Famous Narasimha swamy temples:
- Malyadri Lakshmi Narsimha, malakonda near Kandukur, Prakasam District Andhra Pradesh
- Ahobilam, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh
- Bidar (Narasimha Jhara), Karnataka
- Mangalagiri, Near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
- Simhachalam, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- Singarayakonda, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh
- Yadagirigutta, Near Bhongir, Andhra Pradesh
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Dharmapuri
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Antarvedi
- Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Vedadri
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Maha Kshetram, Mattapalli
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Vadapalli
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Korukonda
1. Malyadri Sri Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy:
The God Srimannarayana swamy is as Sri Narasimha avatara. He is the God of Malyadri.
He is having Sudarshana Chakra on one hand, Sanku on one hand, Sri Mahalakshmi is sitting on his thigh so one hand is surrounded her and blessing to devotees with one hand. The God is giving the blesses to Yakshas,Gandrvas, Sidhas, and Devamunis on six days (Sunday to Friday).The God is giving the blesses to Devotees(Manavas) on Saturday only.
One day Sri sri mannarayana murthy was on Sesathalpam(Sesapanpu) and Sri Mahalakshmi was sitting near his foots on PalaSamudram(Milk Sea). He said to her if you have any thing in your mind tell me, I will do it for you. She said with smile,” I got you as husband, that is outstanding for my life” but now there are less number of Divya Kshetras on earth so the devotees can not going to there because of expenses. The Devotees are facing problems without God’s Darshan so please make one Divya Kshetra for our devotees.
The God accepted the Mahalakshmi request.The God said to Vanamala to make a wonderful Parvata(Hill) on earth so that Vanamala has changed as Malyadri (Malakonda). Here, different kinds of trees, different kinds of birds, and different kinds of animals are there. This Malyadri is having different shapes of big stones and hills.
2. Ahobilam Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy:
There are nine temples around the Nallamala Forest range. A few temples can be reached through trekking. Some temples are inside the cave. Some temples are very difficult to trek to. The holy shrines of Ahobilam (all the Nava are Nine Narasimhars) are eulogized by Thirumangai Mannan. Hence, Ahobilam is one of the 108 Divya Desams. The hereditary powers of the temple rest with the Pontiff HH Azhagiyasingar of Ahobila Mut. Currently the 45th Jeeyar of this lineage is the reigning Pontiff. The Azhagiyasingars have the unique privilege of being Aradhakars to a Divya Desam (a distinction no other Pontiff enjoys). Occasionally when HH Jeeyar performs Mangalasasanam (pays respects at the temple) at Ahobilam, the Serthi Utsavam is performed (the Moolavar of Malola Nrusimhar and the Utsavar) are united. More.
3. Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple at Bidar (Narasimha Jhira Water Cave Temple):
This is an old Hindu cave temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha. It is excavated in a tunnel, A legend says that Vishnu after Killing Hiranyakashyap, slew another giant named Jharasura. While breathing his last, Jharasura beseeched Vishnu to reside in the cave in which he was living and to grant boons to devotees. Granting last wish of his, Narasimha came to live in the cave. There is a roughly carved image of Narasimha on a stone wall at the end of the cave. For seeing the deity, the visitor has to wade through a canal of 91 meter. The flow of water in the channel is continuous. The depth of the water in the channel is generally 1.37 meters. A good number of devotees visit this temple. Papnash Kshetra is another sacred place of Bidar city. The Shivaling hear is worshiped with much devotion.
Locals say that the temple came into existence when Vishnu killed Hiranyakashyap, slew another giant named Jharasura. While breathing his last, Jharasura requested Vishnu to reside in the cave in which he was living and to grant boons to devotees. Granting last wish of his, Narasimha came to live in the cave and hence the name.
4. Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Mangalagiri:
The temple of Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy is situated on the hill. On the right side of the steps provided to reach the temple, there is a stone inscription by Sri Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar and a little further up, the foot prints of Mahaprabhu Chaitanya are to be seen. Midway on the steps there is a temple of Lord Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy there is only the face with the mouth widely opened. A dhwajasthambham was erected in front of the temple in 1955. Behind the temple there is the temple of Sri Lakshmi, to the west of which there is a tunnel which is believed to lead to Vundavalli caves on the banks of the Krishna. The stone inscription of the kings of Vijayanagar relate besides to the conquest of Rayalu over Kondapalli etc., that Siddhiraju Thimmarajayya Devara granted a total of 200 kunchams (10 kunchams make one acre) land in 28 villages of which Mangalagiri was one and gift of 40 kunchams by China Thirumalayya to Ramanujakutam.
5. Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Simhachalam:
The temple of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha in Simhachalam stands on a hillock, about 18 km from Visakhapatnam. The image of the Lord combines the features of Sri Varaha and Sri Narasimha. The deity is kept covered with sandalwood paste throughout the year and looks like a linga. Only once in a year, devotees can see the real image when the old coat of sandalwood paste is removed and a new coat is applied. This ritual is known as "Chandana Visarjana" celebrated on the third day of Vaisaka (April-May). Prahlada is believed to have built the shrine when he was saved from his father Hiranyakashipu. Vaishnavite saint Narahari Theertha established a religious center here in the 13th century.
The Vengi Chalukyas of Andhra Pradesh renovated the original shrine in the 11th century. Much of the structure as it stands to day is the result of renovation by Narasimha I, of the Eastern Ganga dynasty, in the 13th century. The temple has two exquisitely carved mandapas, the Kalyana and the Natya. The former has sixteen pillars and one of the pillars in the Mukha-mandapa is named Kappam Stambam or "the tribute pillar", which attracts large number of crowds on account of its power of curing cattle diseases and granting children to barren women. There is also a beautiful stone chariot, drawn by stone horses. The columns in the Kalyana Mandapa have splendid bas-reliefs depicting Lord Vishnu's incarnations. The artwork is similar to that of the work at the Sun temple at Konark.
Legends & Myths:
The well-known legend of Lord Vishnu in His incarnation as Narasimha is associated with this temple. Once there lived a demon king Hiranyakashipu who was blessed with immense powers by virtue of his penance to Brahma. He was blessed with a boon that neither man, nor beast nor weapon could kill him, nor would he die indoors or outdoors, he assumed total invincibility and conquered the earth and the nether worlds. He declared himself as the Lord of the universe, and directed his subjects to worship none other than himself. But his own son Prahlada, a staunch devotee of Vishnu defies his orders. Hiranyakashipu tried several means to convince his son, and then to kill him indirectly, and none worked. Finally he challenged him to show him Narayana, whom he worshipped so fervently. Prahlada insisted that Vishnu was omnipresent and that there was no need to show him. An enraged Hiranyakashipu broke open a pillar in front of him, to disprove his son's assertion, and out of this pillar sprang out Narasimha, the man-lion form of Vishnu, who killed him on his doorstep, placing him on his lap.
6. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Singarayakonda:
Singarayakonda: Singam means lion. Konda means "hill". This place has an ancient
Varaha Lakshmi Narashima swamy temple on a hill. Hence this has been called as
Singarayakonda. The temple was built by the king Devaraya, in the 15th Century.
Also in the temple premisis lies a temple of Yoga Nrsimha. Singarayakonda is in the
state of Andhra Pradesh. The nearest city is Ongole. The earliest inscription of the
temple is of 1449-50 AD, which records the plastering to the temple, dedicated to Sri
Narasimha Swamy temple by Bandari Setti and Kuni Setti. The temple seems to be
popular during the reign of Sri Krishnadevaraya, the illustrious king of Vijayanagara, who was a Vaishnava by faith in the early period of 16th century who granted five villages for the support of the temple. The grand Brahmostavaalu celebrations held in june every year, attracts a large number of devotees from all over. Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple is also present in Singarayakonda. Every year a festival is conducted by devotees on phalguna purnima. Located 45kms from Ongole. And well connected by road
This is situated on the NH-5 Highway and has a connectivity of the Railway line
between Vijayawada and Chennai.
A Famous Lord Varaha Narasimha Temple at Singarayakonda Makes Singarayakonda more Prominent for its History, Built By Late King of Vizayanagara Samrajya, His Highness Lord Devaraya, in the Early 15th Century, was modified by his Hair, His Excellency Lord Srikrishnadevaraya himself, the front Gopuram was built by Krishnadevaraya. Also in the same Premisis Lies a Temple Of Yoga Narasimha who sits in a Beautiful posture in one of the Yoga Aasana. Lovely site to Watch, also you can find a temple of Prasannanjaneya who is said to be the Peaceful form of lord Hanuman standing and protecting the lord Himself.
How to Reach
Singarayakonda is situated at a distance of 14 kms. Kandukur, 29 kms. from Ongole and 64 kms from Kanigiri. Singarayakonda is well connected by rail & road with frequent buses from Kandukur, Kanigiri and Ongole. Private transport is also available from Kandukur and Ongole.
7. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Yadagirigutta:
Lakshmi Narasimha Swami temple, shrines of the goddess Andal or Goda Devi, Anjaneya, the five Alwars, Ramalingeswara Swamy and the pushkarini.
Just 60 kilometers from Hyderabad is Yadagirigutta where of the holy shrine of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami is located. Quite a pleasant drive on a now being widened national highway running most of the way parallel to the rail track from Secunderabad to Khazipet, Yadagirigutta is closest to Raigiri Railway station which is only 6 km away.
History: The existence of the temple up and down the hill with five different forms (up the hill) of Lord Narasimha Swami has an interesting tale mentioned in the Skanda purana (one of the 18 sacred Puranas). It is said that Sage Yadarishi, son of Rushyashrunga Maharshi and Santa Devi, performed great penance in the caves located between the hills of Bhuvanagiri (now Bhongir) and Raigiri (another hill in nearby region) to please Lord Narasimha Swami with the blessings of Lord Anjaneya Swami (Lord Hanuman). Seeing the uninterrupted devotion of Yadarishi, Narasimha Swami appeared to him in five different forms- Jwala, Yogananda, Gandabherunda, Ugra and Lakshmi Narasimha.
The first form was that of Jwala Narasimha (a fierce form) which Yadarishi could not tolerate. Then the Lord took a more pleasing form of Yoga Narasimha (Lord in a meditating posture). Yadarishi was not very pleased. Then the Lord took the form of Gandabherunda and Ugra Narasimha with a fierce face. Yada rishi requested the God to appear with His consort. Then Narasimha Swami appeared with His consort Goddess Lakshmi on His lap. Yada rishi was pleased to have darshan of the Lord with His consort and requested the Lord to settle in this region. Pleased with Yadarishi's devotion, Lord settled on the hills primarily in the form of Lakshmi Narasimha and also with all the avataras (forms) He took. This is how you get to see all the five forms of Lord Narasimha in Yadagirigutta Temple.
The legend associated with the temple down the hill is also interesting. It is said that the temple down the hillock is the same place where Yada Rishi performed penance in the name of Lord Narasimha (before the Lord appeared to the sage). This place was directed to the sage by Anjaneya Swami who was sent by Lord Narasimha Himself. Lord Vishnu appeared to the sage in the form of Lakshmi Narasimha in this temple.
How to reach:
Yadagirigutta can be reached by bus, train or plane. It is at a distance of about 55 kms from Hyderabad. You can reach Hyderabad by plane and then opt for a bus, taxi or train. There are number of APSRTC buses that ply from the twin cities (Hyderabad and Secunderabad). Taxis are available in plenty from any part of the city. There are trains from Hyderabad that stop at Raigiri, the nearest railway station to Yadagirigutta. From here, you can reach the temple by local transport facilities.
8. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Dharmapuri:
Three of the most well-known shrines of Lord Narasimhadev in Andhra Pradesh are found in Ahobilam, Simhachalam, and Mangalagiri. Today we move on from our first three segments on Mangalagiri to the Karimnagar district, Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh. There, in the town of Dharmapuri is found the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Devasthanam, in which Yoga Narasimha resides.
On average, more than 1,000 devotees each day visit Lord Narasimha at Dharmapuri. The holy dhama of Dharmapuri is the place where Ugra Narasimha went to cool his temper after killing the demon Hiranyakasipu. At Dharmapuri, the Lord went into a deep meditation with yoga mudra, thereby getting His name of Yoga Narasimha. The shrine was built in honor of the Lord's pastime by the King of Dharmapuri, Dharma Varma, who was a staunch devotee of Narasimhadev. King Dharma Varma is said to have performed meditation on Lord Brahma and Visnu, asking to be given a vision of Lord Narasimha in the Sowmya-roopam as opposed to the terrifying Ugra form. Lord Brahma bestowed this boon on the King.
Dharmapuri is well known for its rich culture and artistic community, which includes theatre, classical music and poetry. There are many temples in the town besides Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Mandir. One, the Shiva panchayatanam, is a miniature temple housing Deities of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh, Nagaraja and Nandiswara.
Dharmapuri is located on the banks of the River Godavary, and is therefore called Dakshin Kashi. A Vedic school and Sanskrit college are located here. The dhama is also called Hari Hara Kshetra due to the presence of Lord Shiva in the form of Ramalingeshwara. Other Deities to be found here that are quite rare include Lord Brahma, Lord Yamadharmaraja, and Lord Shiva in a form other than his typical Lingakaram form. Also found here are Deities of Balarama and Murali Krsna, along with eight images of Hanuman.
Each day, a number of nitya-sevas are performed on the main altar of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Devastanam. These include suprabhata seva, abhishekam, nitya archana, nivedana and neerajana manthra pushpam, sarva darshanam and archana, sahasra namarchana, sarva darshanam and nitya kalyanam, maha nivedana and archana, srva darshanam and archana, and finally sashwata nidhi seva, Laxmi asthottaram, kumkumarchana and nivedana.
Special pujas include Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Nitya Abhisheka Saswata Nidhi, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Ksheerabhisheka Shaswata Nidhi, Narasimha Navaratra Sashata Nidhi Nitya Kalyanam, and Yoga Narasimha Swami Saswata Nidhi (Abhisekham, Seva, Kumkumarchana).
The Brahmotsavams, typically known as jatara in local dialect, are celebrated every year during the month of Phaluguna, which falls generally in February or March.
9. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Antarvedi:
Antarvedi is located at a distance of 130 Kms from Kakinada, 100 kms from Rajahmundry and 65 Kms from Amalapuram. In Kritayuga, Sage Sounaka and his colleagues gathered in Naimisaranya to conduct Satrayaga. In the their Leisure time, they used to learn about the distinguished and significant historical India Shrines from Suta, a quaranic narrator. One day, they asked him to tell about the greatness and significance of Antarvedi Shrine and of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. Suta was pleased to tell the story which was once told by Lord Brahma to Sage Narada.
Once Narada asked Lord Brahma to tell about the historical back-ground of the Antarvedi, Lord Brahma spoke as follows:
10. Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Vedadri
Among the several shrines of Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swamy that flourished on the holy banks of river krishna vedadri is an important one.It is situated just at a distance if 10 Kms from "Chillakallu" on the National High way No.9 from Vijayawada to Hyderabad
Here the Lord is existing in five forms different from each other known as Pancha Narashima Moorthy, namely Jwala Narashima on vedasikara of the mountains, Saligrahma Narashima in the River Krishnaveni, Yogananda Narashima erected by sage Rishya Sringar, as Lakshmi Narashimar on his own peetam and Veera Narashimar on garudadri situated at a distance of 5kms from east to Vedadri.
"Bramhand Purana" says that Somaksura a demon of yore stole the four Vedas from Lard Bramha and hid himself in the Ocean. Lord Bramha then approached his father Lord Srimannarayana Murthy and prayed for the restorain of Vedas. Lord Srimannarayana murthy in 'Matsyavathara'(fish) entered the Ocean, killed the demon somakasura and brought back the Vedas in tact. The Vedas, in human form thanked the lord for his kind gesture in saving them, prayed to stay with them on their heads. There upon the lord munificiantly granted their prayer but said that the would do that only after killing another demon Hiranya kasapa and saving his son prahalda. The Lord also assured the Vedapurushas that he would stay with them as Panchamurti only. So saying the Lord bid them till such time to remain in the river krishnaveni as Saligrama mountain. Lord bid them that krishnaveni also prayed to allow her to worship him everyday and that he granted her the boon. He assured the Vedapurshas that both the prayers would be granted simultaneously. According to the bid of the Lord the Veda purashas remind in Krishnaveni as Saligrma mountain.
Later the Lord incarnated himself as 'Narasimha' killed the mighty demon Hiranya kasapa and served Prahalda and ever since stayed as Jwala Narasimha on the mountain head at Vedadri in fulfilment of the inclination of Veda Purushas. Then Lord Bramha requested Jwala Narasimha to stay in Sathya Loka as Saligrama Narsimha so the Lord went to Sathya Loka as Saligrama Narasimha at the request of Lord Bramha. But even before Bramha offered his worship to the Lord in Sathya Loka, the Sathya Loka was consumed in flames. There upon Lord Bramha personally brought Saligrama Narsimha Murthy to the river krishnaveni and erected the Saligrama Murti on the Saligram Mountain. Thus Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swamy the incarnation of Lord Srimannarayana fulfilled the desires of both Veda Purushas and the river krishnavenim simultaneously.
Later on, the Lord, at the request of Rishis like Rishya Srugna and Kings like Mann, stayed in the middle of the mountain as Yogananda Narasimha Swamy and at the request of the Garudas the Lord stayed as verra Narasimha and as per the Prayer of Vana Devatha the Lord is prevading the mountain as Laxmi Narasimha Murthi. Thus this holy place is sanctified by the presence of all devotes who descended from the heavens to worship the Lord who enriched the mountain with several holy spirits. The facts were revealed by Suta Mahamuni to Sownaka and others who acclaimed the efficacy of Vedadri as an unique deity in the entire world. It is the only place where Pancha Narasimha Murtis are existing.
The Lord is staying as Jwala Narasimha on Vedasikhara of the mountain, as Saligram a Narasimha in the river krishnaveni and as Yoganada Narasimha, having been erected by Saga Rishya Srunga and in his own Peetam as Laxmi Narasimha Swamy. The Lord Sreemannarayana has incarnated himself as Veera Narasimha on the Garudadri , situated at a distance of 5 Km. east of Vedadri.
Thus the Lord is existing in the five forms different form each other other called Pancha Narasimha murthis namely (Jwala, Saligrama, Veera,Yoganandac and Laxmi Nrusimha).This holy shine is called Laxmi “VEDADRI”. Several lakhs of devotees visit this holy shrine to seek the Lords blessings. Nyasa said, that at the beginning of Kallyuga all the rishis approached him and implored about the evil effects of Kali and prayed for a way out of it. He was just about to sit for penance after finishing holy dip in Ganges, grasped the purpose for which the rishis have come to him Vyasa told them that the people of Kali are singularly fortunate because they need not perform any situals like Yagnas or deep penances as in other Yugas. He said that simple chanting of the holy name of the Lord is Sufficient. i. e., mere ‘ Smarana ‘ which bestows salvation.
Kalav Smaranan mukthi. It means in kaliyuga mere smarana is enough for mukthi. The rishis having got the information from veda vyasa beg an searching for a suitable place for their penance and at last they found Vedadri as the most suitable place, as the Lord is staying there in five forms (Panchamurthi). Further the rishis while searching, for a suitable place heard recitals in perfect swaras being emanated from the holy mountain they named as ‘Vedadri’ the mountain of Vedas. The rishis were enchanted by the chanting of Vedas by the Mountain, especially the same veda (music) the Gandharva Swara and its varied moorchans. They have been in mensely satisfied by the holy recitals and have settled there for penance. They took a holy dip in river krishnaveni , had a pradakshan of the mountain and then settled in Penance.During their deep Penance in their Samadhi., they heard a divine voice saying “Holy rishis this is Vedadri or Vedagiri where Lord Sreemannarayana has taken the avatara of Nrusimha Swamy”. After the holy words the rishis discovered a Luminous light discerning the path upwards the mountain by which the rishis have scaled it and found Yogananda Nrusimha Swamy in a temple on the top of the mountain. The rishis who were over whelmed with joy praised the Lord chanting his holy name.
Namasthe Narasimhaya Smasaranava Setave I
Namh Kalyana Roopaya Veda Seershyathe Namha II
Then the Lord gave them darshan as Jwala Nrusimha in the shape of fire, as Saligrama murti in the river, as Yogananda Nrusimha (Laxmi Nrusimha Murti), as Veera Nrusimha murti in Garudachala. The rishis after Visiting all the shrines came back to Vedadri and sat for Penance. This mountain has been enriched in its spiritual splendor not only by the Pancha Murtis but also due to the Penance of several rishis. The adage is “Theerthi Kurvanthni Theerthami”. This holy shrine has been embellished with glory historically also. The boundary walls have been built by Reddi kings about eight or nine hundred years ago. They have maintained the holy shrine with all its prettier purity and spiritual splendor.
One of the Poet trinities Yerrapragada and great Kavi Sarvabhouma Sreenadha hae Visited this shrine. Vaggeya Kara Narayana Teerthulu worshipped, this Lord four days and worte the Tarangas in praise of Laxmi Nrusimha, Yerrapragada of the renowned Kavithraya (Trinity ) wrote the stotra Dandakam enlogising the diety. Kavi Sarvabhowma Sreenadha in his epic ‘ Kasi Kandam’ referred to this great deity.
This holy shrine of divine splendor has carved a niche in the hearts of all the devotees who worshipped this deity and quenched their mortal desires.Picture gallery:
11. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Maha Kshetram, Mettapalli
The Lord has been radiating glory from the Mattapalli cave kshetra since time immemorial. Originally, Lord Nrsimhadeva was worshipped here only by the rishis and devas. Sri Bharadwaaja Maharshi worshipped the Deity here every day, accompanied by various other sages.
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. More
12. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Vadapalli
The Vadapalli 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".
Vadapalli is also a famous place of worship for Lord Shiva's devotees. The two main temples are the Sri Lakshmi-Narasimha Swami temple and a Sri meenakshi Agasteswara temple, which was constructed by the Kakatiya rulers in the 12th century. There, a Shivalinga is said to always hold a certain level of water, no matter how much water is removed.
There are Puranic references to the history of Lord Narasimha's appearance at Vadapalli. According to the Puranas, Vyasa Bhagavan, knowing the piousness of the place, meditated for a long time on the manifestation of Sri Narasimha Swamy. The Lord benedicted him by manifesting in his ferocious Ugra form.
Vyasa Bhagavan experienced Lord Narasimha at the moment when His breath was filled with tremendous anger, so he concluded that the Lord had come to him just after killing Hiranyakasipu. Therefore, he prayed to Sri Narasimha Swamy to manifest at Vadapalli in that Form only. Accordingly, Lord Narasimhadeva manifested there to bless the devotees and to alleviate their suffering. Even now, it is said that the Deity breathes in out. The temple priests have arranged two lamps here. One lights the face of the Lord and can be seen to quiver, as evidence of the fact that the Lord is continually breathing in and out. The second lamp, kept below, burns resolutely.
The Vadapalli and Vedadri temples in Krishna District are also understood to be two of a group of five Narasimha temples which together, form a holy dhama, or religious collective. The other three temples in the group are located at Mattapalli in Nalgonda District, Ketavaram and Mangalagiri in Guntur District.
Although built during different time periods, these five Sri Narasimha temples are connected historically, by the devotees' worship of the Deities, and through their iconography. Author Dr. Anu Vedagiri has published a scholarly study of these five temples in her book, "Five Narasimha Temples in Andhra Pradesh" (2004). In her book, she identifies three prevalent iconographic themes that are associated with the five temples. These include the role of Laksmi devi as the primary servant of Narasimhadev, the importance of the Krishna River, and the underlying Tantric affiliation within the Vaisnava ritual practices in the temples.
13. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Korukonda
It is located at a distance of 60 km from Kakinada,20 Km from Rajhmundry and 110 km from Amalapuram. This is an ancient and historical temple and also a Vyshnava Divya Kshetra. The daily rituals are being performed according to Vyshnava - Vyghanasa Agama Sastra.
There are two temples out of which one is Swayambuvu and another is Prathista Deity. The Swayambhuvu is situated in about 120 mts. height having about 615 steps which are very keen and because of this keen formation of the hill the village is named as "Korukonda".
The deity which is a Swayambhuvu appears in a holy place at the top of the hill measuring about 9 inches. It is really wonder and mankind could not be instate either the deity or any other stone which is about 120 mts. height, the temple which was constructed long long back have got much Silpa Soundaram around it.
There are number of Sila - Sasanams appeared in the temple and as well as on the top hill of the temple. The temple was constructed about 700 - 800 years back and the family of Parasara Bhattar were looking the affairs of the temple and the same tradition is still being continued by recognizing the family members as founder trustee.
There is no doubt this is a very good looking place having site seeings through out the hill and steps. The great poet Sri Srinatha in his poetry prayed the God stated, this Korukonda is "Vedadri". This was supported by Sila - Sasanam which was found at Lakshmaneswaram Village, Narsapur Taluk, W.G.Dt. which related to 1443 A.D.
Recently the Government have proposed to take up developments around this temple noted as a tourism place.
* Sri Swamy Vari Kalyana Mahostavam (Phalguna Suddha Ekadasi) (March).
* Telugu New Years Day (Chaitra Suddha Padyami) (March/April).
* Sri Ramunjula vari Thiru Nakshtram (May).
* Godavari Pushkara Mahostavam (Sravana Masam - Entrance of Guru in Simha Rasi) (July/August once in 12 Years).
* Sri Vyshnava Krishnastami.
* Sarannavarathri Utsavam (Sri Lakshmi Poojalu) ( Asveeja Suddha Padyami) (October).
* Dhanurmasa Rituals ( Margasira Masam) (December).
* Mukkoti Mahostavam (Sudda Ekadasi) (January).