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Ahobila Narasimha Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Ahobila Narasimha Temple Andhra Pradesh
Ahobila Narasimha Temple Andhra Pradesh (Credit.4209087018)
The Ahobila Narasimha Temple located near Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh is regarded as one of the most important Vaishnava temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha. It is a popular pilgrimage destination in Andhra Pradesh featuring nine shrines located within a radius of 10 miles. This Tirtham is also known as Panchakosa Tirtham.  According to the Puranas, Nallamalai hills from Kurnool to Chittoor district are a personification of Adiseshan whose tail is Sree Sailam, middle is Ahobalam and head is Tirumala. 


This Nava Narasimha Kshetram enshrines Ahobila Narasimha, Varaha Narasimha, Malola Narasimha, Yogananda Narasimha, Bhavana Narasimha, Kaarancha Narasimha, Chakra Vada Narasimha, Bhargava Narasimha and Jwala Narasimha. In the temple at the foothills, the Moolavar Prahladavaradan in a seated posture facing east; there are festival images of 8 of the Narasimhas, other than Malola Narasimha. The festival image of Malola Narasimha is located in the Ahobila Mutt. The Moolavar in the Ahobila Mutt is Lakshmi Narasimha, while the Utsavar is Rama.


The important festival of this place is the annual Brahmotsava that takes place on the first fortnight of Phalgun month, a fortnight after Shivaratri. During this festival the Lord and the Goddess are brought out to the Kalyanamantapam, and negotiations for the marriage and dowry is begun between the Padmasalis and the Lord himself. The Padmasalis form a group, and select a person to perform the marriage ceremony.