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Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy Chandana Yatra has its own specialty that many people from nook and corner have the nijaroopa darshan of the Lord and seek blessings and get rid of their problems.
In this connection, we write about the importance of the Temple for the benefit of the readers. Simhachalam, the oldest temples in the world goes back to 11 th century. The word Simhachalam means the hill of the Lion. It is the hill of the great Nara-Simha, the forth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu descended on Simhachalam Mountain to save Prahlada a devotee, who was about to be dropped in the sea from the Mountain top.
Simhachalam, the temple that is situated in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India is one of the oldest temples in the World. Simhachalam which rises to about 800 feet above sea level is at a distance of sixteen kilometers to the north of Visakhapatnam. It is approachable both from Simhachalam Railway Station on the South Eastern Railway which is about four kilometers from this place and also by means of motarable road from Visakhapatnam Town where from APSRTC buses ply regularly.
Near the top of the north side of the hill, in a wooden hallow surrounded by a wide circle of higher ground resembling an amphitheatre, is the temple of Narasimha which gives the hill its name. This is most famous, richest and best sculptured shrine of the Northern Circars and the Rajahs of Viziangaram, who have endowed to it with lands etc., are its hereditary trustees for the last two centuries. It has been brought under the purview of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act under a special scheme.
The legend goes that Jaya and Vijaya the gate keepers of celestial abode of Lord Vishnu were cursed to be born as demons by the Lord for the disrespect they showed to some visiting sages. They were born as Hiranyakasipu and Kiranyasha to the sage Kasyapa and grew into mighty demon lords bent upon distributing the peace of the world. The younger of the two, Kiranyakasha, seized the earth and carried it to another region. Lord Vishnu delivered the earth from the clutches of the demon by assuming the Boar incarnation (Varaha Avatara) aggrieved by the death of his brother, Hiranyakaspi wanted to avenge the death of his brother. He added to his might the power of penance and began to punish the gods and sages, the devotees of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was once again prevailed upon to rescue the world from the menance of this demon. Then the Lord made one of his servants, Sumukha, to be born as a son of Hiranyakasipu. This son of Hiranyakasipu, named Prahlada, became a devotee of Vishnu even his birth and thus brought upon himself the wrath of his father. Hiranyakasipu tried tamed the ways of his erring son, but when he founded him to be adamant, made him undergo several hardships. He made the elephants trample over him and set poisonous snakes against him. Prahlada protected as he was diving grace, stood firm. Hiranyakasipu as a lost resort asked his servants to throw him son into sea and place a mountain over him. Her servants chose to drop Prahlada in the sea near the mount Simhadri with a view to place the mountain over him. But before they could complete their act Lord Narayana rescued him by jumping over the hill and lifting up Prahlada from the sea. Simhadri is thus the place where the Lord rescued Prahlada. The form of Varaha Nrasimha was assumed by him, then at the prayer of his devotee Prahlada, who wanted to see both the aspects of Lord, the one by which he had already killed Hiranyakasha and the other by which he killed Hiranyakasipu.
According to Sthalapurana, Prahlada was the first person to construct a temple round the Deity. He accomplished his after his father’s death at the hands of Narasimha. But at the end of that life cycle, the temple was neglected and began to decay. Even the Deity was not taken care of and crests of earth slowly gather round the image. But, at the beginning of another life cycle, the Lord once again was discovered by pururava of the Lunar Dynasty.
Pururava, with his spouse Urvasi, riding on an aerial over the hill of the South was drown to the Simhachalam by a mysterious power, He discovered the Lord on the Hill lying imbedded in crests of earth. He cleared the earth amount the image of the Lord. He was addressed by the Akasavani not to expose the image but cover it with sandal paste. It also added that the Lord should be worshipped in this form, and only once in a year, on the third day in the month of Vysakha his Nijaswarupa can be revealed. Acting under the instructions of Akasavani the kind applied over the image of an amount sandal wood paste which is equal to the earth he had removed worshipped the deity and built the temple once again around the image. The temple continued to flourish ever since.
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