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The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh
Index Author
Invocation Introduction
Simhachalam Bhadrachalam
Annavaram Ryali
Mandapalli Draksharamam
Vijayawada Mangalagiri
Amaravathi Srikalahasti
Tirupati Lepakshi
Ahobalam Alampur
Mantralya Srisailam
Antarvedi Panagallu
Yadagiri Gudimallam
Basara Kotappakonda
Kaleswaram Ontimitta
Arasavilli Pithapuram
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

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Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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AHOBALAM

THE TEMPLE

The Navanarasimhas acre not in one place, nor they emerged at one time; These nine images are installed in separate temples scattered over area of five Krosas, and hence the place called the Panchakrosa thirtham. And they are atop and at the bottom of hill; called Upper Ahobalam and Lower Ahobalam. The biggest of the shrines is located in the Lower Ahobalam, where the awe-inspiring event took place. It is called Prahaladvarada Narasimha Swamy Aalayam - the place where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlad. It is surrounded by three Prakaras built on the model of Vijayanagara temples. There is a pond called Alwar Koneru supplying drinking water to the locals. Next comes the Aalaya of Chatravata Narasimha lying at a distance of a mile and a half. The icon is surrounded by a thorny bush, and it is installed under Pipal tree, so justifies that name of Chatravata Narasimha, which means Narasimha under an umbrella, here the tree acts as natural eternal umbrella. It might have served a place of rest for the Lord. To witnessing the other forms, one has to ascend to the Upper Ahobalam. The distance is six miles, and the path is laid out amidst lovely colourful picturesque scenes. The Narasimha that greets on the way first is called Karanda Narasimha, and in the adjacent temple is enshrined Yogananda Narasimha icon a place where the Lord taught Yogasanas to the boy Prahlad. Ali! What a compassion! According to tradition this is the fittest for mediation and here sage Bharadwaja and Gobhila did penance to be freed from sins. They realised.

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