“Aho Veeryam ….Aho Souryam AhoBahu parakramah…… Naarasimham Param Daivam Ahobilam Aho Balam

 The most sacred shrine of Lord Narasimhar  at Ahobilam is located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghat. 

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The temple consists of nine shrines to Lord Narisimha located around a 5 KM circle. The shtala Purana states that  PakshiRajar Garuda prayed  for a vision of Lord Narisimha .  Garuda commended his penance near to Srisaila Kshetra .

 

After long years of penance  Lord manifested Himself in the cave of a mountain. 

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Few miles to the north east of the holy mountains where Garuda was performing penance  a vision of HIS manifestation was granted to Garuda………………..

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who  after obtaining as sign of  location of the mountain cave gladly traveled to the holy spot and was blessed to be graced by Satswaroopa , Mahapurusha , Lord Jwala Narasimhar not easy accessible to common people those days

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Garuda worshipped the Lord and glorified LORD as Ahobilam  is Mahabhalam .

The Lord was worshiped with glorious verses by Garuda …..

The mountain on which Garuda performed tapas became famous as Garudachala . In the days of yore when truth and dharma prevailed , great heat was observable near the mountain cave of Ahobilam , according to legend when green grass was put in the cave , it would catch fire and smoke would be emitted  .

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There are nine Narasimha Kshetras  ..

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Jwala ,

Ahobila ,

Malola 

Kroda ,

Karanja,

Bhargava

, Yogananda,

Kshatravata,

Paavana Nava Moorthayaha 

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The uniqueness of Narasimhaavatara has been extolled by many  a devotee .

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LORD appeared out of a Pillar neither man nor beast and yet both man and lion..

 

His very appearance bespeaks HIS supremacy and transcendence .

Among the distinguished disciples of Swamy Vedanta Desikar was brahmatantra Swantantra Jeeyar  Swamy  who had a illustrious disciple Ghatikastam Ammal .

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He was grandson of the great Acharyar Swamy Nadaadooor Ammal  the chief disciple and successor of Engal Azhwar .    Sreenivasacharyar was his disciple and was studying under his holiness .

 

 

He was well versed in the ancient lore  and was very knowledgeable in  Swamy Ramanuja sampradaya right from his  boyhood.

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One day the  Supreme  Lord Narasimha dev appeared in his dream and beckoned him to Ahobilam  located  in the Nallamallai Hills .

Could this vision be true ? he kept asking himself again and again ..

He hurried to meet his Acharyar  and told him  about his dream .

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The old Acharyar was pleased with the direction of Lord .He asked him to obey the mandate.

Sreenivasacharya proceeded to Ahobilam as per Lord’s command .  

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 He had to climb the hills amidst dense forests.  Recollecting the divine dream he passed on the deep jungles with ease …

He had a dip in the  Bhavanasini river ,  and took up abode in that wilderness .

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As LORD always takes care of  HIS devotee ,  Mukundaraya, the local chieftain also reached the holy place to receive our Acharyar as per divine command.

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On proceeding further  he could see the tribals worshipping Lord Narasimha .

They believed LORD had married their foster daughter of a  Chenchu Chief .

And since they became His votaries .

They called him Obelessuddu …

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They used to celebrate Annual festival by presenting clothes , honey fruits and all the beautiful things .

Srinivasacharya  along with few locals  entered the forest . After he finished his many chores , a yati beckoned him and administered the Preshamantra  after ordaining him into the ascetic  order  .

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Lord  addressed him as Sri Satakopa Yati and then revealed his real form of LORD NARASIMHA  

He directed the yati to be the Chief Aaaradhaka thus going to villages ministering to the spiritual well being of  all  his disciples .

Be their Acharya …..

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purify them …

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with the emblems of Conch and Discuss instruct them into the mysteries of the creed…….

He was the first Jeeyar who received the charter from LORD himself.

 

 

This happened on the fifth lunar day of of bright fortnight in the year 1320 the appearance day of Lord srinivas ( Purattasi sravanam ) 

As Lord disappeared the deity of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha had landed into his hands .

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  Our dear  Lord Malola Murthy wears a paduka indicating he is ever ready to proceed to shower HIS mercy on devotees. 

A palanquin and other paraphernalia was offered to the Supreme LORD….. 

And thus  LORD has graced to accompany the Ahobilam Jeeyars   past 700 years .

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It was during this time the great King  Prataapa Rudrudu was ruling Andhra pradesh.   Once  while returning from Srisailam after his worship to Paramasivan ,  Prataparudra stopped and camped at  Ahobilam .

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He used to worship Paramasiva daily  . Everyday he used to mould a linga roopa in gold and worship .He used to offer the worshiped Linga to a brahmin before he partook food .It was a daily routine.

The next morning  he was eagerly waiting for his   goldsmith to bring the molded linga for worship. It was getting delayed and hence he himself approached the tent where the gold smith was molding the linga . To his surprise  he could see the molded gold was taking shape of Lakshmi Narasimha instead of Linga roopa  . 

Suddenly he  heard  vedic mantras .

 

 

 

He looked around  and was  attracted to  divine chants near by . He asked his ministers to find out the details . He approached the  vaishnavas who were radiating with opulence and requested them to introduce themselves .

The King was led into the Ashram where our First Jeeyar Sri Sri  Sri Adivan Satakopan was worshiping the great LORD .

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The King was overjoyed to see the holy abode of Lord Narasimha .

He liked the pious  atmosphere around  with greenery everywhere .

His holiness Sri Adivan Satakopa Yatheendra Mahadesikar was radiating with divinity . The King fell at  the lotus feet of the Jeeyar and offered repeated obeisances . He explained the miracle of the molded gold turning into Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar deity instead of Linga roopa  .

The Jeeyar was pleased and blessed him .

The King offered the Suvarna Lakshmee Narasimhar to Jeeyar and asked for his benediction .He directed his ministers to provide all financial  and labor support for Jeeyar in propagating the path the Supreme  Lord had desired .The King got converted to srivaishnavism and played a role in the Jeeyars journey of propagating the sampradaya.

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Thus one would be very fortunate to have darshan of Jeeyar and the  Lordships who  accompany the Ahobilam Jeeyars . 

  The divine world  Jeeyar accompanies all compassionate our  Lord Maalola Narasimhar , Suvarna Narasimhar  Mangalagiri Panaka Narasimhar  who arrived and joined 42nd Jeeyar  Lord Krishna who enjoys Dolotsavam . Lord Ranganathar reclining on Adhishesha with Goddess Mahalakshmi ,Lord Athagiri Varadar worshipped by the great Acharyar Nadathur Ammal . Lord Sreenivasar with Alamelumanga thaayar  Sampath kumaran with Yadhugiri Nachiyar  Parimalarangan with  Goddess Sridevi and Bhudevi , Lakshmi varahan, Bhuvarahan , Adhikesavar with goddesses , Sudarshana Azhwar,  Sri Seetha Rama , Lakshmana perumal  Lord Aaravamudham , Hayagreevar Sri Andal ,Lord Rangamannar and  Saaligrama Moorthies  .

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The divine world showers divinity all around .Great Acharyars Vishwaksenar Swamy Nammazhwar ,  Thirumangai Azhwar shower opulence on the lucky ones who have darshan …

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Jai Jai Lakshmee Narasimha

All glories to His holiness Sri Sri  Sri Adivan Satakopa Yatheendra Mahadesikar

All glories to Lord Narasinga devotees

All glories to Ahobilam Kshetra

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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Pics Credits : Google images and various social media shared by several advanced devotees

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