Antarvedi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple is one of the famous historical temples in Andhra Pradesh. It is located near the coast of Bay of Bengal and on the banks of Vasistha River in East Godavari district.
The temple is mentioned in many Puranas, ithihaas, and other religious scriptures.
In Treta Yuga, after killing Ravana, Lord Sri Ram was wandering on the earth to get rid of ‘Brahma hathya paathakam’ (a sin equivalent of killing Lord Brahma) visited Antarvedi temple and offered special puajs to Lord Narasimha swamy. In Dwapara Yuga, Arjuna visited the place and offered special rituals.
It is believed that this is the holy place where Lord Vishnu incarnated with his divine consort Goddess Lakshmi upon the worship of Sage Vasishta.
The significance of Antarvedi temple is associated with a war between sage Vashishta and sage Vishwamitra. In this war, Vishwamitra maharshi created a demon called ‘Raktha Vilochana’, who killed all sons of Vashishta. Vashishta observed a severe penance for Lord Narasimha to kill the demon. Narasimha swamy appeared in front of Vashishta and killed the demon. Upon the request of sage vasista, the Lord incarnated in Antarvedi along with his divine consort Lakshmi Devi.
Narasimha swamy Thirukalyanotsavam is held in Magha masam, starting from Ratha Saptami. Narasimha Thirukalyanam is performed on Shukla Paksha Dashami in Magh month. Rathothsavam is held on Bhishma Ekadasi at 2’0 clock in the afternoon. Varshika Brahmotsavams begins on Magha Shuddha Saptami and ends on Magha Bahula Padyami.