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NARASIMHAVATARA KSHETRAS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

Penna Ahobalam - Lakshmi Narasimha Aalayam

This is a thirtha kshetra of great renown, with a difference. Eccentric it may appear that this strange temple contains no archamurti to say the least. This kshetra lies 3 km off river Penna and so it is called Penna Ahobalam, the second word Ahobalam being the august seat of Navanarasimhas. This Narasimha is also popular as Bagula Narasimhaswamy. This sacred shrine embodies certain queer features - the principal causes for its eternal fascination and intense adoration.

The temple is built on a hillock of very modest altitude. Though it contains all the essentials of a sacred shrine, the garbhagriha houses the foot-prints of the Lord only. No icon of any size, nor in any posture is placed. And they are very broad and long measuring five feet by three. The Lord, it appears, after roaming about the entire Bharat for long on killing Hiranyakasipu came to this spot and stayed for a while. He placed his feet with such force that they left distinct marks and are visible clearly with details. They are venerated with unprecedented veneration. Another interesting feature about these marks is that there is a small deep cut hole under the imprints, and it swallows barrels of water. It seems, its thirst is inextinguishable and further it is believed that there is a tunnel like passage from here to the river Penneru, but none ventured to verify the veracity of the statement. Does legend admit any investigation?

The Temple Complex

Just opposite the garbhagriha, there is a huge mandap used for congregational prayer purposes. It contains all essential parts like Dwajasthamba, and De epasthamba used for burning Karthika deepa mainly. 'There is a separate sannidhi for Mother Mahalakshmi and it lies outside the garbhagriha. Many auspicious functions like marriage, samaradhana etc. are celebrated here realising the sanctity of the place. Rathasaptami, the main annual festival falling in the month of Vaisaka draws huge crowds and special prayer services are offered with reverence due.

This lies 35 km off Anantapur and at a short distance to Uravakonda, the famous towns of Rayalaseema of Andhra Pradesh and hence poses no problem for conveyance of any type from either side.

 

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About Narasimhavatara Kshetras In Andhra Pradesh
Simhachalam
Antarvedi
Yadagiri
Bhimunipatnam
Aakiripalli
Khaadri
Khammam
Dharmapuri
Penna Ahobalam
Vedadri
Nampalligutta
Korukonda
Rajahmundry
Mamillapalli
Lakshmipuram
Velijala
Singapatnam
Valumpalli
Kondurg
Singarayakonda
Mangalagiri
Mangalagiri
Draksharamam
Rajanalabanda
Alampur
Tirumala
Anantavadi
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