Sunday, 16 August 2015

Yadagirigutta Sri Laskhmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Yadagirigutta

Yadagirigutta Sri Laskhmi Narasimha Swamy Temple:

Yadagirigutta Temple is the abode of Sri Laskhmi Narasimha Swamy. The main deity of the temple is the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu. The origin of the Temple is mentioned in the Skanda Puranam, one of the 18 Puranas.

The Temple is located at a distance of 60KM from the Hyderabad city, capital of Andhrapradesh. The temple town is in Nalgonda District, Andhrapradesh, India.
The Yadagirigutta Temple is kind of popular and is busy during the year with completely different events of the God. The annual brahmotsavam is held in the month of  March, it includes Yedurkolu, The Celestial Wedding and Divya Vimana Rathotsavam. The birthday of Lord Narasimha is celebrated on 28 April per annum.

The temple sits regally on top of the Ralgiri Hill. The temple’s uniqueness comes from its sanctum sanctorum, which rests inside a cave, located under a massive rock. According to legends, a prince named Yadava, who was a devout believer of Lord Vishnu, prayed here ardently so that he would get a divine view of the Lord. The Lord was pleased with his prayers and worship and made a appearance. When this happened, the Yadava begged with the Lord to permanently reside on the hill, thus giving the hill its name, Yadagiri.
In Ancient days Sri Yada Maharshi son of Sri Rushyashrunga Maharshi with the Blessings of Anjaneya Swamy had performed great penance for Lord Narasimha Swamy. After securing blessing for his penance Lord Narasimha had come into existence in Five Avatharas called as Sri Jwala Narasimha, Sri Yogananda Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Gandaberunda Narasimha, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha.
As such this is known as “Pancha Narasimha Kshetram”. The devotees who worship this deity with devotion, the problems faced by them in regarding their “Graha”, the difficulties through evil spirits and their all mental problems are being cured by the God & Godess. All the difficulties faced by the devotees are being cured through herbal medicines like fruits, flowers and Tulasi Teertham. The devotees who believe the Lord.

About Temple:-

Sri Maha Vishnu Came from out of the pillar as per the desire of Bhakta Prahladha and killed Hiranya Kashyapa,who is father of Prahladha,who is beloved devotee of Maha Vishnu

In Ancient days Sri Yada Maharshi son of Sri Rushyashrunga Maharshi with the Blessings of Anjaneya Swamy had performed great penance for Lord Narasimha Swamy. After securing blessing for his penance Lord Narasimha had come into existence in Five Avatharas called as Sri Jwala Narasimha, Sri Yogananda Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Gandaberunda Narasimha, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. As such this is known as “Pancha Narasimha Kshetram”. The devotees who worship this deity with devotion, the problems faced by them in regarding their “Graha”, the difficulties through evil spirits and their all mental problems are being cured by the God & Godess. All the difficulties faced by the devotees are being cured through herbal medicines like fruits, flowers and Tulasi Teertham. The devotees who believe the Lord. He is appearing to them in their dreams and conducting operations also.


Significance:-

Yadagirigutta is a census town in Nalgonda district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
In Tretayugam, there lived a sage by the name of Yadarishi, son of the great sage Rishyasrunga and Santa Devi who did penance inside a cave with the blessings of Anjaneya (Hanuman) on this hill between Bhongir (Bhuvanagiri) and Raigiri (Now in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, India). Pleased with his deep devotion, Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared before him in five different forms as Jwala, Yogananda, Gandabherunda, Ugra and Lakshminarasimha. They later manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms that later came to be worshiped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram.

There are Purana and traditional accounts of this Shrine, which are widely popular among the devotees. There is mention about the origin of this temple in the Skanda Purana, one of the famous 18 puranas

Another Legend also has it that Sriman Narayana, pleased with YadaRushi penance, sent Sri Anjaneya to direct the rishi to a holy spot, where the Lord appeared to him in the form of Sri LakshmiNarasimha. This spot is marked by a temple located at the foot of the Yadagiri hillock, and is located about 500 meters from the present temple. There the sage worshiped the Lord for many years.

After Yadarishi attained moksha, a number of tribals, Knowing of the Lord’s presence, came to worship Him at this temple. But, not being very learned, these devotees began to engage in improper worship. Because of this, Sri LakshmiNarasimha moved into to the hills. The tribals searched for many years to find their Lord, to no avail.

After many years had passed, the Lord appeared in the dream of a devout lady among the tribe, directing her to a large cavern wherein He revealed Himself to all as five majestic Avatars.The Aradhanam and Puja in this temple are performed according to Pancharatra Agamam. The puja vidhanam (Worship procedure) was set by Late Sri Vangeepuram Narasimhacharyulu who composed Yadagiri Suprabhatam, Prapatti, Stotram, Mangalashasanam and served as Sthanacharya of this temple.

As the legend goes, the Lord appeared first as Jwala Narasimha (Lord as a flame), when Yadarishi was unable to face the intensity of this apparition, he appeared in a peaceful form as Yoganarasimha (Lord in a Yogic Padmasana posture with open palms on the knees). Not satisfied with the Lord appearing alone, Yadarishi sought to see him with this consort, so Lord is said to have appeared with Lakshmi on his lap, known as Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. To see these three forms one has to go through an entrance that narrows itself into a dark cave. Interestingly, the cave is formed under a huge rock, which forms a sloping roof into a height of just 5-ft in the middle for the passage inside. While going through this constricted passage one has to necessarily lower the head slightly. Thus the very natural formation of the cave itself makes one bow involuntarily to the Lord.

At the end of the cave, there are the actual images of the Lord. One can see two rocks fastened to each other and forming a vertical cup of about one -foot between them. On the other side of the rock, we can see the image in the shape of a serpent head and ending like its tail. This is said to be the aspect of God known as Jwala Narasimha, first manifestation of Lord. Popular tradition has it that a divine serpent still moves about the image. On the opposite rock, there is another image of Lord seated in meditation (Padmasana posture) which is the image of Yogananda Narasimha, the second manifestation of Lord, along with the The third manifestaion as Lakshmi Narasimha on the same rock. The fourth form, Ugra Narasimha(Fiery form of Narasimha), reveals His Fierce Mouth to us as the wide entrance to the cavern itself because it was beyond the strength of a sage to see that form and Gandabherunda ( the garuda pakshi or the eagle) is the fifth form of the Lord which is said to have been found sculpted in rock underneath the Anjaneya, known as ‘Kshetrapalaka’ (or the one who ruled over that hill). This form is known only by the presence of an eternal lamp that burns within a crevice underneath Sri Anjaneya sannidhi. All these forms are known as “swayambhu” or self emanated. As these rupams of the Lord are sometimes difficult to see in the small crevice inside the cavern that serves as His sannidhi, Lord Narasimha and Lakshmi stand together as large silver utsava murthis as Sri LakshmiNarasimha. It is this form of the Lord and Lakshmi that are known and adored by all the devotees visiting the Temple. Yadarishi is said to have been granted his wish that the place where the Lord appeared will be known by his name as Yadagiri (giri means hill in Sanskrit, and gutta which means a hillock in Telugu seems to have been a latter-day suffix) and that Lord Lakshmi Narasimha will be worshipped for many years to come.

Structure:-

After many years had passed, the Lord appeared in the dream of a devout lady among the tribe, directing her to a large cavern wherein He revealed Himself to all as five majestic Avatars.Pleased with his deep devotion, Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared before him in five different forms as Sri JwalaNarasimha ,Sri Yogananda, Sri Gandabherunda, Sri Ugra and Sri Lakshminarasimha. All these five forms (roopas) are presently worshipped within the temple. They later manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms that later came to be worshiped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram. There are Purana and traditional accounts of this Shrine, which are widely popular among the devotees. There is mention about the origin of this temple in the Skanda Purana, one of the famous 18 puranas.

Glowing bright atop the sikharam of garbha griha (Sanctum Sanctorum) of this cave temple is the golden Sudarshana Chakra (about 3 ft x 3ft) of Lord Vishnu (whose reincarnation is Lord Narasimha), the adornment as well as the weapon is a symbol this temple is identified by from as far away as 6 km. It is said that many years ago the chakra moved in the direction from which the devotees came as if like a compass guiding them towards the temple.The Chakra Considered to posses mystic power and value, at times turns on its own ; no human hand is capable of turning it. Another Legend also has it that Sriman Narayana, pleased with Yada's penance, sent Sri Anjaneya to direct the rishi to a holy spot, where the Lord appeared to him in the form of Sri LakshmiNarasimha. This spot is marked by a temple located at the foot of the Yadagiri hillock, and is located about 5 km from the present temple. There the sage worshiped the Lord for many years.

After Yadarishi attained moksha, a number of tribals, hearing of the Lord's presence, came to worship Him at this temple. But, not being very learned, these devotees began to engage in improper worship. Because of this, Sri LakshmiNarasimha moved into to the hills. The tribals searched for many years to find their Lord, to no avail.

After many years had passed, the Lord appeared in the dream of a devout lady among the tribe, directing her to a large cavern wherein He revealed Himself to all as five majestic Avatars.

The Aradhanam and Puja in this temple are performed according to Pancharatra Agamam. The puja vidhanam (Puja procedure) was set by Late Sri Vangeepuram Narasimhacharyulu who composed Yadagiri Suprabhatam, Prapatti, Stotram, Mangalashasanam and served as Sthanacharya of this temple.

History of Yadagiri Temple:-


In Tretayugam, there lived a sage by the name of Yadarishi, son of the great sage Rishyasrunga and Santa Devi who did penance inside a cave with the blessings of Anjaneya on this hill between Bhongir(Bhuvanagiri) and Raigiri (Now in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh,India). Pleased with his deep devotion, Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared before him in five different forms as Jwala, Yogananda, Gandabherunda, Ugra and Lakshminarasimha. They later manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms that later came to be worshipped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram.

As the legend goes, the Lord appeared first as Jwala Narasimha (Lord as a flame), when Yadarishi was unable to face the intensity of this apparition, he appeared in a peaceful form as Yoganarasimha (Lord in a Yogic Padmasana posture with open palms on the knees). Not satisfied with the Lord appearing alone, Yadarishi sought to see him with this consort, so Lord is said to have appeared with Lakshmi on his lap, known as Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. To see these three forms one has to go through an entrance that narrows itself into a dark cave. Interestingly, the cave is formed under a huge rock, which forms a sloping roof into a height of just 5-ft in the middle for the passage inside. While going through this constricted passage one has to necessarily lower the head slightly. Thus the very natural formation of the cave itself makes one bow involuntarily to the Lord.

At the end of the cave, there are the actual images of the Lord. One can see two rocks fastened to each other and forming a vertical cup of about one -foot between them. On the other side of the rock, we can see the image in the shape of a serpent head and ending like its tail. This is said to be the aspect of God known as Jwala Narasimha, first manifestation of Lord. Popular tradition has it that a divine serpent still moves about the image. On the opposite rock, there is another image of Lord seated in meditation (Padmasana posture) which is the image of Yogananda Narasimha, the second manifestation of Lord, along with the The third manifestaion as Lakshmi Narasimha on the same rock. The fourth form, Ugra Narasimha(Fiery form of Narasimha), reveals His Fierce Mouth to us as the wide entrance to the cavern itself because it was beyond the strength of a sage to see that form and Gandabherunda ( the garuda pakshi or the eagle) is the fifth form of the Lord which is said to have been found sculpted in rock underneath the Anjaneya, known as 'Kshetrapalaka' (or the one who ruled over that hill). This form is known only by the presence of an eternal lamp that burns within a crevice underneath Sri Anjaneya sannidhi. All these forms are known as "swayambhu" or self emanated. As these rupams of the Lord are sometimes difficult to see in the small crevice inside the cavern that serves as His sannidhi, Lord Narasimha and Lakshmi stand together as large silver utsava murthis as Sri LakshmiNarasimha. It is this form of the Lord and Lakshmi that are known and adored by all the devotees visiting the Temple. Yadarishi is said to have been granted his wish that the place where the Lord appeared will be known by his name as Yadagiri (giri means hill in Sanskrit, and gutta which means a hillock in Telugu seems to have been a latter-day suffix) and that Lord Lakshmi Narasimha will be worshipped for many years to come.

There are Puranic and traditional accounts of this Shrine, which are widely popular among the devotees. There is mention about the origin of this temple in the Skanda Purana, one of the famous 18 puranas.

Glowing bright atop the sikharam of garbha griha(Sanctum sanctorum) of this cave temple is the golden Sudarshana chakra (about 3 ft x 3ft) of Lord Vishnu (whose reincarnation is Lord Narasimha) the adornment as well as the weapon is a symbol this temple is identified by from as far away as 6 km. It is said that many years ago the chakra moved in the direction from which the devotees came as if like a compass guiding them towards itself.

Lord Narasimha is believed to have been worshipped by sages (rushis). The region of Yadagirigutta is reputed to be a "Rushi Aradhana Kshetram" or the place of worship for sages .

As the belief goes, Lord Narasimha has taken on the role of a "doctor" and is known as "Vaidya Narasimha" by his devotees at this shrine to cure many chronic diseases and the role of a 'do gooder' to those who are under the influence of bad planets, witch craft and black magic. Many instances are cited of the Lord appearing in the dreams of the devotees, and administering medicines and operated the patients and blessed them with good health. Many devotees tell of vivid dreams in which the Lord comes to heal them from chronic or terminal illnesses, and even mental or emotional problems. A mandala (40 day) pradakshina is very popular made by many a devotee cured of a long standing ailment or chronic disease. Often times, the Lord Himself has imparted mantrOpadEsham to select devotees in their dreams.

Another Legend also has it that Sriman Narayana, pleased with YAda's tapas, sent Sri Anjaneya to direct the rishi to a holy spot, where the Lord appeared to him in the form of Sri LakshmiNarasimha. This spot is marked by a temple located at the foot of the Yadagiri hillock, and is located about 5 km from the present temple. There the sage worshipped the Lord for many years.

After Yadarishi attained mOksham, a number of tribals, hearing of the Lord's presence, came to worship Him at this temple. But, not being very learned, these devotees began to engage in improper worship. Because of this, Sri LakshmiNarasimha moved into to the hills. The tribals searched for many years to find their Lord, to no avail.

After many years had passed, the Lord appeared in the dream of a devout lady among the tribe, directing her to a large cavern wherein He revealed Himself to all as five majestic Avatharams.

The Aradhanam and Puja in this temple are performed according to Pancharatra Agamam. The puja vidhanam (Puja procedure) was set by Late Sri Vangeepuram Narasimhacharyulu who composed Yadagiri Suprabhatam, Prapatti, Stotram, Mangalashasanam and served as Sthanacharya of this temple.

Beliefs:-

As the belief goes, Lord Narasimha has taken on the role of a "doctor" and is known as "Vaidya Narasimha" by his devotees at this shrine to cure many chronic diseases and the role of a 'do gooder' to those who are under the influence of bad planets, witch craft and black magic. Many instances are cited of the Lord appearing in the dreams of the devotees, and administering medicines and operated the patients and blessed them with good health. Many devotees tell of vivid dreams in which the Lord comes to heal them from chronic or terminal illnesses, and even mental or emotional problems. A mandala (40 day) pradakshina is very popular made by many devotees to get cured of a long standing ailment or chronic disease. Often, the Lord Himself has imparted mantrOpadEsham to select devotees in their dreams.

Narasimha and Adi Shankara:-

It is believed by followers that Narasimha protects his sincere devotees when they are in extreme danger. Near Srisailam, there is a forest called Hatakeshwanam that no man enters. Shankaracharya entered this place and did penance for many days. During this time, a Kapalika, by name Kirakashan appeared before him. Kapalikas are a set of people who live in the burial grounds and pray to God by giving human and animal sacrifice. They were against Vedanta system of Adi Shankara which preaches love and affection and shuns violence. He told Sri Sankara that he should give his body as a human sacrifice to Kali. Shankara was happy to hear this request and agreed. His disciples were shocked to hear this and pleaded Shankara to change his mind but Shankara refused to do so saying that it was an honour to give up his body as a sacrifice for Kali and one must not lament over such things. The Kapalika arranged a fire for the sacrifice and asked Shankara to sit beside it. Just as he lifted his axe to severe Shankara's head, Lord Vishnu as Narasimha entered the body of Shankaracharya's disciple, Padmapada, who was a devotee of Narasimha, and fought the Kapalika, slayed him and thus freed the forest of Kapalikas. Thus Adi Shankara composed the very powerful Lakshmi-Narasimha Karavalambam Stothram at the very spot in front of Lord Narasimha.

 Places to visit:-

1)  Pushkarini Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple(uphills)

2)  Sri Ramalingeshwara swamy temple  (uphills at entrance of east side)

3)  Sri Ramalayam. (beside Radha Shala uphills)

4)  Sri Patha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple :-

This temple is situated a  Village Named  Peddireddy  Gudem which is 2 K.M. for from this temple.  Since this temple is very  old one to original Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam,  and it  is called as Patha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple.

This  deity is also forms in stone, and having all similar Kainkaryams / Uthsavams through out the year.  Recently this temple  was renovated and having good appearance. With funds of S.L.N.S.Devasthanam yadagirigutta as its maintained is named with its kshetram.

Temple Timings:-

Yadagirigutta Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is opening at 4.00 a.m. with suprabatham every morning and it will be closed by 9.30 p.m. detail schedule is as follows :

Morning:-

Suprabhatam 04-00 am to 4-30 am
Binde teertam 04-30 am to 5-00 am
Bala Bogam 05-00 am to 5-30 am
Nijabhishekam 05-30 am to 6-30 am
Archana 06-30 am to 7-15 am
Darshnams for all 7-15 am to 11-30 am
Maharaja Bogamu 11-30 am to 12-30 am
Darshanams 12-30 am to 3-00-pm
Dwarabandanamu (close) 03-00 pm to 04-00 pm

Evening:-

Special Darshnams 04-00 pm to 5-00 pm
Darshnamas for all 05-00 pm to 7-00 pm
Aaradhana 07-00 pm to 7-30pm
Archana 7-30 pm to 8-15 pm
Darshnams for all 8-15 pm to 9 -00 pm
Maha nivedhana 9-00 pm to 9-30 pm
Shayanostavams 9-30 pm to 9-45 pm
Temple close 9-45 pm

Note:-

These timings are based on the media sources and placed here for convenience of the visitors to plan their program. These timings may change, or modify as per temple norms in Festival days / Religion occasion / Holidays or any other occasion. Kindly re-check with the temple authorities for exact timings.

 Festivals & Fairs:-

Every year Sri Swamy vari Brahmothsavams are being performed during the months of Palgunam i.e. from Shudha Vidiya to Dwadasi for (11 ) days (normally in Febrauary & March).

During the Brahmothsavams cultural programs like Harikathas, Bajans, Vocal recites, Upanyasams, Bharatha Natyams and Dramas will be arranged with the well known artists and Scholars from the different places.

The programs Will also be arranged at the time of Narasimha Jayanthi(which comes in the Month of Vaishakha). Shudha Chathurdashi. i.e May Various Parayanams like Nalayana prabhandhams, parushams Ramayan, Maha Bharath , Bhagawath Geetha, Kshetra Mahathyam, etc Will be arranged at the time of Brahmothsavams and Jayanthi. The Peethadhipathis & Mathadhipathis who visits this temple will also given their Pravachanams to the Devotees.

Important Festivals Celebrate:-

Annual Brahmothsavams from Shudha Vidiya to Dwadasi for (11 ) days

(normally in Febrauary & March).

Sri Narasimha Jayanthi Vysakha Sudha Dwadasgu to Chathurdashi

•Vykunta Ekadashi & Adhyayanothsavams
•Pavithrothsavams
•Ramanuja Thirunakshathram.
•Nammalvar Thirunakshathram
•Manavala Mahammavari Thirunakshatram
•Thirumanjari alwar Thirunakshatram
•Thiruppavari alwar Thirunakshatram
•Andal Thirunakshatram
•Sri Krishna Janmastami
•Margali Masam
•Sri Rama Navami
•Maha Shiva Rathri
•Devi Navarathrulu
•Hanumath Jayanthi
•Annakutothsavam.

How to reach:-

By Raod:-
Yadagirigutta is about 60 km (approx. 38 miles) from Hyderabad and is well connected by Road.

By Air:- 
Hyderabad : Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (83 Kms).

By Train:-
Bhongir Railway Station (13 Kms), Hyderabad (60 Kms).

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