Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy

Temple History

Dharmapuri attained religious importance owing to the existence of the shrine dedicated to Narasimhaswamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sri Kalahasteeswara temple stands on the banks of holy River Godavari. Dharmapuri has one of the largest settlement of Vedic Brahmins in Telangana. There is a Sanskrit College and even till date there have been some traditional families practising Vedic Hymns and some of the family even have old Talapatra scriptures. There are several small temples virtually in every corner of the street of the town. Until recently people, mostly brahmin scholars have taken bath in river Godavari before they would perform vedic rites in the temple. There is one rare temple of the God Dattatreya [son of Lord Brahma] which is very rare.
The story behind this is that a local being, named Hiranya kashyapa had obtained from God Bramha immunity from attack from "man or beast". This person then began abusing his powers and began forcing others to worship him, as if he were a God. Among those abused was his own son, Prahlada a staunch worshiper of Vishnu. In order to surmount Bramha's condition, Vishnu assumed a form that was neither man nor beast, but a combination of both, and then went on to finish off this person with his nails. At that time he was very furious and called as UGRA NARASIMHA and subsequently the saints and Gods prayed him to be cool and Narasimha came to Dharmapuri and undergone a deep meditation with yoga mudra and was called Yoga Narasimha. At the same place a shrine was constructed by then king of Dharmapuri, Dharma Varma by whom the town was called as DHARMAPURI.

Dharmapuri is called after the name of King Dharmavarma who was a staunch devotee of Lord Narasimha, is known for its rich culture and and produced many artists in the disciplines of theatre, classical music and poetry. It has a rich treasury of temples and idols of Hindu Gods spreader all over the town The Shiva panchayatanam (Miniature temple formed with the idols of Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh, Nagaraja and Nandiswara). It is also called as a great HARI HARA Kshetra with the presence of Lord Shiva in the form of Ramalingeshwara.

The Brahmotsavams typically called as JATARA in local dialect, are celebrated every year in the month of Phaluguna according to Hindu Calendar, which falls generally in February or March.


Additional Information

TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam), Telangana tourism is maintaining Hotel Haritha for the pilgrims accommodation. Private Hotels and Lodges are also available in Dharmapuri.

Other famous temples near Dharmapuri are Gudem - Shrine of Lord Satyanarayana swamy (10 Km), Kondagaattu- Shrine of Lord Anjaneya swamy (45 km), Vemulawada - Shrine of Lord Raja Rajeshwara swamy (70 km) .

Dharmapuri City is well connected by Road from Various cities of Telangana and Maharashtra. Buses are available from the cities Lakshettipet(17.5 Kms), Jagitial (31.2 Kms), Mancherial (45 Kms) and District head quarter Karimnagar is 66.7 Kms to reach this temple.

Mancherial is the Nearest Railwaystation which is 43.7 Kms from Dharmapuri temple.
  • Darshanam Morning: 5:00 A.M to 2:00 A.M and Evening 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, closed between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 087242 73227