This mountain has been enriched in its spiritual splendor not only by the Pancha Murthy 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 prestige purity and spiritual splendor.
One of the poet trinities Yerrapragada and the great Kavi Sarvabhouma Sreenadha have visited this shrine. Vaggaeya Kara Narayana Teerthulu worshipped, this Lord for four days and wrote the Tarangas in praise of Laxmi Nrusimha, Yerrapragada of the renowned Kavithraya wrote the Stotra Dandakam eulogizing the deity. Kavi Sarvabhowma Sreenadha in his epic ‘Kasi Kandam’ referred to this great deity.
Once Somaksura a demon of Yore stole the four Vedas from Lord Brahma and hid in the Ocean. Lord Bramha then approached his father Lord Srimannarayana Murthy and Prayed for the restoration of Vedas. Lord Srimannarayana Murthy in ‘Matsyavatharam’ entered the Ocean, killed the demon Somakasura and brought back the Vedas intact. The Vedas, inhuman from thanked the Lord for his kind gesture in saving them, Prayed to stay with them on their heads.
Thereupon the Lord munificently granted their Prayer but said that they would do that only after killing another demon Hiranya Kasapa and saving his son Prahlada. The Lord also assured the Vedapurushas that he would stay with them as Pancha Murthy only. So saying the Lord bid them till such time to remain in the river Krishnaveni as Saligrama mountain. Lord told them that Krishnaveni also prayed to allow her to worship him every day 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 Purushas remained in Krishnaveni as Saligrama mountain. Later the Lord incarnated himself as Narasimha killed the mighty demon Hiranya Kasapa and served Prahlada and ever since stayed as Jwala Narasimha on the mountain head at Vedadri in fulfillment of the inclination of Veda Purushas.
Then Lord Bramha requested Jwala Narasimha to stay in Sathya Loka as Saligrama Narasimha so the Lord went to Sathya Loka as Saligrama Narasimha at the request of Lord Bramha. But even before Brahma offered his worship to the Lord in Sathya Loka, the Sathya Loka, the Satya Loka was consumed in flames. Thereupon Lord Brahma personally brought Saligrama Narasimha Murthy to the river Krishnaveni and erected the Saligrama Murthy on the Saligrama Mountain.
Thus Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swamy the incarnation of Lord Srimannarayana fulfilled the desire of both Veda Purusha and the river Krishnaveni, simultaneously. Later on, the Lord, at the request of Rishis like Rishya Srugna and kinda like Mann, stayed in the middle of the mountain as Yogananda Narasimha Swamy, and at the request of the Garudas, the Lord stayed as Veera Narasimha and as per the prayer of Vana Devatha the Lord is pervading the mountain as Laxmi Narasimha Murthy.
Thus this holy place is sanctified by the presence of all devatas 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 place where Pancha Narasimha Murthy are existing. The Lord is staying as Jwala Narasimha on Vedasikhara of the mountain, as Saligrama a Narasimha in the river Krishnaveni and as Yogananda Narasimha, having been erected by Sage Rishya Srunga and in his own Peetham 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 existing in five forms different from each other called Pancha Narasimha Murthy’s namely
- Veera Nrusimha Murthy
- Laxmi Narasimha
This holy shrine is called Vedadri. Vyasa said, that at the beginning of Kaliyuga 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 the Ganges, grasped the purpose for which the rishis have come to Vyasa told them that the people of Kali are singularly fortunate because they need not perform any rituals like Yagnas deep penance 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.Kaladu Smarana mukthi(Telugu). It means in kaliyuga mere smarana is enough for mukthi.
The rishis having got the information from Veda Vyasa began 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.
Further, the rishis while searching, for a suitable place heard Veda recitals in perfect Svaras being emanated from the holy mountain they named them as ‘Vedadri’ the mountain of Vedas. The rishis were enchanted by the chanting of Vedas by the mountain, especially the Sama Veda the Gandharva Swara, and its varied moorchans. They have been immensely satisfied by the holy recitals and have settled there for penance.
They took a holy dip in the river Krishnaveni, had a Pradakshana of the mountain, and they 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 Srimannarayana has taken the avatar 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.
Timings to visit
06:30 AM – 07:30 AM | 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM | 07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Festivals celebrate at Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Tholi Ekadasi, Pavitrotsavamulu
- Brhammotsavamulu, Sri Swamy Vari Thirukkalyana Mahotsavam
- Karthika Pournami
- Dhanurmasam, Dhanu Sankranthi
- Mukkoti Ekadasi
- Sivaratri, Mahanyasapurvaka Ekadasa Rudraabhisekam (Samuhika), Sri Parvathi Sametha Visweswara Swamy Vari Kalyanam
Pujs’s/Sevas perform at Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
|Settu Pujalu (Morning 11.00 AM)
|Thulasi Kunkuma Sahasranamarchana (Evening 7.00 PM)
|Thulasi Kunkuma Astothara Namarchana
|Vahana Puja (Lory, Tractor, Car & Jeep)
|Two Wheeler Vehicles Puja
|Satyanarayana Swamy Vratham
|Ganda Deepam / Aksharabhyasam
|Saswatha Puja (yearly once)
|Garuda, Hanumantha, Aswa, Gaja, Sesha, Hamsa-Chaluva Chapra
|Sri Swamy Vari Santhi Kalyanam
Vehicle Entrance Fee
|Two Wheeler Vehicle
|Four Wheeler Vehicle (Car, Jeep, etc.,)
|Big Vehicle (Lorry, Bus, Tractor &, etc.)
How to reach Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
By Air: Vijayawada Airport – 96 km
By Train: Vijayawada Railway Station – 83 km, Mellacheruvu Railway Station – 32.6 km, Jaggayyapet Town Railway Station – 14.1 km
By Bus: Vijayawada – 80 km, Jaggayyapeta – 10 km
Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Vedadri, Chillakallu, Jaggaiahpeta, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, 521457, India.
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