This ancient temple is the only Vaishnava Temple in Vellore District, Tamilnadu which is praised by the Alwars in their pasuram. Many inscription show its importance. Chalukkya King came from northern Tamil Nadu and learned from Kanchi kadigai. There are many inscription near the lake and at Kangaikondan Mandapam on Sannadhi Street.
Swami Dhottachariar is the sthala Acharyar. puranas says that he planned to build the Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Meena month of the Sarvathari year, Sutha Panchami day. Erumbi Padmapuram was the home of Vaishnava Acharya. Prints of the inscription were taken in 1896 and 1952-53.
Sholingur Yoga Narasimha Temple Specialty:
Sholingur Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy hill temple’s length 200 feet, breadth 150 feet, height 750 feet with 1305 steps.
Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy is in sitting posture is the presiding deity in Big Hill Temple. The other names are “Thakaan” and “Akkarakani”. Akkaram means Money and Wealth. This sthalam is also called as “Kadikachlam”.
There are Four Pushkaranies in Sholinghur Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple Amirtha Theertham (Thakkan Kulam), Narasimma Theertham, Hanumantha Theertham and Brahma Theertham.
Sholinghur Narasimha Temple Hours:
Dharshan Timings Big and Small Hill:
Dharshanam:- 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Abhisekam:- 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Prathana Utsavam:- 4:00 PM only on Friday
Sholingur Yoga Narasimha Temple History:
Sholinghur or Chola Simhapuram is anciently known as Thirukadigai. This fact is evident from the sacred poems of the Third Thiruvanthathi of Peyalvar and from Thirumangaialvar. The name of this place is Kadighachalam as known from ancient legend. Kadiga is the name of a space of Time.
Achalam is Hill. Lord Narasimha gave mukthi to Prahalathan by appearing in Yoga. Hence this place is known as Kadigachalam. Since Peyalvar worshipped this place by his pasuram,this is one of the oldest Temple.
Karikal Cholan of Chola dynasty divided his country into 48 divisions of which one is known as Kadigai Nadu. Kadiga is known as the place of Learning. Please note the name Kanchi Kadigai. Since Vedha and other rare arts are taught in this place,. this is known as Kadigachalam. Vaishnava teachers called this as Cholasimhapuram.
It is known from the inscription that the temple is an ancient one. During Vijayanagara regime Erumbi is famous. Swami Dhoddachar is the main person for the development of Sholinghur. Sri Acharya Swami, a renowned educationist with the help of Vijayanagara Kings abolished the forest and established the present Sholinghur.
The Temple is in the midst of the Town with a Tank and Car Mandapam. From the records, it is known that the Temple is renovated during 1588. A.D Swami’s ardent devotees M/s. Thakkan Reddy and Mudaliandan make some renovations under the able guidance of swamiji. They have the right to take the Vahanams during Brahmotsavam. After the completion of the procession they have the right to receive the honour next to the Acharya.
There is an inscription of 14th century in the Big Hill and another of 17th century in Small Hill and also a inscription in Telugu Language. There is a small window opposite to Lord Narasimhas temple at Big Hill, through which the Lord give darsan to Yoga Anjeneya at Small Hill. Yoga Narasimha is facing east and the Small Hill is at the eastern side of the Big Hill.
Swamy Dhottachar used to worship Lord Varadaraja Perumal of Kanchi on the third day of Brahmotchavam every year. Once he was not able to visit kanchi and thus missed the Seva. The worried Dhottachar offered prayers to Lord Varadharajar sitting on the banks of Brahma Theertham at Sholinghur.
Lord Varadarajar of Kanchi, pleased by the prayers of Swamy Dhottachar, appeared before him on Garuda Vahanam. This incident resulted in a ritual called Dhottachar Seva performed on the third day of Brahmmotchavam at Kanchi Varadarajar Temple even now.
Sholinghur Yoga Narasimha Temple Festivals:
|1||Chithirai||Bramothsavam 10 days|
|2||Vaikasi||Narasima Jayanthi, Vaikasi Garuda Seva, Vasantha Uthsavam, Nammalvar Festival|
|3||Aani||Summer Festival 3 days. Aani Garuda Seva, Adhikesava perumal, Thiruvona Festival|
|4||Aadi||Andal Thiruadipora Festival (10 days), Gajendra Motcham, Garuda Seva, Jeshtapishekam|
|5||Avani||Thirupavithrothsavam. Big Temple 7 days, Sri Jayanthi|
|6||Purattasi||Navarathri Uthsavam 10 days.|
|7||Iyppasi||Dolothsavam oonjal Festival 3 days. Manavala Mamunigal 10 days. Last Friday Deepavali & Vana Bojanam|
|8||Karthigai||Karthigai Festival, Festival of light, Anumath Jayanthi (Small Hill) , Thirumangai Alvar Festival 10 days|
|9||Marghazi||Vaikunta Ekadasi, Pakal Pathu, Rappathu Uthsavam, New year Jan 1, Padi Uthsavam|
|10||Thai||Andal Thirukalyanam, Western Paarivethai, Giri prathkshanam,Thai Poosam, Float Festival 3 days.|
|11||Masi||Sri Dhottachariar Annual Birth celebration, Dhavana Uthsavam, Masi Float Festival|
|12||Panguni||Telugu New Year’s day, PanguniUthram, Thirukalyanam in the Big Temple|
Sholinghur Yoga Narasimha Temple Annadhanam:
Annadhanam’s plan works in this temple. As there is not enough space to accommodate devotees, an additional 2.26 acres of land was purchased to build cabins equipped with all comforts such as dining rooms, bedrooms, land, bathrooms, etc., and to build orphanages, offices quarters for temple servants, etc. Steps are currently being taken to start the work.
Books on Sholinghur Temple :
- Kadighachala Puram in Sanskrit
Tenalai Rama Krishna Kadighachala Puranam in Telugu
- Hymns of Alwars (Thirumangai Alvar, Nammalvar, Peyalvar)
- One Pasuram in 108 Tirpathi Anthathi – by Pillai Perumal Iyangar.
- A Sanskrit Keerthana in praise of Lord Narasimha by Muthusamy Dikshidar.
Sholinghur Temple Bank Account Details:
Name of the Bank: Andra Bank
Account No: 264211100000344
IFSC Code: ANDB0002642
Name: Assistant Commissioner / Executive Officer,
Arulmigu Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple,
How to reach Sholinghur Temple:
The Nearest Airport is Renigunta International Airport, Tirupati 83 km and the next Nearest is Chennai International Airport 120 km from Sholinghur Temple.
Sholingur is well connected with all other major cities and towns.
Direct buses are available from Tiruttani or Kanchipuram to Arakkonam. From Chennai bus frequency is very less.
Nearest Railway Station is Sholingur station.
Katpadi Junction to Sholinghur 44 km
Arakkonam Junction to Katpadi Junction 89 km via Ranipet
Pakala Junction to Katpadi Junction 61 km
Renigunta Junction to Katpadi Junction via Pakala (110 km), via Pallipattu (116 km).
From Katpadi Junction Yoga Lakshmi Narashimar Temple is 48 km via Serkadu-Vallimalai.
Sholinghur Temple Address:
Tamil Nadu 631302.
Office Phone:- 04172-262225
Cottage Phone:- 04172-2622256,
Big Temple Phone:- 04172-200368,
Small Temple Phone:- 04172-295999,
Fax – 04172-263515.