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13Aug/19

Thiruvellarai Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple

Shravanmaas (Tamil: Purattasi) is a festival season for devotees of Lord Vishnu. It is said that, Lord Vishnu will shower his grace and benevolence to devotees offering obeisance during Shravanmaas. It is a customary practice among devotees to take up SpiRitual Journeys to various Teertha Kshetras and temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Pureprayer is presenting some of the interesting Vishnu temples as travel destinations for Shravanmaas.

Where is Thiruvellarai Pundarikakshan Temple?

Thiruvellarai Pundarikakshan Perumal temple is located about 27 km from Thiruchirappalli and about 100 km from Temple-Town of Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu. This is one of the 108 Divyadesam temples. Vellarai means white rock. This region is also popular as Vuyyakondanr Malai as the saint was born in the region. Goddess Lakshmi here is popular as Pankajavalli. Lord Srinivasa is fondly called Pundarikakshan Perumal meaning the big one with eyes like lotus.

What is the legend behind Pundarikakshan Temple?

A legend takes us back to the times of king Shibi. A king from Chandravamsha much before Lord Sri Rama and known for his generosity. He chanced upon a white wild boar when he was hunting in this region. He chased the boar and the boar disappeared in a hole. He saw Sage Markandeya who was doing penance and narrated the whole incident. The great sage advised king to do Ksheerabhishekam (anointing with milk) to the hole, where the boar disappeared. When Shibi performed the anointment, Lord Srinivasa gave darshan and showered benevolences to Shibi.

King Shibi decided to install an image of the lord and build a temple.

What are the developments the temple witnessed?

Pallavas developed the ancient temple. Cholas, Pandyas and Vijayanagar Empire developed the temple-complex further. Even Hoysalas are said to have contributed to the temple by initiating the construction of Raja Gopuram in 13th Century CE.

What is special about the Kalyani in Pundarikakshan Temple?

A Swastik shaped Kalyani built in 8th CE by Kamban during the reign of King Dantivarman is an architectural marvel worth visiting. This was known as Mamiyar-Marumagal Kulam (Meaning: Mother-In-Law; Daughter-In-Law Pond). It has been built in such a way that an absolute privacy exists when taking a holy dip in the pond. There are four different entrances. One needs to tread at least fifty steps before reaching the waters. Walls along the path are said to have been adorned with many Suktis (Verses in Tamil).

Temple Architecture:

Sri Pundarikakshan temple in Thiruvellarai is a large temple complex spread over several acres of land. The temple-complex protected by high granite walls, has seven water bodies and many Prakarams (Corridors around the sanctum). The temple is said to have been built and renovated around 8th Century CE by Pallavas. There are at-least three inscriptions here that can throw light on the developments that took place. Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi (Pankajavalli) have been installed in two separate cells in the sanctum. Gopuram above the sanctum sanctorum is known as Vimalakriti Vimanam. The shrine has two entrances known as Uttarayana Dwara (Tamil: Vassal) and Dakshinayana Dwara. Many richly carved sculptures related to Varaha Avatar and Narasimha Avatar (forms of Lord Vishnu) can be seen around the temple complex.

The temple-complex is being renovated with Prakarams and the Raja Gopuram being repaired. Fourth Prakaram now has a garden called Periyalwar Nandavanam.

What is Bali Peetham Prarthanai in Pundarikakshan Temple?

Bali beedam Prarthanai or Bali Peetham Prarthanai is a special Puja offered to Lord Pundarikakshan Perumal at the Bali beedam seeking financial wellness, prosperity and great improvements in life.

When are the Annual Events?

Brahmotsavam is performed on the star of Tiruvonam in Phalgunamaas (Tamil: Panguni) occurring in the month of March- April. Chaitra Paurnami occurring in the month of April-May is celebrated in great style.

What are the nearby places?

Srirangam Temple:

Sri Rangam is one of the oldest temple-towns of India, famous for Ranganatha Swamy temple and one of the eight self-manifest Sri Vishnu Kshetras situated along the Kaveri river in Thiruchirappally of Tamil Nadu state about 16 km from Thiruvellarai. This is the foremost of temples in 108 Divyadesam.

The temple with 81 shrines, 21 towers, 39 pavilions, and many water bodies integrated into the complex makes it a largest functioning Hindu temple.

Namagiri Narasimha Swamy Temple – Namakkal:

Namakkal is located about 75 km from Thiruvellarai Pundarikakshan temple. Sri Narasimha Swamy temple in Namakkal is a rock cut temple near the Namakkal fort, built in 8th Century CE by Pandyan kings. Sri Raghavendra Swamy visited this temple during his Digvijaya Yatra. The fort was built during 16th Century CE by Nayaks ruling Madurai. A large pond called Kamalalayam is here.

02Aug/19

Vaishnava Darshan-Kanchi Sri Varada Raja Swamy temple

Shravanmaas is a festival season for devotees of Lord Vishnu. It is said that, Lord Vishnu will shower his grace and benevolence to devotees offering obeisance during Shravanmaas. It is a customary practice among devotees to take up SpiRitual Journeys to various Teertha Kshetras and temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Pureprayer is presenting some of the interesting Vishnu temples as travel destinations for Shravanmaas.

Great poet Kalidasa has praised two holy cities of our ancient India. One is Kashi and the other Kanchi. He has said, they were both built by God Almighty himself. The city of Kancheepuram or Kanchi has been praised in the poem that begins with Nagareshu Kanchi…! Kanchi also finds mention as one of the Seven Sacred Places of India. History records that the great emperor Sri Krishna Deva Raya had made two visits to this sacred city. Also, the singer saint of Karnataka, Purandara Dasa sang about Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy as “Kannare Kande Achyutana”.

What is the story behind the name Kanchi?

Kanchi is said to be derived from the word ‘Kanchanam’ (Meaning: Gold). The town was a huge city which was so prosperous in wealth and knowledge. People from all over would travel to Kanchi or Kancheepuram in pursuit of knowledge and business.

Where is Kanchi Varadaraja temple?

Sri Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy temple is located about 80 kms from the capital city Chennai in Tamil Nadu state. This region of the city is popular as Vishnu Kanchi. Sri Varadaraja Swamy temple is on a hill called Hastigiri. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams visited as a part of Sri Vaishnava Yatra.

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Why should one visit Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy temple?

Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy is said to grant the devotees wishes very quickly. He is well known for cures to the eye-related illnesses.

What Puranas say about Kanchi?

It is mentioned in Puranas, during Satya Yug the creator Lord Brahma had an argument with Goddess Saraswati once and she left him. Brahma decided to perform Ashvamedha Yaag (Horse sacrifice). Saraswati came to know about this and wanted to interrupt the Yaag. She took the form of river Vegavati and came rushing to the place of sacrifice. Lord Vishnu came to the rescue and stopped her. Brahma offered worships to the lord and later consecrated an image for the benefit of his followers.

Another incident relates the gods Indra and Sun and Moon. Indra was once cursed by Goddess Saraswati to become an elephant. When Indra sought forgiveness, Saraswati said, when he visited a temple of Lord Vishnu, he would get back to his true form. The roaming elephant once entered the Varadaraja Swamy temple of Kanchipuram and was absolved of the curse.

What is the importance of two lizards depicted in the temple?

Two disciples of Sage Gautama while learning with him, had brought water in a vessel as ordered by him. Due to negligence, two small lizards had got in. When the vessel was placed in front of the sage, they sprang out. The enraged Rishi cursed his disciples to become lizards. They fell to his feet and prayed for the relief from this curse. He said, when Lord Indra with Sun and Moon visits the Varadaraja temple in the form of an elephant, they would be relieved of the curse.

It is said that, anyone visiting Kanchi Varadaraja temple is cured of all Doshas (Meaning: Ill-effects) as a result of lizards falling on human body or getting accidentally killed.

What is the connection between Atthi Varadar and Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy temple?

During 17th Century CE, the temple was under a threat of invasions by Mughal emperors, especially, Aurangzeb was planning an attack. Image of the Varadaraja Swamy was removed and hidden in the temple pond. The location of this image was lost in time. Another image from Udayarpallyam in Tiruchinappally was transported and installed in the main shrine. When temple authorities took up the cleaning process of the temple pond a few years later, they discovered the tub with Nagapashams in which Attthi Varadar was safely stored. A tradition was started from then on that every forty years, the image of Atthi Varadar would be removed from the pond and put up for a Mandala Puja of 48 days. Presently, the image of Atthi Varadar is on display in the temple premises. The lord would be moved back to the pond after 17th of August, 2019, to be retrieved only in 2059.

Temple Architecture:

Oldest references to the Kanchi Varadaraja temple-complex situated on Hastigiri spread over an area of about 23 acres (approx.) goes back to as far as 7th Century CE. It is opined that, Medieval Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire have contributed to the development of this temple. As many as 350 inscriptions found in the temple, sculptures and constructions related to this time period have been studied. This can throw a light on the existence of the temple for more than 15 centuries.

The temple complex is aligned in the East-West meridian. The Gopuram through which devotees enter the temple is taller than the tower on the Garbhagudi (Meaning: sanctum sanctorum). Gopuram over the sanctum is called Punyakoti Vimanam. Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu has been installed in a separate shrine. Gopuram on this shrine is called Kalyana Koti Vimanam.

The temple is surrounded by three Prakarams (Meaning: Corridors round the shrine). They have been named, Azhwar Prakaram, Madai Palli Prakaram and Thiru Malai Prakaram. The temple structure contains as many as 32 shrines, 19 Vimanas (Meaning: Tower) and many halls with carved stone pillars. Many water bodies are around the temple complex. Anant Saras or Anant Teertham is a water pond inside the complex. A shrine for Sudarshana called the Chakrattalvar is beside the tank. The image of Sudarshana is with six arms. The shrine has two entrances. Lord Narasimha has been installed in a separate shrine.

Sanctum is in the first Prakaram. The second Prakaram contains four shrines. Among these, one is a shrine for Malayala Nacchiar. This is said to be an addition made by Chera Dynasty during early 14th Century CE. Many Azhwars including that of Sri Ramanujacharya, the proponent of Vishishthadvaita have been installed here. Third Prakaram has a shrine for Perundevi Tayar (Bhudevi). Sri Mutthu Swamy Deekshitar has written a song about the goddess known as Brihannayaki. It is a practice, to visit this temple before having a Darshan of Sri Varadaraja. Four identical pillared halls were built during the Pattabhishekam (coronation) ceremony of Achyutaraya. They are known as Tulabhara Mantapas.

A stone chain created by the sculptors in 100 pillared hall is a piece of marvel visited by many people in this temple. Many pillars sculpted with images relating to stories from Ramayana and Maha Bharata can be seen here.

Main Deity:

The lord is known by many names: Perumal, Hastishan, Devarajan and so on. Kanchi Varada Raja Swamy is a 10 feet tall image hewn in granite, in a standing position showing Varada Hasta (Meaing: benevolence) in the lower right hand, while holding Shankha, Chakra and Gada in the other three hands. During festivals, a special jewelry called Maharkandi is used for decoration. This is believed to be a donation of Clive during the British rule and is called Clive Maharkandi.

Procession deity is known as Peru Arul Alan. Sri Ramanujacharya used to perform a service called Jalakainkarya before he took the oath of celibacy.

When are the festival season in the Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy Temple?

Brahmotsavam is a major festival celebrated in this temple-complex, during the Vaishakha Purnima occurring in the month of April or May. This is a ten-day event. However, a festival is on the calendar every month. Vaikunth Yekadashi is celebrated in the Margashiramaas occurring in the month of December or January and attended in big numbers.

What are the nearby temples?

Ulagalanda Perumal Temple:

Ulagalanda Perumal in Kanchi dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Trivikrama is located about three km from Kanchi Varadaraja Swamy temple. This is one of the 108 Divya Desham temples believed to be at least 13 centuries old. Lord Vishnu came down to the city of Mahabali to seek three feet of land. When Mahabali agreed, Lord Vishnu changed his form to Trivikrama and covered earth and space with each foot. Mahabali understood that Vishnu had come in the form of Vamana to grant him salvation and offered his head for Trivikrama to put his foot.

Pandava Duta Perumal temple:

Pandava Duta Perumal temple in Kanchi is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the city. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great pomp and glory in this temple.

02Aug/19

Kolhapur Maha Lakshmi Temple

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Kolhapur Maha Lakshmi Temple finds mention as one of the important Shaktipeethas in India. Shaktipeethas are the places where parts from decomposing body of Sati fell when Lord Shiva was carrying. This incident took place when Sati fell into the sacred fire created by her father Daksha Prajapati. As, Sati came to the Yaag (Fire Sacrifice) uninvited, she was mocked at by her father. Unable to bear the pains of shame, she jumped into the sacred fire and gave her life. This infuriated Lord Shiva and he sent Veerabhadra the destroyer, who destroyed the whole place and killed Daksha Prajapati. Later Lord Shiva carried the body of Sati and started roaming aimlessly. Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra (Disc) to cut the body of Sati. Wherever the bodyparts fell, those places became important places of worship that came to be called Shaktipeethas.

How Kolhapur got its name?

Name Kolhapur has been derived from the demon king Kolhasur who ruled the region of Karaveerpur. Karaveer was his son who got killed in a war with Lord Shiva. He was defeated by Goddess Mahalakshmi who waited outside his kingdom for a hundred years. He realized his misdeeds and requested three boons from the goddess. One was the city be called by his name. Two was, he gets salvation. Three was, he asked Goddess Maha Lakshmi to reside in his kingdom forever.

Where is Kolhapur Maha Lakshmi Temple?

Kolhapur is a town in Maharashtra. Kolhapur Maha Lakshmi temple is located about 374 km from Mumbai and 230 km from Pune. This temple located on the banks of Panchganga River is one of the important Shaktipeethas in India.

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Why should one visit Kolhapur Mahalakshmi temple?

It is stated in the Puranas, that as per the boons Mahalakshmi gave to Kolhasur, she has been residing in the Karaveerpur. A temple was built in honor of this incident. Devotees from all over, visit the temple seeking the grace and benevolence of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

More Info on the temple complex

Temple Architecture:

The temple has seen development from 9th Century to 18th Century. Architecture of Mahalakshmi temple complex is said to follow the Hemadpanthi style. Hemadpant was a minister in 12th Century CE, in the service of Seunas of Devagiri. Temple built without any binding material between the stones which have been cut to specific shape. The temple complex is on a high stone platform. The design includes Antarala and Garbha Griha. Perforated stone lattice screen decorating the main entrance of the sanctum sanctorum. Cool interiors even when temperatures outside soar. The exterior walls of the temple are adorned with many figures from Puranas. Towering Deepastambhas have been erected. Temple-complex has four towers in Nagara style.

Presiding deity:

The image of Mahalakshmi has been carved in black stone, weighing 40Kgs (approx.). The idol is about 3feet high. Goddess Mahalakshmi with four hands is in a standing posture. She is holding a citrus fruit called Matulangam in the lower right hand. She is holding a Gada (Mace) upper right hand. A shield can be seen in the upper left hand and a bowl called Panpatra in the lower left hand. The image has been consecrated facing west.

In the court yard, many Deepastambhas (lamp towers) that appear to reach for sky, have been installed.

The idol is believed to be at-least 14 centuries old.

Deities in the temple-complex:

The temple complex has many other deities installed. Navagrahas, Mahisha Mardini, Shiva, Vithal-Rukhmai, Tulaja Bhavani and Surya (Sun god) are among the important deities.

When are the festival Celebrations?

Kiranotsav festival is one of the most famous celebrations, when the sun rays touch the feet of the deity at the time of sunset on 31 January & 9 November. Devotees gather in huge numbers to witness the occasion.

What are the Nearby Places?

Jyotiba Temple:

Four guardian temples are said to protect the Kolhapura Mahalakshmi temple. On the northern side is the Jyotiba temple dedicated to Lord Shiva called Kedareshwar. A special celebration is held on Chaitra Shuddha Yekadashi, every year.

Narsinhwadi (Narsobachi Wadi)

Nrusinhawadi or Narsobachi Wadi is said to be the place where Sri Nrusinha Saraswati an incarnation (Avatar) of Lord Dattatreya resided for twelve years. Padukas have been installed under the Audumbara tree as a mark of respect. This religious place is about 55 km from Kolhapur Lakshmi temple.

Ganpatipule:

Ganapatipule is a small serene, sedate and unspoilt village with a natural and pristine beach. Ganapatipule is one of the famous AshtaGanapati temples in India. This is a Swayambhu Ganapati. Ganapatipule is about 144 km from Kolhapura Mahalakshmi temple.

09Jul/19

Atthi Varadar Darshan in Kanchipuram from 2nd July to 17th August, 2019

 

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What is the importance of Kanchipuram?
Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu state is the Temple-Town that finds mention in Sacred Seven Places of India. Kanchipuram is known as one of the ‘Moksha Sthalas’. Home to more than a thousand temples, this is truly a temple-town. Month of July 2019 is a special one for the Devotees of Varadharajaswamy of Kanchipuram. This is the special moment everyone has been waiting for forty years.
The nine-foot long wooden image of Atthi Varadar is being brought out from the Pushkarini (Sacred Pond) in the Sri Devaraja Swamy temple. Pushkarini is known by the name Anant Saras or Amrut Saras. Atthi Varadar will be on display for Darshan in the Vasanta Mandapam of the temple from 2nd of July till 17th of August this year. This is one of the 108 Divya Desams.
The temple authorities started the preparations for this special event as early as March of this year.
Legend of Atthi Varadar:
A legend surrounds the image of Atthi Varadar Swamy. During Satya Yuga, Goddess Saraswati got a thought and wanted it clarified by Lord Brahma. She wanted to know who was the most powerful between Saraswati and Lakshmi. Lord Brahma replied, saying it was Lakshmi who was the most powerful. This angered Saraswati and she deserted Brahma. In the course of time, when Lord Brahma wanted to perform Ashwamedha Yaga, Saraswati took the form of River Vegavati due to instigation from demons and tried to flood the region where the Ashwamedha Yaga was taking place. Lord Vishnu emerged from the sacred fire and prevented the river from flooding. To pay respects to Lord Vishnu, Brahma got four images done by the divine sculptor Vishwakarma using the fig tree known as Audumbara (Ficus Raecemosa). One of these is said to be the Atthi Varadar Swamy preserved in Kanchipuram.
Why is Atthi Varadar brought out once in every forty years?
There are several theories about the reason for storing the Atthi Varadar Swamy under water in the Pushkarini. During the 16th Century CE, the image was said to have been removed from the Punyakoti Vimana (the sanctum) and hidden in the pond on the temple premises. The location of the idol was known only to the family of priests who were offering worships at the temple. The location of the image was lost in the course of time. The image was discovered when the temple authorities dried out the pond in 1709. The image lay on the bed of pushkarini in a tub-like arrangement held by Nagapashams (A locking arrangement). A tradition was started at that time, to bring out the image once in every forty years for display and offering obeisance. The last two recorded occasions were in 1979 and 1939. The image will be treated with organic preservatives before returning it to the Pushkarini after the Mandala Puja of 48 days. The first 24 days Darshan of the image is in a reclining position and the remaining 24 days Darshan is in standing position.
Another reason cited is that, the wooden image suffered damages and hence regular worships cannot be offered. As a consequence, the tradition of bringing the image once in forty years. Generally fig-wood is said to gain strength in water and the forty long years of Jalavasam (storing under the water) is said to make the idol emit special vibes.
Who is Devaraja Swamy?
A stone image of Lord Vishnu known as Devaraja Swamy has been installed in the Punyakoti Vimana that was brought in from the region of Pazayaseevaram. This is said to have been a sculptural work of Sage Atri.
Why should one have Darshan of Atthi Varadar?
Darshan of Atthi Varadar is said to bestow Moksha (Salvation). A lucky person may be able to have three Darshans of Atthi Varadar, since Hindu Astrology is based on a full life of 120 years. In this period, one will have witnessed at least 1000 full moons.
It is said that, the year in which Atthi Varadar is brought out will witness a severe drought. After the Pujas for forty eight days, once the deity returns to the Pushkarini, the country is said to see all-round economic growth for the next twenty years.
When can I visit Atthi Varadar?
You can visit the temple in two time slots: From 6.00 am to 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 8.00pm every day. Devotees would be allowed through east Raja Gopuram of the temple and after darshan, exit through west Raja Gopuram.
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17May/19

Celebrate Nrusimha Jayanti in Ahobilam Navanaarasimha Kshetra

UgraM veeraM MahavishnuM|
JwalantaM sarvatomukhaM||
NaarasimhaM BeeshaNaM BadraM|
Mrityur mrityuM namAmyaham||

 

The day of Swati Star coupled with Vaishakha Chaturdashi (Meaning: 14th day of second month in Hindu calendar) in the Shuklapaksha (bright fortnight) is celebrated as Narasimha Jayanti (Avatar of Lord Narasimha Swamy to end the tyranny of Hiranyakashipu).

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Devotees observe Naarasimha Vratam to propitiate Lord Narasimha Swamy. They do not partake any food after the twilight time on Chaturdashi. Devotees remain vigilant through the night without sleep and observe the day just like the day of Yekadashi (Meaning: Eleventh day in Hinduism). Pujas are performed after the day-break. Celebrations are completed with a feast, consuming food. This is called “Paarana”.

Lord Narasimha took his Avatar by breaking open the pillar at the time of twilight on that day of Swati Star coupled with Vaishakha Chaturdashi in the Shuklapaksha. He caught hold of Hiranyakashipu or Hiranya Kashyapa, who challenged Narasimha to a duel and engaged in a combat with him. He dragged the demon king to the doorstep of his palace and ripped apart his stomach using his nails and pulled out the intestines of Hiranyakashipu and gave him salvation.

Who was Hiranyakashipu?

Hiranyakashipu means ‘one clothed in gold’. Jaya and Vijaya, the guards of Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu were once cursed by sacred quartet of sages, Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatkumar and Sanatana. Jaya and Vijaya were born as brothers Hianyakashipu and Hiranyaksha to Sage Kashyap and his wife Diti. Hiranyaksha (Meaning: Golden eyed) was killed by Lord Vishnu in Varahavataar.

HiranyaKashyapa (Hiranya Kashipu) begets a boon by Lord Brahma that no animal nor man can kill him. He not be killed by any weapons, neither in the day nor the night. Thus, he begins a tyranny against the occupants of the universe and asking everyone to accept and serve him as a God and not Lord Vishnu.

He had five sons (Prahlad, Samhlad, Anuhlad, Shibi and Bashakal). Among these, Prahlad did not accept Hiranyakashipu’s ruling to treat him as God. Hiranyakahipu tried many ways to convince Prahlad that he was the supreme one and made mockery of Lord Vishnu. When he could not change Prahlad’s mind, he tried to kill him. Lord Vishnu took the Avatar of half human- half lion called Narasimha and put an end to the tyranny of Hiranyakashipu.

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Ahobilam is a very ancient Tirtha Kshetra near Cuddappah in Andhra Pradesh state and among the 108 Divyadesams. This region is believed to be the site, where Lord Vishnu broke out of the pillar to slay Hiranya Kashyapa (Hiranyakashipu). All the gods and goddesses who collected to witness the fierce battle between Lord Narasimha Swamy and the demon king Hiranya Kashyapa after he broke the pillar, were awestruck and said to have uttered these lines:

Aho veeryaM aho shauryaM aho bahuparakramaH |
NaarasimhaM paraM daivaM AhobilaM Aho balam ||

Brahmanda Purana gives the description of Narasimhavataram and protection to Prahlad the son of Hiranya Kashyapa at Ahobilam. This is the background to the name that stuck to Nallamala hills region. Here, Ahobilam implies the great cave and Ahobalam implies great strength.

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Nava Naarasimha Kshetras can be divided in to Upper Ahobilam, Middle Ahobilam and Lower Ahobilam for the convenience of trekking through the region. Upper region conists of Ahobilam Narasimha, Kroda Narasimha, Jwala Narasimha and Malola Narasimha shrines. Karanja Narasimha shrine forms the middle region. The lower Ahobilam region covers the shrines of Yogananda Narasimha, Chatravata Narasimha, Pavana  Narasimha and Bhargava Narasimha.