Ahobilam Nava Narasimha Temple Yatra

Ahobilam - The Abode of the Great Protector

The Eastern Ghats with its peaks and valleys is believed to be Adi Shesha, with Tirupathi representing its seven heads, Ahobilam its centre and Sri Sailam its tail. It is at Ahobilam that nine shrines of  the nine aspects of Lord Narasimha is worshipped. With a human torso and lion's head, he is the Great Protector, the one who defends his devotees in their time of need. Lord Narasimha is cosidered the fourth incarnation of the divinity of Lord Vishnu. The journey to these shrines is not an easy one. Trekking thorough forests, by the rivers, up the steep climbs and under the waterfalls are needed to reach the shrines of Upper Ahobilam. But devotees, over the years have undertaken this yatra to attain the blessings of Lord Narasimha. The Ahobilama Nava Narasimha temple yatra covers four temples in Lower Ahobilam, four in Upper Ahobilam and one on the way between the two.

Legend

Ahobilam stems from Aho and bilam meaning great strength. And it was with colossal strength that the Lord, on hearing the prayers of his young devotee Prahalad, burst out of the pillar to kill the demon King. King Hiranyakashipu received a boon that he can be killed neither by a man nor an animal,  neither in day time nor at night, neither inside of his palace nor outside of it, neither on the ground nor on sky and never by any weapon. In his arrogance he banned all chanting of prayers to Lord Vishnu in his Kingdom, projecting himself as the almighty. His son, Prahlad, refused to obey his fathers orders. Angry at his son's insolence, the King tried to kill the boy who requested the Lord to come and save him. Lord Vishnu, took his fourth incarnation as Narasimha, the half man, half animal form, at dusk, the time between the day and night. He then killed the King with his finger nails, placing the demon on his thighs at the steps of his palace. It is believed that Ahobilam is the place where the Lord came to annihilate the evil of Hiraynakashipu. The travel to the shrines of Narasimha, had always been of importance for Vaishnavites, with the Alwar saints praising it as one of the Divyadesams.

Deity - Temples

Deity : Lord Narashimha

Temples Covered :

Upper Ahobliam:
1. Ahobilam Narasimha

2. Kroda Narasimha
The temple of this Lord is 1km away from the main temple of Ahobilam Nrisimha Swamy on the Upper Ahobilam. Sri Kroda Narasimha also called Varaha Narasimha is a very special form of the Lord with the face of a boar. The Lord is seen along with his Consort, Lakshmi.
3. Jwala Narasimha
This is about 4km from the Ahobilam temple, on the hill of Achalachaya Meru. This place is said to be the actual spot, where Lord tore into the body Hiranyakasipu. There is a small pond near this temple called Rakta Kunda Tirtha. Here Lord Narasimha is said to have washed his blood-stained hands and hence the color of the water of this kunda turned red.
4. Malola Narasimha
 From the Kroda Narasimha temple, devotees must climb few stairs to reach the Malola Narasimha Temple. The Deity of Lord Narasimha here is in a peaceful form. Lakshmidevi is also present along with the Lord.   

Lower Ahobliam:
1. Yogananda Narasimha
After killing Hiranyakashipu, Lord Narasimha taught Prahlada few yogic postures to practice at this place. The Lord is seated in a padmasana with yogapatta around His legs. He is, hence called Yogananda Narasimha
2. Chatravata Narasimha
This Deity of the Lord is installed under a peepal tree, surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence, the Lord is called as Chatravata Narasimha Swamy. The Lord's image is with a smile on his face. The left hand of the Lord is in the tala mudra.  
3. Pavana  Narasimha
This temple is on the banks of the river Pavana and hence the Lord is known as Pavana Narasimha. This is the most peaceful form of the Lord amongst the nine Narasimha temples. The Lord here, is believed to liberate devotees from the all the sins.
4. Bhargava Narasimha
In this shrine it is believed that Lord Parashurama performed penances to please Lord Narasimha. The Lord gave darshan, showing his devotee the exact moment when he tore into Hiranyakashipu. This is one of the most ferocious forms of Lord Narasimha in Ahobilam.

On the way to Upper Ahobilam from Lower Ahobilam, is the Karanja Narasimha Temple.This shrine is situated between Upper Ahobilam and the road leading to Lower Ahobilam. The image of the Lord is installed under a tree, called 'Karanja Vruksham'. Hence this Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy. Hanuman is believed to have worshipped the Lord here.

Purpose

The visit to these shrines is believed to please the Lord immensely. He is said to shower his blessings on his devotees. A day in Ahobilam is equal to many years of visit to other places like Kasi, Varansi or Prayag. Devotees also believe that the Navagrahas, the nine celestial planets, got their powers after worshipping these nine forms of the Lord and those who worship at these nine temples can overcome the adverse effects of the grahas.

Who can go?

Anyone with pious faith can undertake the yatra. However, the journey requires some trekking and climbing. Aged  & those with serious illness should avoid the yatra

Yatra Preparations

Some of the temples of the yatra, especially those in the Upper Ahobilam are in deep forest areas.
Jeeps and proper guides are necessary to undertake the trip here. The forests are  not be visited after dusk, hence proper planning of the route/time is needed before the journey. Also, it is advisable to go on this journey only in groups as many wild animals can be found in these forests. The accommodations should be booked in advance.

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Area Covered

Andhra Pradesh
Language spoken : Telugu

Auspicious Days

Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the months of March-April. There are also celebrations every month on the Swathi Nakshatram, the star of the Lord.

Best time to Travel

The best time to visit is Oct-Dec. It is best to avoid the scorching summers and the monsoons as the paths may be slippery. Also, it is better to go to the temples in the forest areas on Saturdays, as the priests come and do the puja on that day.

Duration

2-3 days from Bangalore/Chennai/Hyderabad

Travel Method

The shrines, particularly those in Upper Ahobilam are inside the forests and requires walking, trekking and climb of steps to reach them.

Crowd Expected

There is not much crowd on regular days. Crowds can be expected on festival days.

Festivals

Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the months of March-April.  There are also celebrations every month on the Swathi Nakshatram, the star of the Lord.

Must Haves

The journey to the Ahobilam passes through forests with treks and climbs.
Essential medicines, water bottles, light snacks, comfortable footwear are must haves for the trip.
It is necessary to travel with a group or guide while going inside the forest areas.

Health Awarness

The journey to these nine shrine of Lord Narasimha requres devotees to do walking, trekking through forests as well as climbing steps. Those with heart conditions, asthma etc should consult a doctor before the journey. Also, since these shrines in the Upper Ahobilam are in deep forests, medical facilities will be frugal.

Additional Info

Ugra  Sthambham, the pillar from which Lord Narasimha is believed to have come out, is another 2 hour trek from these shrines. Please check with the tour packages if you want to cover this place.

Climate

The summers are hot in this part with the temperatures soaring in the forties. The winters are pleasant when the temperature dips to around 15 degree celsius. The rainy season is between June and September.

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