Ahobhilam, also known as Ahobalam, is located in the Allagadda mandal of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located at a distance of 40 km from Nandyal and about 150 km from Kurnool, the district headquarters. There are two temple houses, lower Ahobilam and upper Ahobilam.
It is a major pilgrimage site in South India, is one of the 108 Vaishnava Divyadesams and known in Tamil as Thiru Singavel Kundram. According to the legend, this is where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipu.
Religious History of Ahobilam Temple
According to legends it is believed that when the Devas saw the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as half-lion, half-man, they shouted “Ahobala” (great strength) as well as “Ahobila” (great cave in which the current sanctum is). Hence, this place could be called either “Ahobalam” or “Ahobilam”. The mention of this place is present in Brahmanda Purana. The place where Lord Narayana appeared from the stone pillar to kill Hiranyakashipa can be seen in this place. The name of this pillar is Ugra Sthambha, which is now referred as “Ukku SThambha” in Telugu, which incorrectly translates to iron pillar.
Other Temples Near by…
There are NINE NARASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLES in NINE different forms.
- Bhargava Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Yogananda Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Chathravatha Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Ugra Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Varaha Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Malola Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Jwala Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Paavana Narasimha Swamy Temple
- Karanja Narasimha Swamy Temple
Important festivals celebrated at the temple..
Every year, Brahmotsavams (ceremonies performed by the Lord Brahma) are held in Phalguna Masam (March-April). Apart from this, every month, on the star day of the Lord, which is Swathi, Gramotsavas (village ceremonies) are celebrated. On that day, Thirumanjan Seva (service) is performed with 108 Kalasas(holy vessels) grandly, A lot of pilgrims visit the temple on the auspicious Swati nakshatra day.