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Aanamalai Yoga Narasimhar

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Narasingam in Aanaimalai in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is located at the foot of the Aanaimalai hills. This is a rock cut temple and the main deity Narasimhar is carved out of the rock . The temple is a good example of the cave sculpturing of the Pandya Kingdom . Presiding Deity is called as Yoga Narasimhar and Mother is called as Narasingavalli . This place, though not a Divyadesam , is situated between two holy places – Alagar Koil in the north and Thiru Mohur in the east.

This hill is in the shape of an elephant hence it is called Yanaimalai (elephant hill). This place is mentioned as the Gaja Giri Kshetram, Narasingam or Hasthigiri.

Pulasthya Maharishi, the great grandfather of Lankan King Ravana is said to have undertaken penance at this place and had darshan of Lord Narasimha.

According to the Sthala Purana for Madurai Koodal Azhagar Temple , sage Romasa had installed the Lord Narasimhar idol in a cave in the hill . And the 87th chapter of the Uttara Kanda of the Brahmanda Purana says the sage did penance on the banks of the Padma Thadagam, as it was filled with lotus flowers, near the Gajagiri Kshetram (the present Anaimalai) seeking progeny, and wanted the Lord to appear in this Narasimha avatar. The Lord appeared as Ugra Narasimha and the heat that emanated from him was unbearable.

Even the celestials were affected by it and they all came to Gajagiri Kshetram and prayed to the Lord to calm down. The Lord could not be pacified and then they sought the help of Prahlada, whose arrival quietened him to some extent. They prayed to the Goddess Mahalakshmi, who also took her abode in him as Narasingavalli, after which he became Yoga Narasimha. The Lord later granted the boon sought by the sage.

Chakra Theertham:

According to another legend, Lord Shiva was afflicted by Brahma Hathi Dosham (a curse that descends upon a Hindu if he murders a Vedic Brahman) after he plucked one of the five heads of Lord Brahma. He was relieved of it after he took a bath in the holy water source there, also known as Chakra Theertham, and he worshipped Lord Narasimha. It is believed that taking a dip in the Chakra Theertham, which is near the temple, relieves the devotees from sins.

Thiruvilayadal Puranam:

The Thiruvilayadal Purana, written by Perumbatta Puliyur Nambi and later amended by Paranjothi Munivar, says that the Chola king, who could not win the battle against the Pandya ruler, sought the help of Jains. They created a giant elephant using their mystic powers and directed it to kill the Pandya king and destroy his capital. But the Pandya prayed to Lord Siva to save him and his capital. The Lord sent to him the “Narasinga Asthram” (the eight-lettered word Namo Narayana), which turned the elephant into a hill. To commemorate this event, a stone elephant was installed in Madurai near the Vaigai facing the north, which is found near the Yanaikkal bridge even today .

This temple too we visited during our Pandiyanadu divyadeshams tour and it is also one of an abhimana sthalams .

Entrance of the temple
Inside the temple
Aanamalai Yoga Narasimhar temple entrance
Yoga Narasimhar

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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