Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Maha Kshetra in Mattapalli

Mattapalli in the Huzurnagar taluq, Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, which is home to another famous temple of Lord Narasimhadeva. Here, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami (also known as Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy) resides in His maha kshetram cave dwelling beside the Krishna River. The other presiding Deities of Mattapalli dhama are Sri Raajyalakshmi Thaayar and Sri Chenchu Lakshmi Thaayar, who are present alongside Lord Narasimha.

Mattapalli is the centre of a cluster of Nrsimhadev temples, which are placed in all four directions: Vedadri, Vadapally, Vethapuram and Mangalagiri. Together, the five temples are known as the Pancha Narasimha Kshetras.

Location: Mattapalli is 25km from Huzurnagar. Huzurnagar can be approached from Kodada or Miryalaguda. Kodada is on the Vijayawada - Hyderabad Highway and is 15km from Huzurnagar. Kodada is 175km from Hyderabad and 100km from Vijayawada.

Pancha NaraSimha Kshethrams
MangalaGiri Vedadhri MattaPalli VaadaPalli Kethavaram
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Andhra Pradesh is the home for popular Pancha Narasimhakshetra, Kshethrams. These five NaraSimha Kshethrams are located on the banks of river Krishna and they are MangalaGiri, Vedadhri, MattaPalli, VaadaPalli and Kethavaram.

Mangalagiri Panaka Narasimha: on the top of the hill: you can see only narasimhars mouth opening about 15 cms. This offering is actually poured into the mouth of the rock cut image of the deity.

In Vedadri, Lakshminarasimhar here exists in 5 different forms - Pancha Narasimha moorthy (Jwala, Veera, Salagrama, Yoganandha, Lakshmi narasimha)

Jwala Narasimha Swamy on the mountain (veda mountain)
Salagrama Narasimha on river Krishnaveni
Yoganandha narasimha Swami
Lakshmi Narasimha Swami
Veera Narasimha Swami on Garudadri (5k east of Vedadri)

The Wadapally Lakshmi Narasimhar temple is situated in Nalgonda district near the town of Miryalaguda, at the confluence of the River Krishna and Musi River. These two rivers very unusually come together in the shape of an "L".

Kethavaram is situated on the banks of River Krishna. It is Located approximately 80 km from Guntur. It is 25 Kms.Away from Bellam Konda which is on Guntur-Macherla Highway. RTC buses ply from Sattenapalli to Kethavaram on Chityala, Pulichintala routes.

Kethavaram gets its name from the local ruler KethaVarma in ancient times. He ruled this area during 11th Century. It is also called as Kaataaram or Kethaaram. There are three temples for Sri NarasimhaSwamy here.

Mattapalli : There is a belief that incurable diseases will be cured and the evil spirits will be driven out and all desires will be fulfilled by the Lord if one stays in Mattapalli for 11 days and 11 nights and performs 32 pradakshinams thrice a day with wet clothes having bathed in the Krishna river each time.

Namakkal Narasimhar - Namagiri NarasimhaSwamy

Lord Lakshminarashimha is sitting inside the Cave temple of Saligrama hill on a Rathna Simhasanam (Golden chair with all precious gems) in Veerasa posture facing west direction. Veerasana is one of the Yoga posture, in which body remains stiff and straight and mind remains strong and brave. Lord Lakshminarashimha facingwest direction considered as one of the special feature of this temple, which will give devotes immense courage and power.

He is decorated with Karanda Maghudam (Special design of Golden crown), golden earrings, and wildflower garland and sandal paste on his body. He is having four hands with Prayoga Chakram on his top right hand (Chakram which is ready to use) and Pancha Sanyam on top left hand (white conch). His down right hands is with Aahwana Muthra, like inviting devotees with assurance and kept his down left hand on his left Knees. Goddess Mahalskhmi resides on his right chest (Sreevatsa Lakshmi).

He is wearing Saligrama Haram with 108 saligramams and having Velli Pirambhu (Silver stick) which is used to punish demons, nullify the evils sprit and clear black magic.

God is sitting hear after the Hiranya Samharam, but with the same angriness and rude eyes. His golden eyes and brave structure in a dark cave with the lights of ghee lamp might fearsome everybody at the first sight.

God Lakshminarashimha is surrounded by Sanakan, Sanathanan, Suryan, Chandran, Bramha and Siva.Sanakan and Sanathanan (sons of Bramha) is always conveying the happenings in the world in a secrete manner. Suryan and Chandran is always doing Chamara Samarpanai (fanning) to reduce his angriness. Lord Bramha and Siva came down to Namakkal as Devotees to have Dharsan of Lord Lakshminarashimha. 

Because of Hiranya samharam, (killed King Hiranya with Gods’ nails), there are some BLOOD STAINS on his right hand palms, which is believed to be the blood of King Hiranya. This is very rare to have a Dharsan of this blood stains on Lord Narashimha hands.

This is one of the special temple with the merit of Thirumurthy Sthalam, in which Lord Bramha, Siva and Vishnu resides in the same temple and situated in the same golden chair.

This Cave temple is one of the best example of the architecture and sculpture intelligence of Pallava’s Kingdom. This cave is really big in size and designed by craving as roof, floor and pillars.

Details about Namakkal

Namakkal is a historic town dating back to at least the 9th century. The name Namakkal derives from Namagiri, which is the name of the single rock formation at the center of the town. The rock is enormous - 65 meters high and more than a kilometer in circumference. Over this massive rock is a fort. It is called Tippu Sultan's fort. The Hindu sculptures in front of the gate and the Hindu temple inside, leads the main controversy whether it was actually built by Tippu Sultan.

Namakkal is located at 11.23° N 78.17° E. It has an average elevation of 218 metres (715 feet). It is close to Kolli Hills (Tamil:Kollimalai)- which is part of the Eastern Ghats (Tamil:Kizaku thodarchi malai). The closest river is Kaveri. The city is approximately 380 km southwest of Chennai, 250 km south of Bangalore, 175 km southeast of Coimbatore, 85 km northwest of Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), and 57 km south of Salem. Its landscape is such that it would not be affected by floods. 

Anjaneyar Temple Namakkal
Namakkal is famous for a life size Hanuman Statue(Anjaneynar) carved out of a single stone. The city lies at the foot of a huge rock, upon which there is a fort. The name Namakkal immediately brings to mind ‘Namakkal Anjaneyar’ – the temple of Hanuman at Namakkal. The idol of Hanuman is 18 feet or so in height, and stands under open sky. Opposite to the Hanuman is a temple of Narasimha.

Ahobilam is a major center of pilgrimage in south India. According to the legend, this is where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipa. It is an important place of worship for Vaishnavas. It is one of the 108 Divya desam.

This Nava Narasimha Kshetram enshrines Ahobila Narasimhan, Varaha Narasimhan, Malola Narasimhan, Yogananda Narasimhan, Bhavana Narasimhan, Kaarancha Narasimhan, Chakra Vada Narasimhan, Bhargava Narasimhan and Jwala Narasimhan. In the temple at the foothills, the Moolavar Prahladavaradan in a seated posture facing east; there are festival images of 8 of the Narasimhas, other than malola Narasimha. The festival image of Malola Narasimha is located in the Ahobila Mutt. The Moolavar in the Ahobila Mutt is Lakshmi Narasimha, while the utsavar is Rama. 

Location: Ahobilam is located in Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghats, about 400 KM northwest of Chennai.


Thiru Evvul - Sri Veeraraghava Perumal Temple, Tiruvallore


The temple is one among the 108 divya desams of vaishnavas and a part of tondai naadu divyadesams. Amavasya days are believed to be auspicious for visiting this temple.

The presiding deity Veera raghava perumal is in a reclining position in the temple. The lord’s right hand is positioned on Salihothra Munivar’s head while the left hand is in the Gyana Mudra position indicating the teaching of the four Vedas to the Lord Brahma.

Location: This temple is situated in Tamil Nadu. 30 miles from chennai in North west direction, 3 miles away from Thiruvallore Railway Station, which is in between Chennai to Arakkonam Railway lane. Plenty of bus facility available.

Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple - Srirangam

Srirangam is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu . It is also considered the first, foremost and the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam. In the Vaishnava parlance the term "KOIL" signifies this temple only. The temple is enormous in size. The temple complex is 156 acres in extent. It has seven prakaras or enclosures. These enclosures are formed by thick and huge rampart walls which run round the sanctum. There are 21 magnificent towers in all prakaras providing a unique sight to any visitor. this temple lies on an islet formed by the twin rivers Cauvery and Coleroon.

Location: Located 20kms North West of Trichy near Manasanallur between two rivers Peruvalavan and Kamba (these have gone into extinction and are currently seen in the form of a small canal) is the Adhi Nayaka Perumal temple in Gopurapatti, where the Moolavar is seen in a Bala Sayana Posture with a Measuring Instrument.


Nachiyar Koil Thiru Naraiyur


Temple of Special prominence for Goddess,The Place where ThiruMangai Mannan was initiated the ‘Pancha Samaskaaram’ by Thiru Naraiyur Nambi Kal Garuda increases in weight manifold - While only 4 people carry him out of the sannidhi, 128 people are required to carry him out of the temple.

Naachiyaar Koil in Thiru Naraiyur is one of the few Divya Desams where Goddess has prominence over the Lord. Some of the other Divya Desams where Goddess is dominant are Srivilliputhur, Uraiyur and Thiruvellarai. While Srivilliputhur is called Naachiyaar Thiru Maaligai, Thiru Naraiyur is called Naachiyar Koil. There is no separate Sannidhi for Goddess and she is always seen together with the Lord. 

Location: Located 10kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvarur Road is the Naachiyaar Koil in Thiru Naraiyur.

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is situated on the peninsular tip Rameshwaram. It was Lord Rama who installed this Linga there, when he was on his way to attack Ravana he reached this place where he made a linga of sand and worshipped it. It was also believed that when Lord Rama was drinking water on the seashore there was a celestial proclamation – 'You are drinking water without worshipping me'. Listening to this Lord Rama made a linga of sand and worshipped it and asked to be blessed so that he could vanquish Ravana. Lord Shiva blessed him accordingly. He also requested Lord Shiva to reside eternally here so that entire mankind should benefit from it. Shiva then manifested himself are the Linga and got installed there for eternity.

Location:  This place is situated in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India, its geographical coordinates are 9° 17' 0" North, 79° 18' 0" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Rāmeswaram. 

Sholingur Narasimha at Thiru Kadigai

Lord Vishnu who undertook the Narasimha Avataaram at Ahobilam (Andhra Pradesh), once again displayed the Narasimha Avataaram to saptha rishis, who undertook penance at Sholingur. Hence, this is said to be the one of the most sacred of “Divya Desams on the Hill” in Tamil Nadu. 
Located about 90kms west of Madras (and about 25kms from Arakkonam and 40kms from Tiruttani), atop a hill on a single stone is the Lord Narasimha Divya Desam in Sholingur, also called Chozha-Simha-Puram and Thiru Kadigai. This is also referred to as UtheeCheerangam(North Srirangam). 

There are two temples of significance here- the Yoga Narasimha temple at Periya Malai (the big hill) and the Yoga Chathurbhuja Anjaneyar temple at Chinna Malai (the small hill).

Location: It is just 27 K.m. away from Arakkonam on the Bangalore-Madras Train Route. Easy transport facility is also available from Chennai, Vellore,Chittor, Tiruttani, Arakkonam and Arcot. People alight at Arakkonam junction and come to this place. 

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