ancient temple of Varahanarasimhaswamy that established an immortal
name by etching its august legend on the pages of history was only
Sivaalaya in the beginning. Even now the worship is made to
Sivalinga, although it is called Varahanarasimha Swamy. This has
many exciting legends. When it was under the administration of
Gajapathi rulers, once the army of
invaded and ransacked certain parts. When they attempted to enter
the garbha griha by breaking the doors, then occurred an exiting
Sivalila that made the iconoclasts take to heels, not due to the
power of weapons, but by the mighty winged insects of no importance
at all. Two austere priests, named Kurmanatha and Hariharadas,
popular as born poets entered the garbha griha and locked it behind.
Forthwith they sang in praise of Maheswar in fine lyrics and
composed hundred poems in rhapsody. Their extempore poetical
devotion pleased the Lord most and sent millions and millions of
honey bees that put to rout the religious bigots by harassing them
with their sting. Unable to stand their infinite, ever increasing
number and particularly poisonous bite, the army ran helter skelter
and went back in shame and utter defeat.
winged creatures scored a resounding victory over the ruthless
bigots. Ah ! How powerful is the ardent devotion ! And how merciful
is the Lord !! Tearful appeal never goes in vain, nor Lord
Parameswar ever lets down His devotees.
to inexplicable reasons, that Saiva kshetra became a Vaishnavate
Aalaya by the maneuvers of some vested interests. Yet the self-same
Sivalinga is worshipped in the name of Varahanarasimha Swamy and the
Lord hastens to the rescue of true devotees at all times, even if He
is called by another name. Rose by name smells sweet; isn't it?
lies 10 Km of Vishakapattanam, the district head quarters town of
the same name and it commands transport facilities, like airport,
railway junction, bus station in addition to seaport also.