The Sri Namagiri Thayar Samedha Narasimha Swamy Temple is located in Namakkal, a town in Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is dedicated to Sri Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is built in the Dravidian and Rock-cut architectural styles and can be found along the Salem–Namakkal–Trichy Road.
According to legends, the temple is associated with Narasimha appearing for Lakshmi, his consort, and Hanuman. Historians believe that the temple was constructed in the 8th century by the Adiyamans, also known as Satyaputras, as mentioned in an inscription referring to the temple as ‘Adiyendra Vishnu Gruham’ or ‘The house of Vishnu of the Adiyaman kings’. Although the temple is not listed among the 108 Divya Desam temples, it holds historical significance.
The temple features a pillared hall leading to the sanctum, which has impressive rock-cut architecture. The sanctum sanctorum is square in shape with a black background and contains three sculpted cells, two pillars, and a verandah. The central niche houses the seated image of Narasimha known as Asana murti. The temple complex also includes sanctums for Namagiri Tayar and Lakshmi Narayana, and there is a separate shrine for the goddess Namagiri Lakshmi, also known as Namagiri Tayar.
The temple hosts daily rituals and numerous yearly festivals, with the fifteen-day Panguni Uthiram festival being the most prominent, celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni (March – April). The temple’s annual car festival is held in March and April as per the Vaikhanasa tradition.
The administration and maintenance of the temple are overseen by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple Timings:
Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple:
Morning: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sri Lakshmi Temple:
Morning: 7:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Evening: 4:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
Sir Anjaneyar Temple:
Morning: 6.30 AM TO 1:00 PM
Evening: 4.30 PM TO 9:00 PM
Sri Aranganathar Swamy Temple:
Morning: 8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Evening: 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple History:
Sri Narasimha is depicted with sharp nails which are used to kill Hiranyakashyapand the wonder is that the palm has bloodstains. There are Janaka, Sanadhanar, Sun, Moon and Brahmma around him. Like Kudavarai Murthi, Tirumanjanam is not performed. This is only done to the processional deity.
The Lord is generally known as Sri Lakshmi Narasimha if Mother Sri Lakshmi is on her lap. In this temple, Sri Mahalakshmi has her place in the Lord’s chest. Sri Namagiri Thayar / Mother Lakshmi has her sanctuary facing east. It is believed that the devotee would become a math expert if he/she worships Goddess Mahalakshmi. There is a separate temple for Bhakta Anjaneya who brought the Anagramey Salagrama. The idol is 18 feet tall with a japamala in his hand and a sword at the waist.
While Sri Anjaneya Swamy was taking a bath in the Kandaki River in Nepal, he received a stone called Salagram in the form of Sri Vishnu. while he was flying in the sky with Salagram and he passed by this place. He had to take a bath, but couldn’t because the Salagram should not be placed on Earth. Then he found Sri Mahalakshmi doing penance and asked her the reason. Goddess told him that she wanted to see Lord in the form of Narasimha and, therefore, she is doing the penance.
Sri Anjaneya asked the mother to hold the Salagram until he returned after a bath. The mother agreed with the condition that she would place if he did not return on time. But Anjaneya could not arrive in time. Lakshmi Devi put it down, that Anjaneya couldn’t move. The Salagrama has become a mountain. Lord Narasimha appeared before Sri Lakshmi who grants darshan and became Lakshmi Narasimha. Anjaneya also stayed here at the time.
Namagiri Thayar Samedha Narasimha Festivals:
Tamil New Year / Puthandu in April / Chithirai
Telugu New Year / Ugadi in March
Vaigasi Visaagam (April – May)
Aadi on 18 August
Aadi Pooram Sri Namagiri Thayar in swing
Aavani pouthira urchavam in September
Sri Narasimmar Jayanthi in September
Sri Krishna Jayanthi in September – October
All 4 Saturdays in Puratasi in September – October 4
Navarathiri Urchavam in October
Vijayadhasami / Dussehra
Karthigai Dheepam in December
Hanuman Jayanthi in Margali (On a full moon day in margali moolam star)
Special poojas in a full month of Margali
Vaigunda Egadasi (Special pooja for lord Aranganathar)
Pongal / Harvest Festival in January
Varuda Urchavam in Panguni is a 15 days festival celebrated in Hastham star. on the 3rd-day chariot festival is celebrated as Thiru Veedhi Ulla.
Temples Nearest Namagiri Thayar Samedha Narasimha:
Arulmigu Achala Deepeswarar Temple, Mohanur 20.4 km
Sri Navaladi Karuppuswami temple, Mohanur 20.7 km
Arulmigu Balasubramaniaswami Temple, Mohanur 20.7 km
Arulmigu Kalyana Prasanna Venkataramanar Temple, Mohanur 20 km
Arulmigu Kailasanathar Temple, Rasipuram 30.2 km
Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, Rasipuram 30 km
Yercurd Hills 90 km
Killyur Falls 80 km
Arulmigu Arthanareeswarar Temple, Tiruchengodu 38.8 km
Namagiri Thayar Samedha Narasimha Temple Annathana scheme:
The Annathana scheme is a scheme of Rs.25000/- in the form of a donation. Annathanam will be presented on the selected date selected by the devotees. This Annathanam will be provided to the public with the interest of Rs. 25000/- once a year throughout their life or life long. Annatham is provided for 100 devotees every day. If devotees prefer to provide Annathanam for 100 people, it will cost Rs.2500/- as a donation.
Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple Address:
Sri Namagiri Thayar Samedha Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple,
Tamil Nadu – 637001.
Phone: +4286 – 233999
Superintendent: 97867 98837
Accountant: 94436 46613
Head Clerk: 9443025272