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May 13, 2012

Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha - Simhachalam / Simhadri

Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy, Simhachalam, AP

Simhadri or Simhachalam temple is located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, South India. 
It is dedicated to the Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami. 

Simhachalam temple is known as the second richest temple in India (after Tirupati). 
Varaha Narasimha Swami gives "nijaroopa darshan" only once in a year on Akshaya Tritiya day, 
During rest of days He is covered with Sandalwood paste. Nijaroopa darshan festival is described as 'Chandana yatra' or 'Chandanotsavam'.

Mukkur LakshmiNarasimhaChariyar has written Sri Simhachala Mangalam on this Varaha Narasimha Swami.

Simhachalam Temple Gopuram

Story behind this temple:-

Hiranyakasipu made numerous attempts to get Prahlada killed. One of them was to throw him off from the top of a mountain. However, our Narasimha rescued him by moving the mountain and made a small path for Prahaladha. It is said that in the place where the Lord stood to protect Prahaladha is Simhachalam.

The most important thing about this temple is that here we can't see the God's feet. 
It is said that the feet is buried inside the earth. Lord Narayana came to rescue Parahalada on Garuda and when they threw Parahalada Lord Narayana jumped from Garuda to save him and in this process his feet went deep into the earth. What a force it must have been!

Simhachalam Temple Video

Temple Timings:  Morning 7am to 4pm And Evening 6pm to 9pm.