Ahobilam

Ahobilam is located in Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghats, Situated in the Nallamalai Hills, Ahobilam is about 24 Kms. from Allagadda Taluk Headquarters, 112 Kms. from Cudappah and 65 Kms. from Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh and can be reached by bus from Hyderabad and also by rail via Kurnool and then by bus from there.

  • Lower Ahobilam Lower Ahobilam
  • Upper Ahobilam Upper Ahobilam
  • Karanja Narashimha Karanja Narasimha
  • adventure Jwala Narasimha
  • adventure Malola Narasimha
  • adventure Pavana Narasimha
  • adventure Prahlada Badi
  • adventure Varaha Narasimha
  • Bhargava Narasimha Bhargava Narasimha
  • Chatravata Narashimha Chatravata Narasimha
  • Yogananda Narashimha Yogananda Narasimha

Ahobilam is the place where the Lord killed Hiranyakasipu and saved Prahalada. On insistance of prayers by the Devaganas, to cool down the angry Narasimha, Sri Mahalakshmi manifested as Chenchulakshmi among the Chenchus, tribal hunters of the hills, and married the Lord. The manifestation of Narasimha Avatara is 4th in the order of Lord Sri Mahavishnu’s Dashavataras.

Garuda worshiped here for the Lord to see him in the manifestation of Nrisimha Avathara. To fulfill his wish, the Lord settled in the hills around Ahobilam in the midst of dense forests in nine different forms. For this reason this hill came to be known as Garudadri, Garudachalam, and Garudasailam.

The temple consists of nine shrines to Lord Nrisimha located around a 5 KM circle. In addition to the nine shrines, there is a temple for Prahaladavarada Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain.All the 9 manifestations of the Lord Narasimha can be visited here in the serenity of Nallamala range and the experience is unforgettable and awesome to the extent one would allways wants to come back time and again.

1. BHARGAVA NARASIMHA SWAMY

The Bhargava Narasimha Swamy is situated at a distance of two kilometres from the Lower Ahobilam, on a hill, near the sacred pond, known as ‘Bhargava Theertham’, where Bhargava Rama performed his tapasya. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Bhargava Narasimha Swamy.
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2. YOGANANDA NARASIMHA SWAMY

This temple is to the south-east of Lower Ahobilam at a distance of 2 kilometres. The popular legend is that after killing Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha taught Prahlada several yogic postures. Therefore, the Lord in this manifestation is called Yogananda Narasimha.
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3. CHATRAVATA NARASIMHA SWAMY

About three kilometres from lower Ahobilam, the manifestation of the deity is under a peepal tree, surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence, the Lord is called as Chatravata Narasimha Swamy.
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4. AHOBILA NARASIMHA SWAMY

The temple, situated on the Upper Ahobilam, at a distance of eight kilometres from the Lower Ahobilam, is the main temple and the earliest of all the nine temples there. The Lord here appears in his fierce aspect, called Ugra Narasimha, who is the presiding deity of the temple and is known as Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy. It is firmly believed the Lord Narasimha was ‘Svayambhu’ (self-manifest) here.
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5. KRODAKARA (VARAHA) NARASIMHA SWAMY

The temple of this Lord is one kilometre away from the main temple of Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy on the Upper Ahobilam. The image of the deity has the face of a boar (varaha or kroda) and the Lord is seen along with his Consort, Lakshmi. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy here.
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6. KARANJA NARASIMHA SWAMY

This shrine is situated at a distance of one kilometre from the Upper Ahobilam and one furlong from the road leading to Lower Ahobilam. The image of the deity is installed under a tree, called ‘Karanja Vruksham’. Hence this Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy.
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7. MALOLA NARASIMHA SWAMY

Nearly two kilometres from the main temple of Upper Ahobilam, is the famous shrine of Malola Narasimha Swamy. The deity here appears in ‘soumya’ (graceful) form. As Lord Narasimha is seen with his consort, Lakshmi, He is known as Malola Narasimha Swamy. The word ‘Malola’ means beloved to Lakshmi (Ma=Lakshmi, Lola= beloved).
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8. JWALA NARASIMHA SWAMY

The temple of Jwala Nrisimha Swamy, lies higher up the above temple, on a hill called, ‘Achalachaya Meru’. This is about four kilometres from the Upper Ahobilam temple. This place is said to be the actual spot, where the fierce anger of the Lord reached its culmination when he tore Hiranyakasipu.
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9. PAVANA NARASIMHA SWAMY

Nearby the above temple, is the shrine of Pavana Narasimha, on the banks of the river, Pavana and it is about six kilometres from the Upper Ahobilam temple. Hence the Lord of the shrine is known as Pavana Narasimha Swamy.
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In addition to the shrines mentioned above, there is a famous shrine dedicated to God Narasimha Swamy in the Lower Ahobilam, which is popularly known as Prahlada Varada Sannidhi. The other objects of this place are ‘Ugra Sthambham’ and ‘Prahlada Mettu’.

 

UGRA STHAMBHAM

At a distance of eight kilometres from the Upper Ahobilam temple, we can see a cleft of the mountain dividing it into two visible parts. It is a long-held view that from the cleft, the Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha and this cleft is known as ‘Ugra Sthambham’.
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PRAHALADA METTU

The small shrine, situated in a cave on the hill, is in between Ugra Sthambham and the Upper Ahobilam. It is dedicated to Prahlada Narashimha Swamy. The image of Prahlada is carved in a small cave.
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