Iam sharing my Ahobilam trip experience which I went in April 2017. It was a very adventurous trip. I and my hubby went on a group tour with 27 persons. My friends also accompanied us.
Ahobilam is one of the 108 divyadeshams , situated admist the dense nallamala forest .
Ahobilam is situated in the allagadda Mandal in kurnool district of Andrapradesh.
It is a holy abode of Lord Narasimha. It’s a nava Narasimhar sthethram. Narasimhar is the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu ( man with lion face ). A must visit temple for all vaishnavites though it is adventurous.
There are totally 9 forms of narasimhar in Ahobilam. Lower Ahobilam has 3 narasimhar temples and upper Ahobilam has 6 narasimhar temples.
Sthalapuranam : As the legend says Lord Vishnu took Narasimha avathar to rescue Prahalad from his father King Hiranyakashibhu. When Prahalad worships Lord Vishnu , King Hiranya gets irritated as he wanted himself to be worshipped as Lord by all , ( King Hirayan gets a boon after doing deep penance to Lord Brahma that no human or animal , morning or night , He should not be killed by any weapons in Earth or Sky ) King Hiranyan asks Prahlad “why do you chant OM NAMO NARAYANA, where is your Lord Narayanan ? Prahalad replies my Lord is present in pillars as well as in dust. Annoyed by this answer King Hiranyan hits a pillar , “Is there your Narayanan here?!”, Prahalad replies Yes.
As Hiranyan hits the pillar, a lion faced avathar of Lord Vishnu comes out of the pillar and lifts Hiranyan put him on his laps and tears his stomach with his sharp claws and pulls out his intestines and puts as a mala (garland).
The pillar from which the Lord
Narasimhar appeared is called as
Ugra sthamba and daily rituals are done here. Its very steep but some people do make it those who go by doli could not see this .
After killing King Hiranyan the Lord Narasimhar washes his hands in a pond which is called Raktha kund.
Though the water is red , when we lift in hands or in a container the water looks colourless.
The 9 forms of Narasimhars are
- Pavana Narasimhar
- Bharghava Narasimhar
- Chatravadha Narasimhar
- Yoganandha Narasimhar
- Karanja Narasimhar
- Ugra Narasimhar
- Jwala Narasimhar
- Krodha Narasimhar
- Malola Narasimhar
Pavana narasimhar and Bharghava Narasimhar can be reached by forest department jeep by paying Rs.200 per person . Yoganandha Narasimhar Chatravadha Narasimhar and Karanja Narasimhar by the van .
The roads are horrible and very risky only a fore wheeler zeep will be apt for both Pavana Narasimhar and Bharghava Narasimhar.
To reach Bharghava Narasimhar temple one has to climb nearly 125 steps .
Karanja Narasimhar, Yoganandha Narasimhar and Chatravadha Narasimhar are easily accessible by good roads . Its advisable to finish these temples on the first day and upper Ahobilam the next day.
The upper ahobilam requires a lot of trekking but we took doli facility.
For doli they charge Rs. 3000 per person for to and fro (as of year 2017).
In lower Ahobilam there’s a seperate temple as Prahaladha Varadhan temple .
Next to Yoganandha Narasimhar temple is a shrine with all Nava Narasimhar with their urtsavar along with the related navagrahas . Those who can’t make to upper Ahobilam can have the dharshan of the Nava Narasimhar here .
Its is believed that the 9 forms of Narasimhars relieve us from navagraha dosham
1 .Ugra Narasimhar or Ahobila Narasimhar gives courage. It is worshipped for Guru . ( Jupiter )
2 . Yoga Narasimhar rescues us from all difficulties and unfavourable energy of Sani . (Saturn)
3 . Jwala Narasimhar gives us success good health and removes hurdles in marriage. This is for Sevvai . (Mars)
4 . Bharghava Narasimhar bless us with leadership qualities. Worshipped for Suriyan . ( sun )
5 . Krodha Narasimhar success in land disputes and real estate business. For Raghu .
6 . Pavana Narasimhar liberates his devotees from sins committed in the past and present life ,Buthan ( Mercury )
7 . Malola Narasimhar he is full of love and compassion and clears our depts Sukiran . ( Venus )
8 . Chatravadha Narasimhar art music and for stable economy .Kethu .
9 . Karanja Narasimhar fulfills all our desires and protects us from our enemies .Chandran ( moon )
Thirumangai alwar has sung praising this Lord.
Slogan of Lord Narasimhar :
Ugram veeram mahavishnum jwalantham sarva thomugham nrushimham bhishnam pathram mrityur mrityur namma yaham
one should definitely visit this nava Narasimhar sthethram once in their life time and get the Lord’s blessings .
2 thoughts on “Ahobilam”
Wow! Very informative. Pictures are so so nice. Will be very useful while visiting. Thank you for sharing. God Bless you. Will go through the other posts also.
Thank u aruna