Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
The presiding deity here is Varaha Lakshminarasimha, combining the iconographic features ofVaraha and Narasimha. The image resembles a Shivalingam covered with sandal paste. It is only once a year, during the Chandana Visarjana that the sandal paste is removed, and the image is seen by pilgrims. Millions of devotees from round the world visit this temple every year especially during the Chandanotsavam Festival Season at this time the Lord is covered with a new fresh layer of Sandalwood.
The Historic Temple at the Simhachalam, built in the 11th Century by the King Sri Krishnadevaraya, where the Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami's temple is located, resembles the rich cultural heritage Visakhapatnam holds. Located on the Hill top, at a height of 244 mts, popularly called the Hill of the Lion Lord, is the temple of Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Sri Narasimha Swami varu.
History says that Prahlada - a devotee of Lord Vishnu was being tortured by his father. Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Lord Nrusimha kills Prahlada's father demon Hiranyakashipu and saves the child. Legend has it that the Ugra form of Narasimha as he killed the Hiranyakashipu was so fierce that the image is kept covered by sandal paste throughout the year.
Hiranyakasipu was a Rakshasa king and a reincarnation of one of Vishnu's Dwarapalakas (gatekeepers) in Vaikuntha (heaven). The other palaka was born as his brother Hiranyaaksha. The gatekeepers, Jaya and Vijaya, were cursed by Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanathkumara, and Sanathsujatha because the gatekeepers did not allow these four to take darshan of Mahavishnu. As a result, the gatekeepers were reincarnated three times. Hiranyakasipu decided to perform austerities (tapasya) to appease Lord Brahma, which would allow him to become immortal. However, Lord Brahma said that it was not possible.then brahma give a boon to hiranyakashaka that was if anybody try to kill you they must be want to kill you without placing on land.so it must become secret.that's why he become so dare anybody never kill him.
Hiranyakasipu's son Prahlada was a devotee of Lord Narayana and always expressed his devotion (bhakti) towards him. Hiranyakasipu could not alter Prahlada's devotion and became infuriated. He made several attempts to have Prahlada killed, including throwing him off a mountain top,putting him in a chamber of snakes and throwing him into a cage of a hungry tiger. Vishnu rescued Prahlada by moving the mountain and creating a small path,burning up the snakes and vanished the tiger . As the avatar Lord Narayana, Vishnu came to rescue Prahlada. When Lord Narayana jumped to save Prahlada, his feet sunk deep into the earth.Therefore, the god's feet are not shown anywhere at the temple, as it is said that his feet are buried in the earth. The legend says that the Simhachalam temple was built on the exact spot where Vishnu stood to protect Prahlada.
Facilities to Pilgrims on Uphill are Yatra Sadan and Gajapathi Sathram. At Downhill Narasimha Sadan, T.T.D. Choultry and Pushkarini Choultry. All these are maintained by the Simhachalam Devasthanam Board at nominal price. Chandana Tourist house and Cottages are also available for the stay.
One can reach this temple from Vizag city which is 16 Km in distance. Vishakapatam city is connected to all major cities of India. Vizag Railway station is 21.6 Km from here and Vizag Rtc Bus stand is 19.5 Km. If coming by flight the Vishakapatnam airport is 12.5 Km from the temple.
Buses and Private taxi's are available to reach the temple from any part of Vizag city.
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