Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Yadadri, Telangana
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Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple also known as Yadadri and Yadagirigutta temple, is a Hindu temple situated on a hillock in Yadagirigutta of Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district of the Indian state of Telangana. The temple is an abode of Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Suryapet and 88 kilometres (55 mi) from Nalgonda and 62 km from Hyderabad.
There is a mention of this temple in Skanda Purana. According to an ancient Hindu mythology, there lived a great sage Yadarishi in Treta Yuga. He is the son of Rishi Rishyashringa and Santa Devi.
He performed a great Tapas to please Lord Vishnu on Yadagiri hill. Lord Vishnu as Narasimha Swamy was pleased by his penance appeared in front of him in three avatars: Jwala Narasimha, Gandabheranda Narasimha and Yogananda Narasimha.Sage Yadarishi was not happy with Lord Narasimha appearing alone as Yogananda Narasimha. He wanted to see the Lord together with his consort.
So, Lord Narsimha pleased Yadarishi by appearing along with Goddess Lakshmi on his lap, thus he got the name of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.Sage Yadarishi begged the Lord Narasimha Swamy to remain in these forms on Yadagiri hill.Thus, you can find the Lord Narasimha in all three forms embedded in stone in the main cave, which is around 12 feet high and 30 feet long.
Jwala Narasimha Swamy is present in the form of snake and Yogananda Narasimha Swamy is present sitting in meditation in yoga posture.Towards the right side of the temple main door, a Hanuman Temple is present. He is the Kshetra Palaka (Ruler) of the Yadagiri hill.
The present government in Telangana is planning to improve the amenities in the temple premises to attract more devotees.There are many temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy in our country, out of which most of them are present in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
Legend / Local stories
Yadagiri is named after a sage named Yadava who performed services Lord Vishnu as Narasimha. Being please with him the lord gave him darshan in three forms: jwaalaa Narasimha, gan DabhErunDa Naarasimha and yogaananda Narasimha. Yadava begged Narasimha to remain on the hill in these forms. For this reason, the Lakshmi-Narasimhadeva temple on the hilltop has deities of Narasimha in all three forms embedded in stone in the main cave.
How to Reach:
By Road:There are many TSRTC buses plying on Sundays and on public holidays from Hyderabad to the temple.
By Train: Raigir Railway Station (RAG) is the nearest railway station to reach Yadagirigutta temple.
- Raigir Railway Station (RAG) 6 km
- Bhongir Railway Station (BG) 11 km
- Secunderabad Jn (SC) 60 km
By Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad is just 92 km away from the temple.