Vedagiri Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple is an abode of the fourth incarnations of Sri Maha Vishnu – The Narasimha Avatara. This magnificent temple is located on a small hilltop offering a great view of the city surroundings and is about 15 km from the heart of Nellore town. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Kamakshi Tayee Temple is 5.7 km from Narasimha Swamy Temple.
Sri Vedagiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is also known as Narasimha Konda is a famous and ancient Vishnu temple located on the banks of Penna river in Komarapudi, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Lord Narasimha Swamy is Swayambhu in this temple. Goddess Chenchu Lakshmi is the concert of Narasimha Swamy. Every month on the day of Swathi Nakshatram, Abhishekam will be performed and Brahmotsavam will be celebrated in the month of May.
This Vaishnava temple was constructed in the 9th century by the Pallava king Narasimha Varma, according to the Rocks sculpture. In Narasimha Konda Temple Nellore there are seven sacred Gundam (Koneru) that are refurbished on Narasimha Konda with Mandapas.
Vedagiri Narasimha Swamy Temple History:
Sage Kasyapa once performed a yaga (Yaga – Offerings to the almighty in a ritualistic fashion using mantras) at the bottom of this hilltop for peace to be restored at this place, with help of seven other saints he performed the ritualistic affair of pleasing the god and as part of it were constructed seven gunda’s (Gunda’s – water storage tanks) and idols of Govindrajaswamy and his consort goddess Prasanna Lakshmi were commissioned and consecrated to protect the yaga. At the end of this exercise there evolved a divine light and it traveled north towards the hilltop and entered the cave where the current Narasimha Swamy temple is situated, so the sanctum sanctorum is seen in the shape of the curve. The deity installed at this place is six feet tall with four hands; two hands symbolizing Protection, Blessing and the other two hands holding Conch and Chakra.
There is also a separate shrine a little above the main temple dedicated to Adi Lakshmi.
The temple premises was constructed by Pallava King – Vikrama Simha Verma around the idol that was installed by sage Kashyapa. Later the temple tower was constructed by Reddy Kings.
The place just not only relates to this legend but connects the age-old mythological tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is quoted in “Aranya Knadam” of Ramayana that the Lord Sri Rama visited this place as part of his sojourn. There are caves here named “Aswathama Caves”, it is believed that Aswathama still lives here as an immortal being as he got into penance for absolving his sins following a curse from Lord Sri Krishna for his actions of killing the sons of Draupadi, consort of Pandavas, clandestinely in the battlefield of Mahabharata.
Other important places and beliefs at the temple premises.
Santhana Vriksha – A tree that is believed to grant the boon of begetting children for childless couples is near the Adi Lakshmi Temple. The women devotees tear a corner of the saree and put their offerings in the piece of cloth and tie it as a swing to the tree. One could also see an underground tunnel beneath the tree which once was used by sages as a path to come to the temple and offer their prayers.
Kondi Kasuli Hundi – It is meant that those who give their offerings at this place can get rid of venomous bites of Scorpions and Snakes.
Narasimha Konda Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
|1||6:00 AM to 6:30 AM||Suprabhatha Seva|
|2||6:30 AM to 7:00 AM||Suddhi|
|3||7:00 AM to 8:30 AM||Thomala Seva|
|4||8:30 AM to 11:30 AM||Arjitha Sevas|
|5||11:30 AM to 12:30 PM||Archana, Madhyana Nivedhana|
|6||3:30 PM to 6:30 PM||Arjitha Sevas|
|7||6:30 PM to 7:30 PM||Thomala Seva|
|8||7:30 PM to 8:00 PM||Arjitha Seva|
|9||8:00 PM||Pavalimpu seva|
Vedagiri Temple Sarva Darshan Timings:
|Days||Sarva Darshan Timings|
|Mon – Tue – Wed – Thu||6:00 AM to 12:30 PM||Excluding Pooja Nivedhana Timings|
|Mon – Tue – Wed – Thu||3:30 PM to 8:00 PM||Excluding Pooja Nivedhana Timings|
|Fri – Sat – Sun||6:00 PM to 1:00 PM||Excluding Pooja Nivedhana Timings|
|Fri – Sat – Sun||3:00 PM to 8:00 PM||Excluding Pooja Nivedhana Timings|
|Fri, Sat and on Ekadasi days with Swathi Nakshathram||6:00 AM to 7:00 AM||Devotees can perform Abhishekam|
|Fri, Sat and on Ekadasi days with Swathi Nakshathram||6:00 AM to 7:30 AM||Sarva Darshan Timings|
Vedagiri Narasimha Temple Address:
Lakshmi Narasimha Konda
Andhra Pradesh – 524004.