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Sri Narasimhar temple
 
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Moolavar: Narasimhar
  Urchavar:
  Amman / Thayar:
  Thala Virutcham:
  Theertham:
  Agamam / Pooja :
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name:
  City: Mattapalli
  District: Nalgonda
  State: Andhra Pradesh
 
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Sri Narasimha Jayanthi is devotionally celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Narasimha in the temple is carved on a rock. One foot tall.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Narasimhar Temple, Mattapalli, Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 8683- 227 922 
    
 General Information:
     
  The journey to the temple should begin from Vijayawada at 6.00 a.m.  Mangalagiri Panaka Narasimha temple is 10 km from here.  Leaving Mattapalli at 8.00 a.m. Vedathri, 60 km from this place can be reached within 2 hours.  Darshan here is available till 12.00 a.m.  After lunch here, the devotee can reach Mattapalli at 4.00 p.m.  After darshan in the temple, they can stay at Hoosoor for the night.
Leaving Hoosoor at 6.00 a.m. the devotee should proceed to Vadapalli with prior contact with the priest who is not always available.  The watchman in the nearby house will help darshan in the temple.  Those desiring to go to the hill temple, may seek help from the locals.  After completing the darshan at the hill temple by 3.00 p.m. the devotee can be back at Vijayawada by 6.00 p.m.
Train facilities
From Chennai:
Train No. 12077-Chennai-Vijayawada –Jan Sathapti Express, daily at 7.00 a.m.
More trains are also available.
From Puducherry:
Train No. 22403-Puducherry-Delhi (Delhi Express) Wednesdays at 9.05 a.m.
Train No. 12868-Puducherry-Howra (Howra Express)Wednesdays at 12.30 p.m
Train No. 12897-Puducherry-Bhuvaneshwar (Bhuvaneshwar Express) Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m.
From Coimbatore:
Train No. 12625-Thiruvanathapuram-Delhi-Kerala Express-daily at 7.55 p.m.
Train No. 13352-Alappuzha-Danbad – Dhanbad Express-daily at 11.55 a.m.
Train No. 12522-Ernakulam-Birwani-Birwani Express-Fridays at 10.10 a.m.
Train No. 12969-Coimbatore-Jaipur-Jaipur Express, Fridays at 9.15 a.m.
Train No. 16323-Thiruvananthapuram-Vijayawada – Shalimar Express Fridays and Sundays at 1.25 a.m. – midnight.
From Madurai
Train No. 12641-Kanyakumari-Nizamuddin-Tirukural Express Wednesday at 11.45 p.m.
Train No. 12651-Madurai-Nizamuddin-Champak Kranti Exp) Mondays, Saturdays 11.35 p.m.
Train No. 12666-Kanyakumar-Howrah-Cape Howra Exp-Saturdays 12.35 p.m. Train No. 16787-Tirunelveli-Jammu Thavi-Jammuthavi Exp. Fridays and Mondays 7.00 p.m.
Train No. 14259-Rameswaram-Varanasi-Varanasi Exp. Wednesdays 8.05 p.m. Via Manamadurai.
The above schedules are subject to change by the railways from time to time, hence travelers are requested to check the schedules before deciding their programmes.
 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray to Lord Narasimha for wedding and child boons, cure from prolonged and terminal diseases, to begin any enterprise and for every endeavour they undertake in life.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Those cured of their diseases undertake to circumambulate the prakara thrice a day – morning, midday and evening – at step by step method 32 times each day and continue the commitment for 11 days without fail.  
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  King Machi Reddy, who built this temple, had committed himself to the service of many temples in his life time.  He had offered gold Kalasas to Srishailam, Kasi Viswanathar and Thangoda Gopalar temple towers.  The palace he lived is now in ruins.  Sri Mukkur Lakshmi Narasimhachariar, noted for his religious discourses had done many renovations to the temple.  He has also elaborately dealt with the powers and glory of Lord Narasimha in his book “Kurai Ondrum Illai”.  There is also a hearsay story about the temple.
Many Hindu temples had been razed down by the Mogul King Aurangazeb.  He ordered demolition of this Mattapalli temple too.  Coming to know of the scheme of the Mogul King, a staunch Narasimha devotee prayed to Lord reminding Him of the intention of the Sages who installed him here.  They wished that Lord should be in the place till the end of Kaliyuga blessing His devotees.  Mogul army was nearing the place.  Suddenly, a great army of bees began to attack the enemies and stung them deeply.  Unable to face this unexpected and unconquerable encounter, the Mogul army began to retreat for its own safety.  Lord Narasimha would ever come to the rescue of the devotee, however intense the situation is.
The sanctum sanctorum is in a cave shape.  At the entrance are the stone carvings of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and Mother Gajalakshmi.  The upper portion of the sanctum is made of rocks.  People have to enter the sanctum bending their heads.  Lord Yogananda Narasimha is sculpted on a rock.  As the shape of the rocks resembles Adisesha, it appears as he is holding an umbrella for the Lord.  The presiding deity is just a foot tall holding conch and discuss and the lower left hand on the knee.  There are three dressed Tilaks and two eyes of Narasimha, which is believed to be that of His devotee Prahladha.  At the feet of the Lord is a devotee Chakri by name in a bird form.  Lord kept the devotee with Him to illustrate the fact that He and the devotee were not different but one.  Abishek is offered to both simultaneously.
There are two sculptures near Lord – 1.5 feet tall Mother Rajyalakshmi with a crown and sitting on a lotus and another Mahalakshmi both carved on the rock.  As these are not clear, later and idol of Mother Rajyalakshmi was made of metal and placed here.  Idols of festival deities are placed near the Lord.  On the right f the presiding deity are only 11 Azhwars instead of 12.  Of them, seven are facing west and four facing east. It is believed that the remaining one Azhwar may have been covered in darkness in the place.  There are 21 pillars in the Mukthi Mandap.  Though Garuda Baghwan alone appears opposite the sanctum sanctorum in Vishnu temples, here Sri Anjaneya too shares the place along with Garuda.  There is also a Swing Mandap – Oonjal Mandap.  On the left of the Mukthi Mandap are the shrines of Sri Andal, Sages Brugu, Athri, Kashyapa,and Vaikanasa Acharyalu.
Those facing serious diseases bathe in the Krishna River, stay in the temple for 11 days for a remedy.  Devotees are warned to use only the permitted part of the river with steps.  The river has crocodiles as it is deep.
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  The region – Mattapalli – is still a jungle area despite many developments.  River Krishna is flowing through this place, deep and broad.  Sage Bharadwaj and his disciples were worshipping Narasimha in the cave then.  Years passed.  Sage Bharadwaja told the disciples that Lord would appear when sins and injustice become the rule of life.  Lord appeared in the dream of one Sri Anumala Machi Reddy the king of Thangoda and told him of his presence in the Mattapalli cave and ordered to perform pujas to Him.  The king immediately ordered his men to find out the cave.  They did their best but could not.  Tired and frustrated, the king fell asleep in the jungle.  Lord again appeared in his dream and said that he had almost zeroing on Him and the cave was covered by plants and bushes.
The king was happy to discover Lord in the cave.  He installed Him there and constructed a convenient pathway to enable devotees to worship Him.
 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Lord Narasimha in the cave is carved on a rock – one foot tall.
 
     
 
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