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Sri Prahladavardan (Ahopilam) temple
 
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Moolavar: Prahladavaradan, Lakshmi Narasimhan
  Urchavar: There are 9 procession deities in both theTemples at the foothill and at the top.
  Amman / Thayar: Amirtavalli, Chenchulaksmi
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Indira theertham, Narasimha theertham, Papanasa Theertham, Gaja theertham and Bargavatheertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Thiru singavel Kundram
  City: Ahopilam
  District: Kurnool
  State: Andhra Pradesh
 
     
Singers:
     
  The temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam hymns of Saint Nammazhwar  
     
 Festival:
     
  Narasimha Jeyanthi, Vaikunda Ekadasi  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  There are in nine forms of Lord Narasimha in the temple, his appearance from the pillar, tearing Hiranya’s stomach, roaring ferociously and finally the peaceful form (shanti form) all quite realistically depicted.  
     
Opening Time:
   
  Hill top temple from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m and 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., Foot hill temple from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Prahladavardan (Lakshmi Narasimhan) temple Singavelkundram (Ahopilam) Krunool dist. Andhra Pradesh.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 8519 - 252 025 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The two temples at the foot and top of the hill are situated between a distance of 10 km from each other.  The devotees have to go with adequate security to hill temples of Lord Narasimha due to the presence of wild animals in evening hours.  The route too is rough and steep to trek on the hill.  The devotee has to return early after worship before 6.00 p.m.

 

The presiding deity at the foot of the hill is facing east.  The vimana (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is of cave design.

 
     
Prayers
    
 

Prayers at the feet of the Lord are submitted for relief from the threats of enemies.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform abishek and do archanas with Tulsi leaves. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

‘Aho’ means Lion.  ‘Pilam’ means cave.  As the Lord appeared before His devotee Prahladha, He is praised as ‘Prahladha Varadhan’.  Sri Garuda the eagle vehicle of Vishnu, His Holiness Sri Azhagia Singar the first Jeer of the Mutt had the darshan of the Lord at the temple at the foot hills.

 

Sri Garuda and Prahladha had the darshan at the hill temple.

 

The temple enjoys the reputation of being called Nava Narasimha Kshetram as there are 9 Narasimha temples both at the foot and top of the hill totally.

 

Foot Hill Ahobil temple has 1) Bhargava Narasimha (Sun), 2) Yogananda Narasimha (Saturn), 3) Chakravada Narasimha (Ketu).  The hill temple has 4) Ahobila Narasimha (Jupiter), 5)Varaha (Krotha) Narasimha (Rahu), 6) Malola Narasimha (Venus), 7) Jwala Narasimha (Mars), 8) Bhavana Narasimha ( Mercury) and Karancha Narsimha (Moon).  Worshipping all the Narasimhas in a day means worshipping all the planets at a time.

 

There is also a story that Perumal left Vaikunda at the request of Garuda for Narasimha incarnation, He married Mahalakshmi here in the guise of hunter.   There is a water falls on the hills named Papanasini.  Varaha Narasimha shrine is above this place.  Two km away is Malola Narasimha while 3 km away is the place where the pillar stands from which Narasimha Murthy appeared for Prahladha.  There is a 85 feet tall pillar made of a single stone before the foothill temple called Jaya Sthamba-pillar of victory.  The foundation for the pillar is 30 feet down the ground.  It is believed that any prayer before this pillar will be duly responded.  It is said that Sri Rama on his way to rescue Sita prayed here and felt that he had won the battle, according to scriptures. 

 

This is the headquarters of all Ahobil Mutts.  His Holiness Sri Narayana Yatheenthra Maha Desikan Swamigal is the 45th Jeer of the mutt. When Bhagwan Adi Sankara faced threat to His life, He worshipped all the Nava-nine-Narasimhas and was saved by the Lord, according to Sankara Vijayam volumes.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Prahladha, son of demon Hiranya Kasipu was a staunch Vishnu devotee while the father was adamant claiming that he alone was supreme.  He demanded son Prahladha to show him his Lord.  Undeterred by the threat of his father, Prhaladha said that He was omnipresent and also in the pillar.  Hiranya hit the pillar with his club.  Lord Narasimha appeared from the pillar and destroyed the demon.  The palace where Prahladha said to have lived was reduced to ruins later and is now a jungle.

The temple has nine forms of Lord Narasimha as His appearance from the pillar, tearing the stomach of demon Hiranya, his roaring indignantly, cooling down as Shantamurti responding to the prayer of Prahladha and so on.

The hill is called Garudachalam and Garudatri as Sri Garuda performed penance here.  As Tirupati is called Seshadri, Ahobil is called Garudatri.

 
     
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