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Temples & Legends Of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

AHOBALAM

According to the Pancharatratstavam of Vaishnavism, for the Vasudeva Chaturmurti there arefour main primary aspectsnamely, Vasudeva, Sankarshana (Lion),Pradyumna (Boar)  and Aniruddha.

The four faces of Lord Vishnu mentioned in the Vishnu Dharmottara passages are taken to stand for the above four Vyuhas. Thus the Narasimha type of manifestation is an important vyuha of the Lord.

It is stated in the Nrisimha Purvathapani Upanishad that God appeared before Brahma as Narasimha first, and gave him the mantra viz., the Narasimha Anushtrup, with which he was able to develop the four Vedas later..

The Anushtrup is as follows:

In the above Anushtrup, there are nine forms of Narasimhaswamy, which corres- pond to   the Nava Narasimhas.

Those are the Ugra or the angry, the Veera or the fighting, the  Mahavishnu or the Lakshmi Narasimha,the Jwalantha of the figure emitting flames, the  Sarvathomukha or the Narasimha with a  number of faces, the Narasimha or the  ordinary Narasimha, the Bhishana or the  frightful, the Bhadra of the terrible and the  Mrithyormrithyu or the killer of death.

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