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Singapatnam - Narasimhaswamy Aalayam 

A popular sthalapurana called Madanagopala Mahatmya embodies an elaborate account of this holy kshetra now going by the name of Sangotam. It is a unique Narasimha kshetra, where a Banalinga representing Lord Narasimha is receiving ritualistic worship with utmost veneration due. And here in these parts there are many more shrines enshrining lingas, the principal emblem of Siva, but representing Vaishnavate deities. The story of the emergence of this Narasimha is quite fascinating and its hold on the theist community is infinitely great.

According to legend, once in the dim past, one devout bachelor was traversing here on his way to Ahobalam from Kasi. Accidentally he tumbled upon a sharp stone and fell down swooned. In that unconscious state, he heard an aerial voice - "Why going to Ahobalam, this place is equally sacred; you can stay here and do penance". Deeming it as Bhagavadadesa, he started forthwith his penance sitting under a tree. His long penance brought down Lord Narasimha to this sport and gave his damn - the ardent aspiration for which he was going to Ahobalam. A suitable shrine came up later, when the sports of the Lord reached all corners and lifted the deserving theists. According to another version, the worshipful archamurti in the salagram form was struck against the plough of one farmer, who was ploughing his land on the sacred Narasimha Jayanthi. At once he was possessed by a good spirit and talked that he was himself Narasimha. And he carried the salagram on his head home and placed it at the feet of the present icon. It so coincided with the hunting expedition of the feudal Lord to this part called Recherla Singama Naidu, who being informed, galloped to the spot and worshipped the Lord with utmost devotional zeal. His devotion did not end there, but propelled him to build a suitable shrine for it. He did.

But the literary narration attributes the emergence of this shrine to a different reason. The same Singama Naidu after causing the temple built and endowed 240 acres of land for its maintenance. The temple faces the south direction. The hillock on which the present temple stands is called Swetadri and almost all the buildings are erected by devotees - the recipients of the Lord's rewards for pure devotion. Later there were built some more temples, like Lakshmi Devi Aalayam on the Ratnagiri hill opposite this. As this holy kshetra is encircled by green crops, silver cascades and vast ponds, the enchanting bounties of the evergreen Nature, it is a most visit-worthy kshetra embodying many tourist potentialities, besides spiritual treasures.

It lies in the Kollapur mandalam of Palamur district of Andhra Pradesh, commanding rail and road facilities from the taluq headquarters town.


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