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Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

Simhachalam

14.7/5(5 Ratings)

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple Overview

Ranked 2 of 6 sightseeing in Simhachalam

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, also known as the Simhadri, is a beautiful Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Situated on a hilltop, the shrine is believed to be the holy abode of Varaha Narasimha Swami, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Representing a blend of Orissan and Chalukyan architectural styles, the temple is believed to have been constructed in 1098 by the famous Chola king, Kuloththunga. The queen of ancient Orissa covered the image with gold, between 1137 and 1156. Furthermore, Narasimha Deva, the king of the Eastern Ganga Kingdom in Orissa, constructed the central shrine in 1267.

The shrine was visited twice by Sri Krishna Deva Raya in 1516 and 1519, after defeating Gajapati Prataparudra Dev, a Gajapati ruler of Orissa. He offered jewellery to the deity, along with a huge bhogam, out of which a beautiful necklace is still preserved in the temple. The temple activities are managed by the Pusapati Gajapatis, since the past three centuries.

Featuring a combined form of a Varaha and Narasimha, the presiding deity of the temple is Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha. The idol resembles a Shiva Lingam that is enshrined within the inner sanctum of the temple. The Shiva Lingam remains covered with sandal paste and other holy pastes throughout the year. Apart from beautifully carved stone idols, the temple also has a statue of a stone chariot drawn by seven horses.

The artwork of the shrine is similar to that of the Konark Temple. The walls and boundaries of the temple are decorated with images of elephants, flowers and plants. The exteriors of the temple are adorned with images of King Narasimha, the founder of the Konark temple, in various postures. The sanctum of the temple has a Kalyana Mandapam, which is supported by 16 pillars. Each pillar is beautifully decorated with images of various incarnations of Lord Vishnu. During the occasion of Chandana Visarjana, celebrations along with processions are carried out at the shrine.

State operated buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and passenger trains are available to reach the temple.

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Nikhil vijay kumar Malhotra

Nikhil vijay kumar Malhotra5.0/5

46 reviews

Heaven on Hill !!

This temple was 15 kms away from my hotel second thing if you want to travel you can take private taxi or bus service is there which takes 20 rs and drop you to the location. Important thing you are not allowed to take any luggage or bags and cell phones so you can deposit it by paying merely 5 rs for phone and 20 for bag. Darshan is free of cost or if you want you can pay 100 to get VIP darshan. The darshan was mind blowing but crowd you know its tough to handle, And I feel management is also can't keep the tap of it which I felt.

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  • Heaven on Hill !!
  • Heaven on Hill !!
  • Heaven on Hill !!
  • Heaven on Hill !!
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Siva Kalyani

Siva Kalyani4.6/5

1 review

Great temple with natural greenery hills around

This temple is located in the way to the Vizag and "it is just 10kms away from the Vizag entrance way". I visited this temple with my friends on "occasion of Sankranti". To reach this temple devasthanam hi-tech buses will be available from the bus station. The "temple with natural greenery hills around is awesome to see". And this place will be very crowded during "Chandanotsavam time" as at time the new chandanam will be "applied to the gods idol in order to reduce the heat of gods". The special thing here is "Pillar Rock" which "fulfills the desire of the devotees. " So I recommend everyone to visit this temple during this "auspicious time".

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Murthy Barla

Murthy Barla5.0/5

1 review

One of the famous temple in Andhra Pradesh

The temple is one of the famous of Andhra Pradesh state. There are large number of devotees visited Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy for darshanam. Every year Swamy Vari Chandanotsavam.

Muralitharan Venkataraman

Muralitharan Venkataraman5.0/5

38 reviews

Sculptures are awesome

I had the blessing to have the darshan of Lord Narashimha on 24.12.13. It is one of the 18 Narashima avatars. Lot of buses available from Vizag bus station. The place is indeed lovely and the sculptures are awesome. But you can't take pictures while you are inside the place.

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Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam

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Nikhil vijay kumar Malhotra

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam
Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam

Photo by

Nikhil vijay kumar Malhotra

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam
Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam

Photo by

Nikhil vijay kumar Malhotra

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam
Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam

Photo by

Nikhil vijay kumar Malhotra

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple , Simhachalam