Simhachalam - Sri Varaha Laxmi Narashima Swamy Temple, Complete Info
Varaha narashima swamy temple located at Simhachalam 18 kms away from Vishakhpatmam railway station. it is Eleventh Century old temple dedicated to Lord Varaha Laxmi Narasimha it is also called as “Simhagiri”. It is famous temple and best sculptured holy place.
It has Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy as be in the position of authority to worship by devotees. This Simhachalam temple is also known as the second richest temple for earning income.
History And Significance Of The Simhachalam Temple:
Lord Vishnu is highly popular among the devotees. The architecture of the temple represents a combination style of Dravidian and Orissa style. The statue of the deity in the a place regarded as holy and is covered with a thick layer of sandal paste which is said to pacify about the violent anger of the Lord after the process of causing so much injured of Hiranyakasipu.
The sandal paste (Chandanam) is removed only once in a year, on the Chandana Visarjana in May and that day is examine to be specially allotted to a religious purpose visit the holy place to have Darshan of the narashima swamy on the day. The action of declaring something about the lord statue in this form is said to be destroy enemies, and secure success in battles.
The lord Narasimha Swamy, the lion-man as appearance in the form of an idea of Lord Mahavishnu is usually covered with sandalwood paste. The shape of the deity in the tribhanga posture has head of a lion with two hands and a human trunk.
The Chola King Kuloththunga provides some indication so far back as 1098 AD of as to its the ancient past. Regarded as holy in 1267 A.D, The other book exhibits a Queen of the Eastern Ganga of Kalinga (ancient Orissa) (1137-56 AD) covering the statue with gold while the eastern Ganga King of Orissa says on third book, Narasimha Deva. In Oriya and Telugu there are around 252 books defining that existed before of the temple as it is an important monument in the history.
Sri Krishna Deva Raya after win a victory over the Gajapati ruler of Orissa Gajapati Prataparudra Dev visited the shrine twice in 1516 AD and 1519 AD and granted many villages for maintenance of worship along with valuable jewellery of which an a bright green colour necklace (emerald) is still in the temple. For the last three centuries the royal family of Vizianagaram, “The Pusapati Gajapathi’s” have been the temple’s trustees.
One of the pillars in Simhachalam temple inside called “Kappastambham” in the Mukhantantapa is named “Kappam Stambham” or the pillar of tribute.‘Kappam’ is a method for offering many devotees take promise to come this temple and make their offerings for the achievement of the desire of their aspires.
This maybe the strong reason every devotee believed this pillar as Kappastambham. It is greatly believed that this pillar had the supernatural power to fulfill their desires and like many couples who childless are strongly believed by hold closely in once arms this pillar (stambham) with the considered to be true of getting the bliss of parenthood. As a result this divine pillar attracts many devotees with the hope of fulfill their dreams.
The Chandanotsavam is the annual ritual organizes at the temple. It is only on this special day devotees can see the real shape of the lord Narashimha swamy, in general days Narasimha swamy was completely covered with full of sandal wood paste.
This process is conducted on the Vaisakha Suddha Tadiya as per the Telugu calender. On the Chandanotsavam day that the Lord’s Sandalwood paste which was already cover the statue will be get cleaned and will covered with a fresh layer of huge sandalwood paste that especially brought for this occasion from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
The special process would take some time and at the time of removal process of the sandalwood paste, the sanctum doors will be closed.
Abhishekam and special pujas will be performed after the diety is fully unmasked. This process will conduct at around 3.00 PM.
Ananda Gajapathi Raju Heriditary Trustee of the temple and he is the person who will be having the first darshan of the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy on this Chandanotsavam day.
Nityannadanam a large-scale systematic plan introduced by Dharmakartha Dr. P.V.G.Raju Garu on in the year 1989. Since then, around 2,000 devotees are having Annaprasadam every day.
As per Hindu culture and tradition “Godanam” is the most important in the nature. There is a tradition from long days in Simhachalam temple as the pilgrims used to accept native breed cows and calves to the deity to pay their vows. Devastanam management will take care about all these cows for their necessary requirements like shelter, food and other facilities.
A devotee can become a member of “Go Samrakshana Pathakam” by paying Rs 1,116 or above above by sending a D.D./Cheque/M.O. in favour of Executive Officer, Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy vari Devasthanam, Simhachalam.
|Sevas||Timings With Prices|
|Melkolupu||daily 4 am to 4-10 am|
|Suprabatha patanamu||daily from 4.10 am to 4.30 am|
|Swarna Pushparchana||6.30 am to 8.00 am Thursday Rs.1000|
|Nitya Kalyanam||9.30 am to 11.00 am Daily Rs.1000|
|Astottaram||during temple timings|
|Special darshan||ticket during temple timings Rs. 100|
About Pujas and Its Prices
|Visista Nitya Kalayanam (Special)||Rs.500.00|
|Visista Nitya Kalyanam (Ordinary)||Rs.100.00|
|Laksha Kumkjumarchana||Rs. 500.00|
|Laksha Tulasi Puja||Rs.1000.00|
How to reach Simhachalam?
Reaching Simhachalam is very easy from every place like gajuwaka, Maddilipalem, people can catch RTC buses on other hand private buses and cabs also available to Simhachalam.
From Scindia To Simhachalam – Bus no 505, 55
From MVP colony To Simhachalam via Maddilapalem – Bus no 540
From Anakapalli To Simhachalam – Bus no 600