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LIFE OF BHAKTA NARASIMHAM Keer Pandharpur LIFE OF BHAKTA NARASIMHAM (Founder of Sree Keer Pandarikshethram) (A SHORT SKETCH) Just like Pandharpur in Maharashtra, Keer Pandharikshetram with Lord Panduranga Vittal as the main deity is one of the famous temples of Andhra Pradesh God had self manifested in the form of Lord Pandurange in 1929 and the way this happened was closely associated with the life of Sri Bhaktha Narasimham. In the North Eastern border of Andhra pradesh in Bobilli Taluk of Visakhapatnam District (now Srikakulam District), there is a village called Vutharavelli, wherein a pious couple, Gangadharam and Ramamma, belonging to Shaivite origin with Supernasa Rishi Gotra lived. This couple prayed fervently to Lord Shiva for a male issue. Their prayers were answered and by the grace of Shiva, the couple were blessed with a son at 3.30 a.m. On the day of Suddha Chaviti, Thursday, Chaitra month in the year Virodhi (4th April 1889). He was born under star Rohini with Kumbha Lagnam (Aries), running Chnadra maha dasa. On eleventh day after the boy\'s birth, astrological rituals were performed and he was named Narasimham. The boy Narasimham imbibed in himslef the religious fervour and the devotional zeal of his mother, Ramamma. Due to the good deeds of meeting great Godly men, saints and devotees in his previous birth, the boy, even at the age of fifth year developed an intense dev otion to the Almighty. He was constantly listening to the holy scriptures, songs, glories and the stories of the Lord. Like Prahlada, the boy Narasimham, while learning his lessons at school, aroused interest in his school mates and friends to sing the songs of Lord and built miniature temples with the bricks and stones he could gather. He reached the heights of ecstacies in these methods. As he lost his mother in his ninth year, his father married a second wife named \'Gangamma\'. Narasimham was married in his twelth year with a girl called \'Suramma\'. the entire burden of the family fell on his young shoulders and forced him to earn for their subsistence. Due to his devotion to Lord Shiva he longed to build a temple for Shiva and started writing \"Shiva Koti\" (One Crore names of Lord Shiva). After some time, Narasimham left the native place and started living in Bobbili town where he purchased a house. Narasimham suffered from serious illness in his eighteenth year. As he recouped thereafter he wanted to make a pilgrimage along with his family to the holy shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati on Karthika Suddha Thrayodasi day of Kilaka year. On his way to Tirupati, he bathed in the holy waters of Godavari at Rajahmundry and Krishna at Vijayawada. After receiving the blessings of Goddess Kanaka Durga of Indrakiladri (Vijayawada) he proceeded to Machilipatnam (Krishna District) to see his relative, as per the destiny. By God\'s grace he commenced business at Chilakalapudi (Machilipatnam) and forgot himself in this mundane world earning lots of money for six full years. Narismham was blessed with a son on the day of Suddha Vidiya, Wednesday in Margasira month of Virodhikrit year. The boy was named \'Ramabrahmam\'. As the days were passing on Narasimham, had the second male child called \'Satyanarayana\' on Tuesday, Phalguna Bahula of Pramadhecha year. After six years of stay at Machilipatnam, Narasimham resumed his pilgrimage to Tirupati with his family members via Giddalur and reached Kandimallayapalle to have the Darshan of Pothuluri Veera Brahmendra Swami Math. From there he proceeded via Nandiyal, to Tirupati and had the glorious Darshan of the Lord Sri Venkateswara. After praying the Almighty to his heart\'s content he took leave of Him, and returned back to Chilakalapudi after visiting kalahasti and other sacred places on the way. The daily rituals of Narasimham consisted of reading holy scriptures like Bhagavadgita etc. After reading the Ekadasa Skandha in Bhagavatham wherein a vivid description of the procedures and rituals to be perfomed for God\'s worship was given, Narasimham began to repent that his life was being wasted when it was not utilized in the worship of God and in the service of his devotees. No useful purpose was served in spending the entire energies in the worldly affairs. He used to think that for getting liberation from the \'Samsara Chakra\', the cycle of births and deaths, one should devote himself to the Lord and serve his manifestations. Having developed detachment to life he started idol worship more intensely and performed many festivities. On 28th November 1916, he purchased a plot of land and built a house for his stay. On the day of the opening ceremony of his newly built house, the poor feeding which he thought of on a large scale did not meet with much success. Many of the delicacies were left unutilized. He therefore, decided to perform Annadanam on a large scale on certain other occasion. In the meanwhile, Narasimham was blessed with a third son, named \'Venkataratnam\' on the Bahula Asthami day of Maargasira month in the year \'Kalayukti\'. Narasimham\'s roaring business earned him huge profits and all the wealth so earned was spend in performing religious dees. As his kith and kin did not like the way in which his money was spent, Narasimham distributed his property to them to their satisfaction. He continued his business thereafter also for his livelihood. On 3 April 1925, he purchased a site and wanted to build a choultry therein. Due to the constant reading of Bhakta Vijayam, everyday his mind was totally drawn in great devotion to Lord Panduranga and decided that his long cherished desire of feeding the poor on a large scale should be performed on the full moonday of Karthika Month. Accordingly he printed leaflets and distributed to people giving propogation of his Annadanam. He also sent an invitation to Lord Panduranga, in Pandharpur (Maharashtra State), Wherein he stated the following: \"Lord of the Lords! Lord of Goddess Rukmini, Ruler of the many million worlds (Lokas), the Protector of the Poor. I appeal to Thee, that in this holy place of Chilakalapudi (Machilipatnam). On Karthika Suddha Pournami Day, I intend performing Annadanam to all in your name. I pray that you, with your consorts Radha, Rukmini, Satyabhama and all the devas should bless the occasion and partake of the food in the feeding ceremony. Unless and until you show me a definite indication of your participation on the day, I shall not get up from my seat.\" The pamphlet which was written as above was posted to Pandarinath, the God of Kaliyuga. Then onwards he became as ordent devotee of Lord Panduranga, his mind totally submerged in his prayers and thoughts. He went into raptures and ecstacies of the Lord many a time. The feeding day drew near. The entire day was spent in singing bhajans. Before the scheduled date Narasimham was doing his prayers, bhajans (divine music and Naamasankirtan (Hyms on Lord). The area was lit with lights and camphor was burnt in the worship of the Lord of Pandharpur. Thousands of people came to witness this function. The food with various delicacies was prepared in time and kept ready for serving. Narasimham was rolling on the ground and chanting the name of Panduranga prayed from the bottom of his heart to show one gesture that he was present in the function. People began interpreting the behavior of Naraismham in different ways. As the Sanskrit Sloka says \'Naham Vasami Vykunthe Yoginaam Hrudayevacha, math Bhakta Yatra Gayanthee Thathra Thistame, Narada\' the Lord immediately answered the prayers. Possessing one of the persons who assembled there, the Lord said that He came and lifted Narasimham from the ground by extending his hand. Immediately, Narasimham was delighted and offered naivedya (food) to the Lord. Thereafter the meals were served. As the full moonday in the month of Kartika was a very auspicious day, and the sea being very near, the people, rich and poor, young and old, who came for the sea bath started pouring in thousands and thousands for food, In the circumstances, Narasimham again resumed his vow, and said \'O Lord, Protector of the Poor, Responder to the call, Vittala, this great function cannot be performed by anybody except yourself. You only can do this. This is the time for you to show your love and affection. Kindly carry out his great task. By praying thus he fell on the ground and did not get up till 8 P.M. During that time it was found that a Sadhu, with undescribable divine grace aged 20, sitting near the prayer room of Narasimham, ate meals to his heart\'s content. After completing his meals he drank a cup of ghee and disappeared with the leaf in which meals was served to him. The feeding ceaselessly went on that night upto 9 \'O\"clock and it was acclaimed by one and all. After some time, Narasimham got up from his vow rejoicing and praised the Lord for his boundless mercy showered on him in the following Words. \"O, Father of the Universe! How Could! Describe your boundless mercy. The title of the responder to the call of needy aptly applies only to you and none else. Now it is evident that you are everywhere to keep your vow of helping the people in need. O Lover of the meek: best over of blessings to the surrendered: how much love you show on your children. You are Omnipresent and All Merciful, without a beginning and an end. But still because of your affection on your devotees. You perform such innumerable miraculous deeds. Most merciful one, destroyer of the sins, Lover of the bhaktas (devotees), Oh! Liberator from the mundane bondages, Lord of Lords. When it is impossible even for the creator, Brahma, to assess your greatness where do I count. Vedas have become dumb as they are exhausted in describing you.\" By these and several other ways he praised the Lord. The people were slowly drawn towards the path of devotion and day by day the fame and name of Chilakalapudi spread far and wide. One day night Narasimham had a divine dream in which Goddess of Truth (Dharma Devatha) appeared and told him about the construction of keer Pandhari Kshetram and the self manifestation of Panduranga. As he woke up from the dream, he recalled the utterances of Goddess of Truth and ascribed that this was all due to the result of donation of food (Annadaanam). No charity is greater than offering of food freely and he began to show greater interest in such activities. In the quest for a spiritual Master (Sadguru) he was planning for a pilgrimage to Pandharpur side by side he was planning for the construction of a temple and made an application to the Government for sanction of two acres of land. As a part of his pilgrimage to Pandharpur, Narasimham reached Kasi kshetra on an auspicious day, took his bath in the sacred river Ganges and worshipped Lord Kasi Viswanadha. After intense prayers to Lord Shiva he also had the darshan of Goddesses Annapurna and Visalakshi. Next day on the banks of Ganges in Kedar Ghat he felt divine presence and started dancing with joy while singing \'Gopala Krishna, Radha Krishna\'. Attracted by this a Sadhu joined him and both danced with glee. While the crowd were enjoying this bhajan and were in immense joy, the Sadhu (Monk) disappeared then and there. Narasimham tried to locate the Sadhu but in vain. He praised the Lord for having given to him such rich experiences in the path of devotion. After staying for sometime in Kasi Kshetra he visited Gaya, Prayag and Ayodhya and desired to go to Pandharpur ultimately. But due to the ill health of his father he had to return to Chilakalapudi after having the darshan of Jagannadha Swamy at Puri (Orissa). He was eagerly waiting for the sacred pilgrimage to Pandharpur in Maharashtra. As his mind was totally surrendered to Panduranga, he dreamt one night as follows. Narasimham along with two friends went to Pandari Kshetra. Near the temple entrance there was a coffee hotel and the proprietor invited them inside for a cup of coffee. Narasimham refused to take anything and said that they would not partake of any food without having the darshan of the Lord. While his one friend followed him, his second friend was waiting outside. In the temple mantap a girl approximately of the age of 12 years with golden luster gave darshan to Narasimham and he was told by the Archakas (priests) that she was no other than the Mother of the Universe, Goddess Rukmini. Hearing this he prostrated before the Holy Mother. He requested the temple priests to allow him to have the darshan of Panduranga. He was informed that there was a bay before God: one had to cross over it before he could go to Vittala and have His darshan. People with attachments for money, family and worldly things can have no access to him. They stated that since they were not able to go there, they were performing archans etc. From there itself. He was also asked to go back. Having determined to have the darshan of the God, Narasimham wanted to jump forward. Fearing that Narasimham might fall into the well the other friend waiting outside the temple fled away. The friend who followed him, fearing Narasimham might fall down into the bay pulled him back. The bay appeared dark and quite deep. To see the God there appeared no other way yet Narasimham determined to cross it and see the Lord. While he was struggling to have the darshan of Panduranga, the Merciful Lord, vittala placed his hands on the head of his devotee Narasimham. Thrilled by this, he prostrated before the Lord and prayed. \"O Lord of Lakshmi! Lover of Devotees ! Even if the sky falls down, mountains shake, seven seas dry up, sun and moon lose their course and the entire universe is upset, let me chant your holy name without interruption throughout my life. When one could easily cross the Samsaara Chakra (the cycle of births and deaths) with your grace, what to speak of this bay. This is nothing\". His dream was shaken and he began to recollect the dream. The villagers in Chilakalapudi wanted to make animal sacrifices in a local function. Narasimham pleaded that this should not be resorted to but they paid a deaf ear. As the place where the sacrifices would be made was near to his house, he did not want to see the ghostly acts and went to Sivaganga Temple in Machilipatnam where he prayed \"O Lord on any day you are the only supreme being to uphold Dharma (Duty)\". So praising the Lord he spent the day upto 2 pm and returned home. Once again he had the divine vision of Pandari Kshetra which was as follows. Narasimham entered the temple of Panduranga and attempted to embrace his lotus feet. The Archakas chided him with anger and objected to his touching the Lord Narasimham asked, \"When the holy book, \'Bhakta Vijayam\' said that one could have the darshan of the Lord and embrace his lotus feet why should you object? I came from a long distance and are you right in depriving me of the darshan I need? Kindly permit me to see him.\" But they refused and drove him out. The Lord instantly came out in the shape of a boy and embraced Narasimham. The priests who saw this strange sight were surprised. They felt that they were like frogs not knowing the sweetness of honey in the Lotus, which was by their side. Although they were born and brought up there and served him they remained at a distance to Vittala. Their worship was only as a duty and not with devotion and self surrender. They realized that God would not tolerate any insult to his devotees. They realized their folly. Having experienced the presence of Panduranga again in that divine dream like state of consciousness Narasimham decided to go to Pandharpur. He began his journey accompanied by his father, friends and relatives on a good day, chanting Hari Bhajans, in the year \"Akshaya\". His joy new no bounds when he was on his way to Pandharpur. He reached Pandharpur along with his fellow pilgrims singing the songs and glories on lord Vittala and Pandarikshera. Narasimham after taking bath in the holy river, entered the temple placing his head at the Lotus feet of the Lord of the Universe Sri Panduranga he began to implore O Lord Sri Vittala Pandarinatha. Your Lotus foot is un describable it is the place of solace for these millions of souls in the universe, it fulfils all ambitions and is the base of holy confluences it is the place for Brahma. Rudra and all other Gods to place their hands as you are Para Brahama I surrender myself completely. With the very sight of Thy holy feet all my future births have been liquidated and no more bondages for me your darshan is hard to get. O lord of Gooddess Rukmini Lord of the poor you are unapproachable even to Brahma, Rudra and all others. What to speak of myself? Yet I am blessed with your darshan only you know the illusion created by you. None else can understand and win over it. That being so, I am completely offering myself to you. \"Vibhishana who was afraid of Ravana took shelter and got protection at your feet for the sake of Draupadi you granted unending clothes and protected the Pandavas wife. You readily responded to the call of Elephant King (Gajaraja ) you protected Bhaktha Prahalda by taking the incarnation of Narasimha you did miraculous deeds to protect your countless devotees you only know Thy deeds and others are all mere pawns in this creation \"O Lord ! holy of the Holies, Raghupathi Radhapathi, Vittala, Pandarinatha : have surrendered myself I do not want anything except your Lotus feet. I know not the Vedas. I know not the sanskirt. I know not how to please Thee.I have no desire for any kind of attachment except yourself my lord Panduranga. I shun money fame and children I am not seeking Vaikunta or Salvation which you have kept for your children please accept me as your beloved servant make me your own as the dust of thy lotus feet and let me be purified by the holy dust of the feet of thy devotees. May my head rest for ever and ever at your golden feet\" \"Prabhu vittala if you remain with me in this way my life is nectar-filled and ever blessed. Let my eyes not see anything else other then your Murthy,your Darshan. Lord of this universe let me see you only in this form alone and be not satisfied still. Let me chant thy holy name with my stuttering voice for ever and ever. I should be ever wedded to your lotus feeet. Oh Gaplakrishna O beloved consort of Radha: My holy prostrations to you and you.\" The next day evening Narasimham was observing the devotional Chaturmasa Bhajans being sung in the temple. He found Mahipathi Gunda Maharaj the spiritual preceptor performing Chakri Bhajan ( a type of soul stirring bajan in praise of Panduranga ) with his disciple there. While listening to Chakri Bahjan went into ecstasies. As the tears were dropping down from his eyes, he was rolling down on the ground while chanting God\'s name in big voice. Witnessing this strange behaviors of narasimham, Mahipathi Maharaj invited him to his monastery (Mutt) . Narsimham obeyed his instructions. As the spiritual preceptor is the fountain of spiritual wisdom, Narsimham approached him with all humanity and reverse. After prostrating before Sadguru (Spiritual master) Narasimham explained his entire story to Sri Mahipathi Maharaj. He requested him that there is no safe boat like Guru to cross this ocean of Samsara. After hearing him the spiritual master explained the manner to be followed and the discipline to be observed for the worshp of Lord panduranga. Those who worship Pandarinath wearing of Tulasi beeds and observing Ekadasi Vratha are a must. Visit to Pandarikashetra every year in the month of Ashada is also to be performed and advised him to utter God\'s name incessantly Thus sadguru initiated Narasimham with vittala mantra and offered him the Tulasi beeds. He also promised to give him Mahamantra in his nest visit. Narasimham then discossed about his desire to construct a temple at Chilakalapudi. His guru advised him to construct mutt for the Lord\'s beloved devotees Sree Gnana Deva and Sree Tukaram and by chanting their holy names continuously his ambition would be fulfilled. After staying for some time in the holy pilgrim centre of Pandharpur he took leave of Lord Panduranga, his consorts Radha, Rukmini, Satyabhama, his Guru Mahipathi Maharaj and returned back to chilakalapudi. On 6th March 1927,he began to write 10 million (one crore) names of shri vittala Bhagavan.On 17th august 1927,he constructed a mutt for saints Shri Gnanadevi and Shri Tukaram. In the same year he hoisted the flags of Sri Gnanadev and Sri Tukaram and conducted festival for five days commencing from Dasami(10 th day) to pournami(full moonday) in the month of Kartika. After the completion of the festival on full moonday, Lord Panduranga appeared in his divine dream that night blessed him. Thereafter,Bhajans were being done on an increasing scale to the delight of all. On 18th july 1928 he acquired a plot of land and constructed a choultry (Dharmasala) in the name of Bhakta pundarika. He was offering food free for all the visitors there. In the year Vibhava nama ,Narasimham went to pandarpur as a part of his yearly discipline to be observed. After taking a holy dip in the sacred river chandrabhagha (Bhima river) he took darshan of Lord Panduranga,whose very darshan removes all desires and sins.After praying the Lord to his satisfaction he reached the feet of his Sadguru Mahipathi Maharaj and stated that he came as per his directions.He requested his master to initiate him with the sacred Taraka Mantra. Shri Mahipathi Maharaj delighted very much by his words,initiated him with the holy Sri Vittala Mahamantra on the day of sapthami of (7th day ascending moon) in the month of Ashada.At the request of his disciple ,the master explained commentaries written by Sri Gnaneshwar on Sri Bhagawad gita and those of Shri Eknatha on Bhagavatham.Those works are considered to be the boats for crossing the samsaara(Life). He returned to chilakalapudi ,after serving his spiritual master for some time and worship of Lord Vitobha. As per the direction of his Guru Dev,Narasimham was performing bhajans on every Ekadasi Day.He was donating food freely in the Pundarika Dharmasal Bhaktha Narsimham (Founder of Sri Keera pandari Kshetram) In the year of Vibhava he celebrated the Kartika festival starting from Dasami to Pournami and many people participated in it. Since the place chosen earlier for the construction of the temple was to close to Collector\'s boungalow, Narasimham had to try for some other site and finally acquired it. He dug a tank in the place. He proceeded to his Guru in Pandharpur, explained all that he had done and requested to bless him for the construction of Keera Pandharpur. Shri Mahipathi Maharaj, being delighted by these happenings promised to bless him at the very feet of Lord, since it was a holy and religious affair. Narasimham wished to obtain pebbles from the river chandrabhaga , but it was overflowing with flood waters. It would take atleast 15 days for the waters to recede. As the auspicious occasion for starting the construction of the temple was very near he enagaged boatmen for obtaining the pebbles. They failed in their attempt because of flood waters. Narasimham paid salutations mentally to chandrabhaga in the state of helplessness. Surprisingly a few minutes later the flood waters receded near pundarika\'s temple, located on the banks of the rivers, and a sand dune was visible. Narasimham went to that spot in a boat and most fortunately was able to stumble upon a peculiarly attractive round stone which gleamed like a philosopher\'s stone. The splendour of the stone was undescribable and he was going into ecstasy on seeing the same. Both the master and the disciple made their way into the shrine of sri panduranga vittala, before whose lotus feet the round stone was placed by the master. While they were praying the lord, a ray of light like a lightning flash, emanated from the eyes of panduranga ,and entered the round stone lying at his feet. The master was wonder struck and with rapturous delight blessed his disciple Narasimham. Handing him over the round stone Sadguru said, \'Panduranga\'s grace has now been certainly showered on you and you shall straight away proceed with the construction of Keer Pandhari Kshetram and be instrumental for the emancipation of ever so many mortals. From this time onwards you shall go by the name of Bhaktha Narasimham and blessed him with Rahashya Thrayam (three secrets). The next day he bathed in Chandrabhaga river and after taking leave of his Guru, Bhaktha Narasimham returned back to chilakalapudi. Construction of Sree Keer Pandhari Kshetram On the Dasami Day (10th day of full moon night) of Aswayuja month, Sukla year, Bhaktha Narasimham took his holy bath and did all other oblutions. For the foundation ceremony of Keera Pandhari Kshetram, he implored the help of devotees like Prahalada, Ambarisha and other devotees, Garuda, sages like Sanaka Jeevanmuktas, Braham, Rudra Devatas and other Saints,Gandharwas,river goddesses like Ganga, Yamuna,etc .beloved Gopikas were requested to shower all their blessings for the successful completion of his mission .he implanted golden pedestal in the ground and around it were kept 125 images of great devotees. Over the pedestal he placed the special stone he got from the chandrabhaga river. He placed the pebbles around the Golden pedestal in the name of different devatas, bhaktas and chaste women. The sacred water of Chandrabhaga river and milk were sprinkled over the Golden pedestal.. The onlookers were much delighted . The entire ceremony was performed when the bhajans were sung. He hoisted the flag in Keera Pandhari Kshetram. After praying Gnana Deva, Tukaram and hoisting the flags in their names he took the rest of the sand brought from Chandrabhaga and mixed it in the tank excavated early. He prayed thus; \'O Purifier of world, Chandrabhaga! Those who take dip in you, their sins would be washed away and Lord Vittala would bless them\'. He named those holy waters as Chandrabhagha. While the construction of Keer Pandhari Kshetram was in full swing, there at Pandharpur, Lord Panduranga appeared along with Saints Gnaneshwar and Tukaram before Shri Mahipathi Maharaj in his dream and declared that he would give a public \'Darshan\' for the sake of his disciple in Keer Pandharpur on the Ekadasi Day of the bright for night in the ensuing month of Kartik. Mahipathi Maharaj was thrilled at this and he despatched these glad tidings to his disciple at Chilakalapudi. On hearing this, Bhaktha Narasimham went into ecstasy for he was filled with joy which knew no bounds. On karthika suddha Dasami Day,Bhakta Narasimham installed in the mutt constructed by him, the murthys(idols) of Sree Vittala, Rukkma Bai,Sree Gnana Dev and Sree Tukaram.He prayed Panduranga and also paid glorious tributes to Sri Gnana Dev Maharaj and Sri Thukaram Maharaj. The news of Lord Panduranga giving public darshan leaked out everywhere and thousands of people ,including officials and non-officials,reached chilakalapudi by the scheduled date to see this sublime spectacle.The doors of the Shrine were locked and sealed and a police guard also was kept around the Shrine. Most melodiously and pleasingly bhajans (divine songs) were going on. All those who came to see the spectacle enjoyed. Thus the time went on in the morning until the clock struck 9 a.m. So far the splendid exciting darshan of God was like a mirage. Bhaktha Narasimham was getting panicky becoming restless. Bhakta Narasimham,at this juncture, entered first the shrine of Lord Hanuman and prayed fervently before the image. Lord Hanuman appeared in a vision and told him that if Lord Panduranga did not give His darshan as scheduled, he would bring the entire Pandharpur and establish it in Keer Pandharpur. Saying this he disappeared. Bhakta Narasimham went to vittala mandir and began to pray him. Because of the delay he lost his mind and what he dreamt at Pandharpur was becoming untrue. All the assurance of Dharma Devata (Goddess of Truth ) were becoming a myth. The promise given to Narada was turning out to be false. In this condition, he felt that no purpose was served in living this way. He appealed to Lord Panduranga very emphatically that he was then going to Sri Gnana Deva Tukaram mandir and by the time he returned , after offering his pranams to them. If Panduranga did not appear he would be forced to break his head at the threshold of the temple . Then Bhakta Narasimham made his way to Sri Gnaneshwar and Sri Tukarams\'mutt and prayed earnestly before them for the darshan of Sri Vittala. Gnaneshwar and Tukaram also appeared in his vision and consoled him that very soon he would have the Lord\'s darshan. To his heart\'s content. Sri Gnaneshwar was in meditation and Tukaram was singing bhajans. It looked as if their meditation and songs were reaching Pandarinath. A minute appeared like a yuga to Bhaktha Narasimham.When he reached the temple shrine the people around the shrine were making Bhajans and Naama Sankirthans. He also took a Tambura (a stringed musical instrument) and Chiratalu (wooden cymbals) and began to make Bhajans very imploringly. Standing at the door steps of the sanctum sanctorum he began to utter some of the words as they were flowing from his heart. He prayed \"Prabhu Pandarinatha, O Panduranga, I have surrended to you Prabhu. Save me .I am an ignorant one. I am unable to understand your great deeds and I am under the spell of your leela (play) . I am more attached to worthless things of the world and so remained away from you. Because of illusion I know not what is to be done and what not to be done. I have forgotten you. Lord of the Lords! As you are the fountain of Ocean of Love and Affection, protect me.\" \" I am surrendering to you. I am your humble servant. It is your bounden duty to give me protection (ABHAYA) . I have nothing in my hands. I am at present weak and meek. Lord of the meek ! Remover of sins, who else is there to protect me other than yourself ? I take everthing as your will. I surrender myself into thy protecting hands. Everything happens by your will. I am Thine . All is Thine, They will be done, my Lord. This is my Saranagati, Lord Vittala. Knowing my helplessness I pray that you take me to your fold, Lotus Feet. O Lord I don,t wish for any name and fame in this, or the other world. As the dust of Thy feet I have experienced ecstancies. Please give me the strength to sing Thy name always with all the power and energy. Any number of births. I may take, let me not forget you whether I am sleeping and in slumber. Where ever I am born let me not forget your lotus feet. Let my head always be consecrated with the holy dust of Thy Lotus Feet and the dust of thy devotees\' feet.O,lord of Lords,Panduranga my life is on the wane and I am slowly losing courage.there is no better time as this to save me .if the statement that you are the form fountain of mercy is true please listen to my prayers and protect me, Bless me with the sight of your glorious and merge me unto your Lotus Feet. O, Lord of Life, Lord Pandurange, without your full grace, it is not possible to have your darshan. However much one may do penance, offer yagnas, do charities, undertake piligrimages throughout the life and dips in holy rivers, it is beyond one\'s comprehension to obtain a drop from the ocean of your mercy and love, Only when your love showers on people, the troubles and miseries shall vanish for ever and ever and your identity will be revealed. O, Lord of Rukmini, Lover, give me your darshan. My sorrow is increasing without bounds. I cannot withstand any more the test of yours. I cannot bear separation any longer from you. This body is burning due to separation from you. . The medicine for this is only your darshan. O, Dayasagara, Deenabandhu, Arthatrana parayana, you have taken incarnations several times for the sake of your Bhakthas (devotees). For the meek, low and the needy you give shelter. Save your bhaktha.\" \"I don\'t have the desire for knowledge, wisdom, property, children, followers, heaven, etc. I am not requesting you to make me a Jnaani or a Saint or Mahatma. Your liberation, your other world, your eightfold siddis are not required by me. Please send your grace at once and give me peace. If you don\'t do it my life will come to and end. Lord of Lakshmi, Aasritha Bhaktavastala, Sharangatha Kalpadruma, Son of Dasaradha, Lord of Janaki, Radha\'s delight, Govinda –save me\". At this moment, a sound was heard form within the sealed shrine. It was 10\'O clock in the morning. The officials came forward, the seales were broken and the key was turned, Strangely, the doors could not be opened Bhakta Narasimham rushed to the door way of the shrine and beseeched Panduranga that in case he did not give His Darshan, as promised, forthwith, he would dash his head against the Lord Door –steps and die. At that time pandharinath with his lusturous kalyana qualities was installed by Sri Gnanadev and Sri Tukaram, while Narada prostrated at the feet of Pandharinath. The Lord said to Narada, \' I have fulfilled my promise given to you earlier. I shall be giving darshan to my Bhaktas\' Saying this he resolved that the doors of the sanctum sanctorum be opened. Bhakta Narasimham came near the door and prayed. \"O ! Pranesa, Bhagwan. You are always attracted by the love of your Bhaktas and gave darshan to them Many times you have run to protect your bhaktas. O ! Bhavapriya, Bhagawan Vittala, I pay my salutations and prostrations to Thee.\" \"Radha Ramana, to love you is our merit. Your are naturally kind hearted. With the slightest voice of prayers of your devotees you come to save them. In this matter you have proved beyond any shadow of doubt in the cases of Draupadhi, Dhruva, Gajendra and jatayu, You begged prahalda for being late and felt sorry as he was undergoing a lot of torture in the meantime. You do not forget your devotees. You remember always those who think of you. Devotees\' joy is your joy. The veil of Maaya is hiding me from you. Lift the veil, my Panduranga.\'\' Suddenly, the doors of the shrine swang back on their own accord. Luminous rays emanated from inside the shrine room and a celestial light shot up amidst luminous smoke. After these had subsided a lovely image of Lord Pandurgang Vittala suddenlty came into the view in the shrine room and gave a sublime darshan to all the persons present there. To describe the beauty and grace of that Murthi, is beyond one\'s comprehesinon. The unbounded happiness the Murthi created in the mind of Bhakta Narsimham is undescribable . Such a rare spectacle of the Lord is difficult to narrate. All those who were present there enjoyed Panduranga\'s darshan. Their lives are purified. Nowhere in the recent past we heard such a happening .Thus the idol existing now in keerPandharpur, Panduranga Devasthanam, is not an idol installed by any human hand: the Murthi was self-implanted by the Lord himself. Shri Bhaktha Narasimham was ever keen on impressing everybody, that go to him, with the Naama Mahima. All his time was spent in the contemplation of the self and in chanting the name, singing of glories of God. Thus while Shri Panduranga, the Lord, inspires the visitors with a devotion, the presence of his dearest devotee, Bhaktha Narasimham in the temple precincts instilled in them the spirit of renunciation and whole time selfdedication and service unto God, the Lord Panduranga Association with sages, saints and devotees is difficult to obtain. They are inaccessible. Our association with them is unfailing in its results. To receive initiation of Bhagavan Name from a Guru is a great blessing and it is the volition of God. Guru is God. God alone appears as a Guru. The Guru will appear only through the Lord\'s prayer. The life of Sri Bhaktha Narasimham was a long prayer. His life was a continous yajna, sacrifice to God. Although Sri Bhaktha Narasimham left this mortal coil in 1974, he is more alive today than ever before. SRI PANDURANGASHTAKAM Mahaayogapeetehthate Bheemaradya, Varampundareeekaaya Daatum Muneemdi. Samaagtyathishtama maananda kandam. Parabrahmalingam Bhaje Paundurangam. Thatidwasasam neelameghavabhasam Ramaamandiram sundaram chithprakasam, Varamthiwishtikaayam samanysthapaada, Parabhrahmalingam bhaje Pandurangam. Pramaanam bhavabderdam maamakaanaam, Nithambhahkaraaabhyam dhrutooyeenathasmath, Vidhaathurya Satvyrdhrutho Naabhikoosaha Parabrahmalingam bhaje Pandurangam. Spuratkastubhaalamkrutamkanthadesee, Sriyajushta Keyuurakam Srinivasam sivam santam Meedyam varam lokapaalam, Parabhramalingam bhaje Pandurangam. Saraschanda bhimbaanam chaaruhaasam, Lasatkundalaakrantha gandasthalaamgam, Japaaraagaa bimbadhrramkanjanetram, Parabrahmalingam bhaje Pandurangam. Kireetojwalastarvadik praatibhaagm Surairachitam divyarathnairanarghai Thirbhangaakruthimbarha maalyavathmsam, Parabhrahmalinga bhaje Pandurangam. Vibhumvenunadham charamtam duramtam, Swayamamleelaaya gopavesham dadhaanam, Gavam brundakaanandham chaaruhaasam, Parabhramalingam bhaje Pandurangam.


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Amaravathi temple

Amaravati Amareswara Temple, Amaravati near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple enshrines a 15 feet high white marble lingam and is surrounded by massive walls. Amaravati Amareswara TempleLocation: Amaravati near Vijayawada Deity: Amareswara (Shiva) Legend: According to Skanda Purana tells the story of the temple. The Sthalapurana for the temple tells an interesting story. At the end of Dwaparayuga 5053 years ago, Maharshi Narada was asked by the Sounakadi rishis as to the best means to obtain liberation. Narada told them that as Lord Krishna had created the river Krishna, so had he advised the rishis to live near the river and bath in its holy water to attain salvation. If a devotee remains in this area for more than three days and worships Lord Amareswara with devotion after a dip in the holy river he will attain the Sivaloka. If a devotee dies here, he will be absorbed into Lord Siva. There are many more legends from the Kshetra Mahatmyam and the Kshetramurthy Mahatmyam. Once there was a town called Dhanyakatakam or Varanasi. The legend says the demons defeated the gods after being awarded a boon by Lord Siva. Shiva vowed to kill the demons and hence the gods came to reside here and since then the place came to be called Amaravati. The Lord Amareswara is worshipped here with his consort Bala Chamundika who is considered as the fourth of the 18 goddesses. There are other minor deities in the temple. Amaravati – Shivalingam This ancient temple is dedicated to Shiva and enshrines a 15 feet high white marble lingam and is surrounded by massive walls with towers. The temple stands close to the Krishna River. The origin is shrouded in mystery, though there are many legends in the Puranas. The temple is surrounded on four sides by towering gopuras in Dravidian style. The vimana is also in the same style. Legend says that the temple was originally Buddhist and was adapted for Hindu worship. Hence the foundations are laid in Buddhist style. The mula virat in the sanctum one can still find a white marble lotus medallion made in ornate style of the early Buddhist sculptors. The mula virat is a vertical cylinder made of white marble as found in Buddhist monuments. The linga is 15 feet tall, another legend states that this was originally the Ayaka Stambha or an Ayaka pillar, and which was later consecrated as a symbol of the Sivalinga. The temple is a perfect example of the Dravid style. The gopuras came into prominence only during medieval times and no stone epigraph is found before the 11th century suggesting its late origin. There is a wealth of inscription on its walls by Kota chiefs of Amaravati, and one by Krishandevaraya on the erection of a mantapam here. On a pillar in the Mukhamantapa the wife of Proli Nayudu, dependent of Koppara Kesanivarma, has left an inscription. Festivals: The main festivals here are Mahashivratri, which comes in the Magha Bahula Dasami and the Navaratri and the Kalyana Utsavas. Getting There Amaravati can be reached either by bus from Guntur or by steam launch from Vijayawada across the river Krishna.


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Malleswara swamy temple Vijayawada

Malleswaraswamy Temple, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva as Malleswara or Jayasena and the idol was installed by Yudhisthira. Malleswaraswamy Temple Location: Vijayawada Vijayawada contains three ancient temples – the Kanaka Durga temple, the Malleswaraswamy temple and Vijayeswaraswami temple. Deity: Lord Shiva The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva as Malleswara or Jayasena. The origin or installation of Kanaka – Durga Devi at Vijayawada is unknown. She is said to be Swayambu or self manifest. She is manifest as Chandi or destroyer of the demon Durgama. Legend: Mallikarjuna or Malleswara idol was installed by Yudhishthira as a token of their victory over the South. Thribhuvana Malla the western Chalukya king is said to have constructed the temple in the 10th century. Vijayawada is known in mythology as Vijayavata, and is mentioned in some inscriptions as Rajendracholapura also. It is a famous place of pilgrimage on the Krishna River. Architecture: Vijayawada is surrounded by many hillocks and the most important is Seethanagaram, while the less important one is called Kanakadurga or Kanaka konda. On the southern side of the Kanakadurga temple, is a hillock with sculptures with inscriptions giving the names of Gods and Goddesses. Most of these are forms of Durga. One hill is called Indrakila, as mentioned in the Mahabharata where the Arjuna obtained from Lord Siva Pasupatastra. The shrine represents many other events of the Mahabharata commemorated in sculpture. On the Indrakila there are several rock-cut temples. These are ancient temples, but were completely buried till discovered while constructing a road. The temple is an excellent example of stone sculpture for it contains on its four faces the story of Kiratarjuneeyam.


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Tripurantakam

Tripurantakam is a village and mandal in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Tripurantakam is located at a distance of 40 km from its nearest towns Markapur & Vinukonda, 93 km from Ongole and around 150 km from Vijayawada. It is on Guntur – Srisailam route. A famous temple dedicated to Sri Tripurantakeswara Swamy is located here.The temple is on the top of a hill. It is considered to be the Eastern gateway to the famous Srisailam temple. Goddess Sri Bala Tripura Sundari is located down the hill, in the midst of a tank [ cheruvu]. Goddess Sri Bala Tripura Sundari deity & her temple complex here lies in the middle of water when the Tripurantakam tank is full or half full. A Srichakram is present here. There is a legend about the temple of Tripurantakam. Lord Shiva killed demons called Thripurasuras with the help of Goddess Sri Bala Tripura Sundari at this place. Shivaratri & Navaratri festivals are very famous here with people from the surrounding districts visiting this temple. All buses running between Vijayawada-Kurnool, Vijayawada – Kadapa, Tenali – Erragondapalem, Guntur – srisailam travel via Tripurantakam. There is a secret underground passage to srisailam from the temple premises. Below the hill in a pond there is a temple called Bala Thripura Sundari devi. Tripurantaka Bala Tripurasundari Devi (swayambhu) is the first incarnation of Adiparasakthi. Here she is in the form of a little Girl. she helped Lord shiva in destruction of Tripuras and Tripurasuras. Tripuranthakam is considered as eastern gateway of Srisailam. This was developed by Chalukyan kings in 11th century, and is evident in the inscriptions found at the temple. On either sides of sanctum sanctorum we find the sculptures of Bhadra and Anubhadra carved on the wall. On the northern side of the temple, there is an opening, which is believed to be a tunnel to Srisailam. There is also a temple for Veerabhadreshwara but unfortunately the head of the idol was destroyed by religious fanatics long ago. Bala Tripurasundari temple is located downhill about 2 kms away from Tripurantakeshwara temple. Devi temple is located amidst a tank and during rainy days, temple is surrounded by water. The sanctum sanctorum of Bala Tripurasundari is slightly under ground and the local priest says that on the back of devi’s idol, Beeja mantra (seed syllable) is engraved. Since public are not allowed in the sanctum, we will have to depend on the words of the priest. The temple also has a Sri Chakra in the Sanctum. In the temple passage, there are plenty of excavated statues of Goddess Chinnamasta and other yoginis. Local priest and also people offer worship to these idols regularly.


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Mopidevi subramanya swamy temple

According to holy texts, Vindhya Mountain, at one time became overconfident of its strength and began to grow upwards. It went up to the planet Ravi. With this, darkness surmounted all over and all mortals and immortals including every flora and fauna suffered in darkness.Gods prayed to Sage Agasthya to somehow humble the Vindhya Mountain. Sage Agasthya is known to have attained divine powers through severe penance. He was staying in Varanasi at that time. He, accepted the request of Devas, Sage Agasthya started towards the mountain Vindhya from Northern India. Vidhya Mountain is the boarder between North India and South India. Knowing in advance about the arrival of Sage Agasthya, the Vindhya Mountain humbled himself to the lowest level so as to give way to the sage. While crossing the Vindhya Mountain, Sage Agasthya has taken promise from Vindhyaa to be in humbled state till he returns from his tour of Southern India. But the sage did not return. He settled in South India. Waiting for ages together, Vidhya Mountain remained humbled even today. Sage Agasthya along with his retinue had the occasion to pass through the place, where Lord Subrahmanyeswara did severe penance. He identified the place and said that this area is covered by Tigers and from here if we go towards the Eastern direction, one can find the divine temple of Lord Kumaraswamy known as Subrahmanyeswara. By visiting this temple with devotion, one can get earning all through the life and also attain salvation. It is pertinent to note that the presiding deity of Vijayawada Kanaka Durga rides on Tiger. Lord Subrahmanyeswara is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. While Lord Subrahmanyeswara was in her womb, Goddess Parvathi could not bear the power of the foetus and hence transferred the same to Ganga Devi. Ganga also could not bear the power of the foetus and hence the foetus slipped into the reed grass. Six female minor deities called Krittika took care of the embryo. Imbibing the strengths of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, Lord Subrahmanyeswara was born in the the month of Margasiramasam on Shashti day of waxing Moon with six heads, twelve hands, lot of brilliance, luster and the radiance of Sun. Devotees specially worship Lord Subrahmanyeswara on the days of Ashada Sukla Panchami, Naga Panchami, Nagaula Chaviti and Shashti.


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Kotappakonda Trikoteswara Swamy Temple

Kotappakonda Trikoteswara Swamy Temple present on the holy hill Kotappakonda is located 13 km south-west of Narasaraopet city, Guntur is attracting many pilgrims throughout the year. The primary deity of this temple is Lord Shiva and is worshipped here as Sri Trikoteswara Swamy. The temple got its name from the three hills named after Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. Kotappakonda Tirunallu (festival) is celebrated at a grand scale in this temple and lakhs of devotees participate with great enthusiasm in this event Temple Timings: Morning: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM Evening: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM How to Reach: Kotappakonda temple can be easily reached from Guntur (60 km), Chilakaluripet (21.5 km), Narasaraopet (19.1 km) and Vijayawada (98.9 km). Contact Information: Sri Trikoteswara Swamy Temple Narasaraopet Mandal Kotappakonda Guntur District Andhra Pradesh Pincode: 522601


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Mangalagiri Temple

Mangalagiri (The Auspicious Hill) is one of the famous temples of Lord Vishnu in India. The primary deity of Mangalagiri temple is Lord Narasimha Swamy (Incarnation of Lord Vishnu). There are three Lord Narasimha Swamy temples present in Mangalagiri. Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple present on the hill Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple present at the foot of the hill Gandala Narasimha Swamy present at the top of the hill (Where devotees can lit the deepam) Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is present on a dormant Volcanic hill. The main idol of Panakala Narasimha Swamy has a wide open mouth through which the priests pour the sacred Jaggery water called as Panakam. Devotee believe that this Jaggery water keeps the hill in a dormant stage and prevents Volcanic eruption. Temple Timings: Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Morning: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Morning: 5:00 AM to 12:30 PM Evening: 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM How to Reach: Mangalagiri temple can be easily reached from Vijayawada (15.1 km), Guntur(28.5 km) and other major cities of India. Contact Information: Mangalagiri Temple Main Bazar Rd Kothapet Mangalagiri Guntur District Andhra Pradesh Pincode: 522503


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Anantha Padmanabha Swamy

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

The Undavalli Caves, a monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture and one of the finest testimonials to ancient vishwakarma sthapathis, are located in the village of Undavalli in Tadepalle Mandal in the Guntur District, and near the southern bank of the Krishna River in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The caves are located 6 km south west from Vijayawada, 22 km north east of Guntur City of Andhra Pradesh. 

Location
Undavalli Caves,Guntur. 
Temple Tim 06.00 am to 08:00 pm.


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Bhavanarayanaswami

Bhavanarayanaswami temple 

49 km from guntur,Bhavanarayanaswami temple at Bapatla is dedicated to Lord Bhavanarayana swamy,who came to be known as Bapaltla with time. It is the most ancient and famous temples of all the temples in Guntur District and is of immense historical and architectural importance. One of the oldest temples in Guntur District. It?s Gopuram was built from a single rock. It is beleived to be 1500 year old, and some of the inscriptions on the wall are in Telugu script which was still evolving at that time. Chariot festival in summer used to be lot of fun and common people can participate by pulling the Lord?s Chariot up to Anjaneyaswamy temple and back. It is still a fact that many people(saints, seekers, sadhakas, devotees and common people) feel some unknown power, calmness, peace in the temple. This temple is said to belong to Mauryan period and the presiding deity is Bhavanarayanaswami. The temple is well connected by rail/bus routes and lies on the Madras-Calcutta Line. The name of the town Baptala derives its name from the presiding deity of this temple, Bhavanarayana Swami. The Baptla town was also called Bhavapuri during the time of Mauryan Empire Amaravati is situated twenty miles northwest of Guntur and is connected with it by a high-quality motorable road. At Amaravati, there is a Public Works Department Travelers Bungalow, some choultries and sheds for pilgrims' stay. 

Location
Bhavanarayanaswami temple ,Bapatla,49km From Guntur,Andhrapradesh. 
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 08:00 pm.
How to Reach
To reach the place by Air the nearest airport is Vijayawada (82 km). By Rail the nearest railheads are Guntur and Vijayawada. A good network of connect Guntur to Amaravati. By Road Amaravati is situated 20 miles northwest of Guntur and is connected by a good motorable road. Local Transportation : Taxis and buses are available from Guntur


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Laxmi Padmavathi Sametha Venkateswara Swamy Temple

This temple is located on the Bus Route leading from Tenali to Ponnur. Just 2 K.ms. from Tenali Bus Station and 2 K.Ms. from Tenali Railway Junction. Train which goes to Repalle from Tenali. It is learnt that the Founder Late Sri Thulluru Balanarasimha Rao Gowda has got a sweet dream in which he has received a message a 'Snake God' Nagaraju with directions that he should take steps for the construction of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in a place located to the southern side of the Repalle to Guntur Railway Line and on the side of Nizampatnam Canal i.e., the place indicated by Snake God Nagaraju. It is sufficiently having adequate space for future developments. The snake God Nagaraju was also installed in a corner place of that locality. On hearing this message Sri Thulluru Bala Narasimha Rao Gowda has taken a strong decision to dedicate that area where Snake God Nagaraju resides for the construction of a beautiful temple to Sri Venkateswara Swamy and he has relinquished all his rights over that land. Afterwards he has taken all strenuous steps to collect donations from some philanthropic minded donars. Besides that he also contributed his own share of money and utilized the same for the construction of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple which is now called as Sri Lakshmi Padmavathi Sametha Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Vykuntapuram. Thus the temple premises or the locality of the temple has been developed in the year 1961. During the year 1972 the pratista of the Deities has been performed in accordance with the Vykhanasa Agama. From that day onwards the importance of the temple has become popular and people from all parts of the used to go over and pay their votive offerings since their objects are being fulfilled by Lord Venkateswara. Seing the importance of the temple the Endowments Department has taken over the temple during the year 1973, when the temple income was about Rs.50,000/- per annum. Now, devotees are coming not only from Guntur District but also from all parts of Andhra Pradesh. Now, the income of the temple has come to Rs.62.00 Lakhs per year. There is a brilliant scope for developing this temple with the offerings and Kanukas of the pilgrim worshippers. The flow of the pilgrims to this temple is increasing from day to day. There is a vast space in this temple for performance of marriages. There are occasions when nearly Two to Three hundred marriages at a time during the auspicious month of Maghamasam and Vysakhamasam. There is a another practice observed by the pilgrims offering Kesakandana. There is another practice offering Pongali Nivedana to Snake God Nagaraja on every saturday. During the month of Kartheekamasam number of devotees will come and perform Naga Pooja on Naga Chaturdasi day. This shown the staunch belief of devotees about Nagaraja. Now, the status of the temple has attracted the appointment of an Assistant Commissioner, who is in Gazetted rank. This temple is not endowed with any landed proprieties. The income is entirely depending upon the offerings received from the devotees by way of Kanukas, performance of Archanas, performance of Marriages and Hundial collections. The temple is going from strength to strength gradually and the management has taken up many imposing and attractive constructions for providing required amenities for the visiting piligrims. This is a temple which is developing at a speady way for the benefit of the visiting piligrim public. There are many cases who have got ?eyes' due to the performance of Pradakshinam's around the Nagendra Swamy putta for about 40 days continuously. Further, there are cases who got children by the grace of Venkateswara Swamy on performance of pradakshinams and sleeping during nights in the temple premises for continuously period of 40 days. Similarly there are cases who are dumb and nute are able to talk and here after performance of pradakshinams to Lord Venkateswara and Nagendra Swamy and also after offering milk to Nagendra Swamy. There many people benefited with the blessings of Lord Nagendra Swamy and Lord Venkateswara Swamy after offering their votive offerings. There are many instances which we are not able to express the benefits availed by the devotees after performing their dedications to Lord Venkateswara and Nagendra Swamy. During sravanamasam there is a practive of performing Varalaxmi Vratham and practice of offering Blouse pieces to devotees. 
Location
Tenali,Guntur,Andhrapradesh. 
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 08:00 pm.
How to Reach
It is accessible by bus or trains from - Vijayawada or Guntur easily.


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Panakala Narasimha Swamy

Mangalagiri means The Auspicious Hill. This place is one of the 8 important Mahakshetrams (sacred places) in India. The eight places where Lord Vishnu manifested himself are (1) Sri Rangam (2) Srimushnam (3) Naimisam (4) Pushkaram (5) Salagamadri (6) Thothadri (7) Narayanasramam (8) Venkatadri. Thotadri is the present Mangalagiri. Lakshmi Devi has donetapas on this hill. That's why it got this name (The auspicious hill). There are three Narasimha Swamy temples in Mangalagiri. One is Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill. Another one is Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the temple. Third one is Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill. This shape of the hill looks like an elephant. From all the directions, the hill appears in the elephant shape only. There is an interesting legend to show as to how the mountain came into existence. Pariyatra, an ancient king had a son Hrasva Srungi visited all holy and sacred places to regain normal bodily stature and finally visited this holy place of Mangalagiri and stayed for three years performing penance. All the Devathas (Gods) advised him to stay at Mangalagiri and continue to do penance in praise of Lord Vishnu. The father of Hrasva Srungi came with his retinue to take back his son to his kingdom. But Hrasva Srungi took the shape of an elephant to become the abode of Lord Vishnu who is locally known as Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy. The temple of Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy is situated on the hill. On the right side of the steps provided to reach the temple, there is a stone inscription by Sri Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar and a little further up, the foot prints of Mahaprabhu Chaitanya are to be seen. Midway on the steps there is a temple of Lord Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy there is only the face with the mouth widely opened. A dhwajasthambham was erected in front of the temple in 1955. Behind the temple there is the temple of Sri Lakshmi, to the west of which there is a tunnel which is believed to lead to Vundavalli caves on the banks of the Krishna. The stone inscription of the kings of Vijayanagar relate besides to the conquest of Rayalu over Kondapalli etc., that Siddhiraju Thimmarajayya Devara granted a total of 200 kunchams (10 kunchams make one acre) land in 28 villages of which Mangalagiri was one and gift of 40 kunchams by China Thirumalayya to Ramanujakutam. The steps to the temple were constructed by Sri Channapragada Balaramadasu in 1890. There was a cave next the devi temple on the hill. It is said that, there is a way to Vundavalli from that cave, and the sages used to go by that way to take bath in Krishna River. Now, the cave is very dark, and the way could not be seen. Panakala Narasimha Swamy - God Who Drinks Panakam It is said that here, god is self-existent. In the temple, there will be no statue of the god, but there is only mouth, widely opened to 15 cms. The mouth is covered by metal face of the god. The temple will be opened till afternoon only, with the belief that devatas will perform pujas in the night. The God takes jaggery water as offering by a conch. The Jaggery water is actually poured into the mouth of the Lord, a gargling sound is clearly audible as if the Lord is actually drinking it and the sound becomes shriller and shriller as and when the Lord is drinking. The sound will come to a stop after sometime and the balance of the jaggery water is thrown out. This phenomenon happens not once in a day but is a recurring feature during the course of the day as and when devotees offer panakam (jaggery water). It will be interesting to note that even a single ant is not traceable near the Lord nor around the temple in spite of the offering of so much jaggery water. As the offering of the panakam to the Lord is peculiar, the Lord here is called panakala Narasimhaswamy. There is a legend about the offering of the panakam (jaggery water) to the Lord. It is said that the hill was once a volcano. Sugar or jaggery water, it is said, neutralizes sulphur compounds found in a volcano and prevents a volcanic eruption. Behind the temple there is the temple of Sri Lakshmi, to the west of which there is a natural cave. It is believed that it will lead to Undavalli caves on the banks of the Krishna river and the sages used to go to take bath in Krishna River. Now, the cave is very dark and the way could not be seen. We can reach the temple through steps-way on foot and also by road-way. The steps to the temple were constructed by Sri Channapragada Balarama Dasu in 1890. In 2004, ghat road had been constructed through which the pilgrims can reach the temple easily. Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple At the foot of the hill, there is another temple whose origin is traced to the time of Yudhishtira, the eldest of the pandavas. Yudhishtira is said to be the founder of the chief image of this temple and the deity here is called Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. In Vijayawada itself, which is 8 miles from Mangalagiri there is a hill called Indrakeeladri in which Arjuna is said to have done tapascharya (penance) in order to obtain the weapon Pasupata from Lord Siva. About 200 years back Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu who ruled from Amaravati as his capital constructed a stupendous gopuram (tower) on the eastern gate of the Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy. It is one of the highest gopurams in South India and only one of its type in this part of India. It is 153ft. in height and 49 feet wide with 11 storeys, and gates facing east and west. This great and imposing tower dwarfs the central shrine. The devoted patience of thousands of skilled craftsmen and the labour of many more apprentices which had gone into this great structure is a testimony to the religious fervour which characterized the builder. After constructing the gopuram, it was leaning towards one direction. The Kancheepuram Architects suggested to dig a tank opposite to the tower. After digging the tank, it is said that, the tower became straight. 

Location
Mangalagiri ,Near Guntur,Andhrapradesh. 
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 08:00 pm.
How to Reach
Location of ponnur on is the highway of Guntur-Vijayawada.
 


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Location
Pedda Kakani ,Near Guntur,Andhrapradesh. 
Temple Timings
06.00 am to 08:00 pm.
How to Reach
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Location
Sri Kalahasteeswara Swamy Vari Devasthanams, Sri Kalahasti, Chittor District, Andhra Pradesh-517644 
Temple Timings
Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
How to Reach
Distance : 36 kms from Tirupati RTC Bus stand 36.5 kms from Tirupati Railway station


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