Tirupati And Ahobilam Divya Desam Temple Tour 2 Night 3 Days From Chennai
There are several temples dedicated to God Vishnu, Divya desam Temples are the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints). ”Divya” means “premium” and “Desam” indicates “place” (temple). Of the 108 temples, 105 are in India, one is in Nepal, and last two are outside the Earthly realms.The last two are Thirupalkaddal and Paramapadam. Tirupalkaddal is the ocean of milk and Paramapadam is the Srivaikuntam where lord Narayana presides. In Tamil Nadu there are 82 Temple, Kerala also called Mala Nadu has 13 Temple , Andhra Pradesh 2 Temple , Uttar Pradesh has 4 Temple, Uttrakhand has 3 Temple, Gujarat has 1 Temple , Nepal 1 & Outside Earthly Realms are 2.
Day wise Itinerary Ahobilam Divya Desam Temple Tour 2 Night 3 Days From Chennai
Day 01 – Morning, Pick up from Chennai and proceed to Ahobilam. It will take about 9 to 10 hours of driving. Night halt in Lower Ahobilam.
Day 02 – Morning visit Upper Ahobilam Ahobilam Narasimha Temple , Kroda Narasimha Temple , Malola Narasimha Temple , Karanja Narasimha Temple , afternoon visit , Pavana Narasimha temple(to go by Jeep ) Bhargava Narasimha temple (to go by Jeep)- Night halt in Ahobilam .
Day 03 - Morning visit Lower Ahobilam - Yogananda Narasimha temple & Chatravata Narasimha temple , proceed to Chennai – drop by late evening – Tour Ends
Nava Narismha Temple Information
1. Bhargava Narasimha Swamy :- The Bhargava Narasimha Swamy is situated at a distance of two kilometres from the Lower Ahobilam, on a hill, near the sacred pond, known as 'Bhargava Theertham', where Bhargava Rama performed his penance. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Bhargava Narasimha Swamy.
2. Yogananda Narasimha Swamy :- This temple is to the south-east of Lower Ahobilam at a distance of 2 kilometres. The popular legend is that after killing Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha taught Prahlada several yogic postures. Therefore, the Lord in this aspect is called Yogananda Narasimha.
3. Chatravata Narasimha Swamy :- About three kilometres from lower Ahobilam, the image of the deity is installed under a peepal tree, surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence, the Lord is called as Chatravata Narasimha Swamy.
4. Ahobila Narasimha Swamy :- The temple, situated on the Upper Ahobilam, at a distance of eight kilometres from the Lower Ahobilam, is the main temple and the earliest of all the nine temples there. The Lord here appears in his fierce aspect, called Ugra Narasimha, who is the presiding deity of the temple and is known as Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy. It is firmly believed the Lord Narasimha was 'Svayambhu' (self-manifest) here.
5. Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy :- The temple of this Lord is one kilometre away from the main temple of Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy on the Upper Ahobilam. The image of the deity has the face of a boar (varaha or kroda) and the Lord is seen along with his Consort, Lakshmi. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy here.
6. Karanja Narasimha Swamy :- This shrine is situated at a distance of one kilometre from the Upper Ahobilam and one furlong from the road leading to Lower Ahobilam. The image of the deity is installed under a tree, called 'Karanja Vruksham'. Hence this Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy.
7. Malola Narasimha Swamy :- Nearly two kilometres from the main temple of Upper Ahobilam, is the famous shrine of Malola Narasimha Swamy. The deity here appears in 'soumya' (graceful) form. As Lord Narasimha is seen with his consort, Lakshmi, He is known as Malola Narasimha Swamy. The word 'Malola' means beloved to Lakshmi (Ma=Lakshmi, Lola= beloved).
8. Jwala Narasimha Swamy :-The temple of Jwala Nrisimha Swamy, lies higher up the above temple, on a hill called, 'Achalachaya Meru'. This is about four kilometres from the Upper Ahobilam temple. This place is said to be the actual spot, where the fierce anger of the Lord reached its culmination when he tore Hiranyakasipu.
9. Pavana Narasimha Swamy :- Nearby the above temple, is the shrine of Pavana Narasimha, on the banks of the river, Pavana and it is about six kilometres from the Upper Ahobilam temple. Hence the Lord of the shrine is known as Pavana Narasimha Swamy.
To visit Ugra Sthambam & Prahalada Mettu you will require one full day
In addition to the shrines mentioned above, there is a famous shrine dedicated to God Narasimha Swamy in the Lower Ahobilam, which is popularly known as Prahlada Varada Sannidhi. The other objects of this place are 'Ugra Sthambham' and 'Prahlada Mettu'.
(a) Ugra Sthambham
(b) At a distance of eight kilometres from the Upper Ahobilam temple, we can see a cleft of the mountain dividing it into two visible parts. It is a long-held view that from the cleft, the Lord appeared in the form of Narasimha and this cleft is known as 'Ugra Sthambham'.
(b) Prahalada Mettu The small shrine, situated in a cave on the hill, is in between Ugra Sthambham and the Upper Ahobilam. It is dedicated to Prahlada Narashimha Swamy. The image of the Prahlada is installed in a small cave.
There are a number of holy 'theerthas' (water ponds) round this place. Of these, Rakthakundam is the most important. It is stated that Lord Narasirnha after killing the demon Hiranyakasipu, washed his hands in this 'theertham' and hence the water is still reddish in appearance. (History of the cult of Narasimha in Andhra Pradesh by Dr. M. Narasimhacharya).
Pls Note :
1. To climb 1300 Steps one way to Reach Upper Ahobilam.- toughest among them is Jwala Narasimha, to use Dolis for elder people charges are about Rs.3000 per person.
2. Lower Ahobilam one can travel by one's own Car or Public vehicle .
3. 2 Temples in Lower Ahobilam are to be by Local Jeep as one cannot travel by own Vehicle . normal charges per Jeep is around Rs.3000 , max 07 pax in one jeep
4. Guides are generally advised for this tour , normal charges are about Rs 2000 per group.
5. If Ugra stambam and prahalada mettu,need to be covered, it will require one more day.
Temple Timings Lower Ahobilam: 6:30 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Upper Ahobilam: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All other temples: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pavana Narasimha Temple remains open for 24 hours and is 7 km travel is required
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