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Saligrama Shree Guru Narasimha Temple Timings, History, Pooja

Saligrama Guru Narasimha Temple Timings:

Morning: 5.30 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saligrama Shree Guru Narasimha Swamy Temple is one of the important pilgrim centers in Udupi, Karnataka. Saligrama is a small town located 23 km north of Udupi on the national Highway 17. The main attraction of Saligrama is the temple of Lord Guru Narasimha Swamy. It is believed that the idol of the deity is very old and belongs to the 8th century AD and is carved out of Saligrama rock. The Narasimha idol is facing west and the right hand holding chakra and the left hand holding shanka and Prabhavali at the back.

According to the “Sahyadri Khanda” of the Skanda Purana, the idol of Lord Guru Narasimha at Saligrama has been installed by Narada Maharshi.

Saligrama Guru Narasimha Temple Poojas:

1) Brahmarathothsava Kanike
2) Big RangaPooja Kanike
3) Small Rangapooja with Belli Rathothsava Kanike
4) Samhithabhisheka (Wthout Santharpane)
5) Harivan Naivedhya
6) Pavamana Abhisheka
7) Panchamrutha Abhisheka
8) Sashasranama Parayana
9) Kshirabhisheka (Milk)
10) Haluparamanna
11) Saturday Phalarpane
12) Moodu Ganapathi
13) Sone Arathi
14) Nandadeepa (For one Month)
15) Flower Pooja
16) Thulabara
17) Vehicle Pooja Kanike
18) Upanishath Abhisheka
19) Rudrabhisheka
20) Ashtotharanamarchane
21) Curd Rice – Offering
22) Chitranna – Offering
23) Panaka Seva
24) Panchakajjaya
25) Mangalarathi
26) Nithyaveda Parayana
27) Narasimha Homa Kanike (108)
28) Narasimha Homa Kanike (1008)
29) Sarva Save
30) Hayagreeva Naivedya
31) Sathyanarayana Pooja
32) Samaradhanae (7 People)
33) Nithya Pooje
34) Hannukai Seve
35) Laddu Prasada
36) Panchakajjaya
37) Seva Kanike
38) RangaPooje (Gram)
39) Rangapooja (Ti11)
40) Rangapooja (Puffed Rice)
41) Rangapooja (Sugar)
42) Sundarakanda Parayana
43) Chandrabenne Arpane
44) Poornalankara Chandrabeene
45) Rangapooia Big Arathi
46) Vade Save
47) Appa Seve
48) Vayusthuti Parayar
49) Appa Prasada
51) Navakapradana Kalasha 1 (every hunnime)
52) Sundarakanda ParayanaKanike
53) 6 CoconutGana Homa
54) Sankasta Chowthi Ganahoma (1 Coconut)
55) Naivedhya Sahitha Panchamrutha Abhisheka
56) Chandika Parayana
57) Kumlumarchana
58) Lakshminarayana Hrudaya Parayana
59) Pavamana Kalshabisheka (Every Amavasya. Padya. Sharusti)

Saligrama Guru Narasimha Temple Mahatma:

Pushkara Khanda chapter of Padma purana has details of this temple. Suta Puranika narrated this mahatme on the request of Muni Pungavas.

The land mass given by Samudra Raja on the request of Parashurama ranging from the current Gokarna on the North to Kanyakumari on the south is called Parashurama Kshetra.

This place has many important Thirta Kshetras and Thirta Sarovaras. Narada Muni visited the place between Seetha river and Kumbha Kashi kshetra where many Koota Muni Pungavas where meditating, after taking holy dip in different theerta sarovaras and meditating at thirta kshetras.

During this time a unexpected event happened at this place. Earth shook and there was a thunderous sound. All animals were scared and birds circled the sky. There was heavy winds and the freightned Munis came to Narada and requested for protection. Suddenly they heard a Divya Vani that preached about Narasimha Vichara.

The Divya Vani informed that an idol of Lord Narasimha, holding Shanka and Chakra in both hands and seated in Yogananda Posture that is worshiped by Brahma and Rudra is sitated between Shanka and Chakra thirta in middle of a Ashwatta (people) tree. This will be installed by Narada Muni. Narada agreed that he had realized the same during his meditation.

They searched and found the statue of Lord Narasimha and prayed to him. Narada then installed the statue of Lord Narasimha in between Shanka and Chakra Theertha. On Narada’s prayer Lord Narasimha appeared and as per his request agreed to be there in the location permanently.

This place in the middle of Koota Kshetra, where Lord Narasimha resides in Saligrama idol is called Saligrama. Devotees will achieve all their desires by worshipping this Saligrama idol. Taking holy dip in Chakra Theertha rids one of all diseases and fear of enemy. Holy dip in Shanka Theerta clenses one from all the sins. One who takes holy dip in both the theerthas and worships Narasimha will attain prosperity.

According to Skanda Purana Sahyadri Kanda, learned Brahmin families under the leadership of Bhattacharya, came to present day Saligrama from Ahichatra on the banks of Godavari river, on the request of King Lokaditya. King Lokaditya wanted to reinstate learned Brahmins in his kingdom for the prosperity of the kingdom. Maha Yagna’s like “Atiratra” were performed by these Brahmins on request of King Lokadithya. Before starting these yagnas, “to avoid obstacles” these learned, prayed to Lord Ganapathi and obtained blessings.

Bhattacharya was delighted to see elephants and lions living together, a situation which he had already experienced during his meditation and named this place “Nirvairya Sthala” meaning “Enemy less abode”. This is signified by the symbolic representation of elephant in the form of Lord Ganapathi and Lion in the form of Lord Narasimha, even till this date in the Saligrama temple. The idol is facing west and has chakra in right hand and conch shell in the left hand.

King Lokaditya allocated 14 villages to Brahmins who accompanied Bhattacharya and requested them to stay there and perform yagas and yajnas. While returning back to Ahichatra, Bhattacharya instructed his disciples staying back, to worship Lord Narasimha as both Guru and Lord.

Saligrama Guru Narasimha Temple Deities :

Sri Anjaneya Swamy
Sri Maha Ganapathi
Goddess Durga Parameshwari

How to Reach Saligrama Guru Narasimha Temple:

By Air:
Mangalore International Airport is the Nearest Airport which is 82 km from Saligrama Temple.

By Rail:
Nearest Railway Stations are Kundapur is 17.5 km and Udupi is 25.5 km from the Temple.

By Road:
Saligrama town lies on NH 17 and it is well connected by road network. Direct buses are available to Saligrama from Mangalore, Sringeri and Udupi.

Saligrama Guru Narasimha Temple Address:

Udipi District,
Katnataka – 576255.

Phone: +91-820-2564544 / 3204544