overlooked in proofreading and will correct it.


  2. 08/19/2011 9:27 PM

    Sri Ugra Narasimha Swamy Temple in Upper Ahobhilam is the main temple.Please put more pictures of this temple.Thank you.

  3. 06/29/2012 6:24 PM

    jai laxmi narasimha swamy jai ahobilam ****

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