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Mangalagiri-Panakala Narasimhaswamy Aalayam 

'Mangalagiri' greets the ears with mellifluous lilting strains, and presents before the eyes a holy hill temple consecrated by the auspicious presence of Lord Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Sri Mahavishnu, conferring mukti on the adorers, since Kritayuga onwards. True to his name Narasimha - the combination of man-lion form though causes tremors in the minds of the lily-livered or unrighteous, demonical persons; he is the kindest of kindest extending succour to the truest Bhaktas at the cost of personal discomfort. His fierce looking exterior in fact conceals the most responsive, soft, supple, sensitive, readily dissoluble, butter-like heart that wafts him speedier than manovega across the universes to lift the adorers at a mere call. And it is this incarnation that showed to the world the Omnipresence of the Supreme Providence. By rescuing Prahlad from the excruciating tortures, he presented to the world a unique specimen of a devotee, besides freeing the world from the egoistical creed of 'Ahambrahmasmi' of that conceited Hiranyakasipu. It demonstrated that he endures anything for the sake of his Bhaktas, as evidenced by bearing that hideous, uncouth, terrifying lion's head with its grisly mane, sharp incisors and dishevelled hair over the shapely, sturdy, shiny, broad shoulders of his jaganmohanarupa. Origin of Panaka Offering  His assuming of that dreadful shape lasted then for a few nimeshas, and is within the limits of endurance, but remaining with it eternally for Jaganmangala is something extraordinary and possible to God of gods alone. The august Narasimha form with which he is remaining in this hill bears testimony of his 0mnicompassion. But for this, the surrounding region throbbing with millions and millions of people would have been a laavamaya barren, rocky soil fit for neither habitation nor cultivation; for, the hill over which he is seated according to one version was once a live voleano, but turned into a gracefully cool hill now. That apurva Karunaikasindhu, by drinking potfuls of beverage is mollifying the blazing volcano, in addition to slaking his enormous thirst caused by the burning pedestal over which he is seated. And so he is popularly known as Panakala Narasimhaswamy, ever contented with Panaka Naivedyam in preference to Panchamrita abhishekam, or Panner Prakshalanam. And it is this Narasimhaswamy that is conferring emancipation by a mere single visit with soulful prayers; it is here Anjaneya is dwelling permanently as kshetrapalaka at the instance of Sri Rama for lokakalyana; it is in this kshetra lies the grand shrine of Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy built by Yudhistara in Dwaparayuga; it is this holy place visited by Chaitanya Mahapiabhu, Adisankara, Ramanuja who had sung in praise of the archamurti; it is this kshetra sanctified by the Lakshmi Pushkarini built for the ceremonial bath of Sri Mahalakshmi before joining Vaikunta as the consort of Sri Mahavishnu; it is the holiness of this place that keeps sweet meats and jaggery from the menace of ants and flies as evidenced by their absence in and around temple precincts though maunds of jaggery are used every day to offer panaka puja to the Lord; it is here in the dim past Hrusva Sringi, a prince did penance and assumed the shape of an elephant before forming into mountain to be freed from his father's exhortation to return home, giving up a life of austerity.

Bhaktakoti started worshipping him with honey as Naivedya, in the Kritayuga. With the passage of time, the practice changed itself into milk in the Tretayuga, ghee in the Dwaparayuga and Panaka in the Kaliyuga, may be on account of the availability of the materials, or perhaps due to adulteration of sentiments due to Kala Prabhava. Anyhow, the Panakapuja - the ritual of offering of the beverage made of jaggery and water as Naivedya has become a regular practice and it is offered with utmost devotion, as a mark of redemption of vows taken by the adorers, whenever they were caught in the meshes of life taking problems, or worries knocking them down. And Io! the Lord too is immensely pleased to accept the Panakapuja and considers it as the best. And what is more, nothing else pleases him more than this. He-receives it whole-heartedly and drinks to his contentment by a peculiar gurgling sound, while pouring the beverage into his mouth. As it marks his samtripti, the priest stops pouring, and gives back the rest of the quantity made as Prasad, which is distributed among the visiting Bhaktas assembled. This is the star attraction of this sacred shrine. And people who are relieved of their problems are visiting to offer this ritual to the Lord, their number is ever growing and consuming several maunds of jaggery. Everyday and throughout the year that too. Hundreds of Bhaktas visit everyday and huge quantities of Panaka is offered.

The Temple  And the peculiar feature observed here is the absence of any other image. Only Narasimha's icon - a Swayamvyakta is adorning this rock-cut temple and he is adored with boundless ardour. Here there is only one hall in the fore of the image, installed in the hollow of a big boulder. Except this. neither carvings of any kind on ceiling or walls, nor painting of any deity is seen here. Another stunning fact discernable here is the absence of flies, or insects of any kind, though jaggery is found in abundance, brought for making Panaka.

Even if seen with microscopic lens, none detects any irritating creature creeping or flying in the vicinity. Isn't it due Lord's Mahima? Does it not mirror His anantavatsalya? And that marks him out as a Mokshapradatha first and last, thereby it establishes that his ways are incomprehensible to the test-tube scientists and inexplicable to the book drunk scholars. To the Bhaktas like Prahlad, it is as clear as amalaka on the palm. They explain and enthrall the listeners for hours and days, if attendance is given. Another odd feature observable in the garbhagriha is that there is no passage for the huge quantities of Panaka to drain it out. Where does it go and how? Look that entire area is always dry and hot.

Nobody knows except ONE and that greatest alone who knows how to draw HIS children to HIS feet by means best. It is again a mystery to all, but not to Bhaktas. Let us now descend down the flight of steps, numbering 500 to be the foot of hill to feast our eyes with several temples dedicated to gods and liberal endowments made by the asthika mahaprabhus from time to time. On coming down, and when we look up high into the blue sky, we find that the hill Mangalagiri is in the shape of an elephant in reclining posture and the temple situated at its mouth. It is nestled mid-way between the sikhara and the foot of hill.

It lies in the centre of Managalagiri on the hill, 10 km off Vijayawada of AP, accessible by town bus.


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