After Hiranyasamhara by the Lord, all the devas praised the strength and courage (Balam & Showyam) of the Lord, as “Ahoveeryam, Ahoshowryam Ahobahupa Rakramam Narasimham, Paramdaivam Ahobilam Temple Ahobalam”
Lord Rama, while searching for Seetha, was stated to have worshipped Lord Narasimha here with His Panchamrita Stotram. Lord Balaji offered Nivedyam to Lord Narasimha, during His wedding to Padmavathi Thayar at Tirumala Hills. Lord Shiva praised Lord Narasimha as ‘Supreme God’ in His Mantrarajapada Stotram. Rudra has a small shrine adjacent to Sri Ahobila Narasimha sannidhi. Garuda did Tapas here and the Lord appeared before him. Navagrahas have worshipped the Nava Narasimha Moorthies at Ahobilam Temple. They were relieved of their problems from Asuras, and from the curses, they received from Maharishis.
It is believed that Chandra (Moon) took to the worship of Sri Karanja Narasimha, Mars to Jwala Narasimha, and so on. Adi Sankara was protected from danger to his life and he glorified the Lord Narasimha by his famous Karavalamba Stotram. Thirumangai Alwar had sung in praise of Lord Narasimha with ten Pasurams. Acharya Ramanuja and Swami Desika worshipped the Lord here.
Sage Narada averred that whoever stays one night in Ahobilam Temple derives the same benefit that accrues to an individual staying in Kasi for a thousand yugas, in Prayag for twenty yugas, and Gaya for a hundred yugas!
Nava Narasimha Shrines
Sri Jwala Narasimha Swamy Temple: This shrine is inside a cave with a front mandapam. The Lord is Ugra Narasimha who is in a seated position, tearing the Asura (Hiranyakasipu) who is positioned in His lap. Worship of Jwala Narasimha is believed to result in the early marriage of the progeny of the devotee. It is also believed that lighting of lamps filled with ghee and worship offered with devotion here, especially in the month of Krithika would result in a life of glory now and liberation thereafter. Mars (Sukram) is stated to be worshipping in this shrine.
Sri Ahobila Narasimha Temple: This is the main shrine for Ugra Narasimha who is inside a cave with four mandapams. The adjoining shrine is for Chenchu Lakshmi. He was so awe-inspiring while coming out of the pillar that if “fear” itself was to take human form and see Him, it would be frightened. Therefore worshiping Sri Ahobila Narasimha, totally wipes out fear in the devotee and they are blessed by their ancestors for a harmonious life. Ahobila Narasimha is one of the 108 divyadesa deity. One of the Nava Gruhas, Jupiter (Guru) is worshipping the Lord here.
Sri Malola Narasimha Temple: In Sanskrit Ma refers to Mahalakshmi. The Lord who is always with Mahalakshmi is Malola Narasimhan. This shrine is located on the Lakshmi Parvatham (mountain). Goddess Lakshmi is seated on the lap of the Lord and is depicted as embracing the Lord with Her right hand. The divine couple shower all auspicious qualities on the devotees and bestow their Grace for a prosperous and happy life in this world and Eternal Bliss thereafter. Another Navagruha Venus (Sukran) is believed to be worshipping here.Malola utsavamoorthy is the pradana aradhana daivam of Sri Ahobila Math.
Sri Kroda Varaha Narasimha Temple: A favorite shrine of Raahu (Dragon with head), one of the Navagruhas, Sri Kroda (Varaha) Narasimha here has Goddess Bhoodevi in his lap. This shrine is inside a small cave that has a Mantapam with carved pillars. This is located next to Varaha Theertam of Bhavanasini River. This shrine can be reached by walking along the footpath on the mountain, with footbridges at many places to cross the river.
Sri Karanja Narasimha: The mythology is that Rishi Kapila performed penance at this shrine and rid himself of the curse of Sage Durvasa. He regained all his past knowledge and wisdom. Another of the Navagruhas, the Moon (Chandran), is believed to be worshipping here.
Sri Bhargava Narasimha: Sage Bhargava is believed to have done penance on a small hillock next to the sacred pond known as Akshaya Theertha. Sun (Suriyan) God is worshipping Sri Bhargava Narasimhan.
Sri Yogananda Narasimha: The Lord is in a Yoga posture and is believed to have taught various yogic exercises to Prahlada who meditated on the Lord at this place. Saturn (Sani) Bhagwan is worshipping in this shrine.
Sri Chatravata Narasimha: Two Gandharvas – Haha and Huhu sang the praises of the Lord at this place.
Sri Pavana Narasimha: Among the various shrines for Nava Narasimhas at Ahobilam, this is known as Kshetra Ratna or the jewel among the Kshetras.
Lower Ahobilam Sri Prahlada Varada Swami Temple
This is the main temple in Lower Ahobilam. The principal deity is Lord Lakshmi Narasimha with His consort, Amirthavalli. Those who pray at this shrine with devotion would obtain the grace of the Lord and the Goddess. Around the main shrine, there are also shrines for Lord Rama and Lord Balaji. This temple has an excellent architecture of Vijayanagar style. The front Mantapam of Sri Prahladavasradan and Thayar, Andal Sannadhis contains beautiful stone pillars each displaying in sculptures an event at Ahobilam Temple from the Narasimha Avatara to Chenchu Lakshmi marrying the Lord.
Timings to visit Ahobilam Temple
Diguva (Lower) Ahobilam: 6:30 AM – 1:00 PM | 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Eguva (Upper) Ahobilam: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM | 2:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Ahobilam Temples on hills and Pathways: 09:00 AM to 4:00 AM
Festivals celebrate at Ahobilam Temple
Swati Festival – Every month on Swathi Nakshatra Falls
Brashmotsavam – Feb-March
How to reach Ahobilam Temple
By Air: Renigunta International Airport – 229 km
By Train: Produtur – 60 km, Jammalamadugu Railway Station – 55 km
By Road: Kurnool – 142 kms, Allagadda – 35 kms
Ahobilam Kshetram, Nandyala, kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh 518543, India.
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