Rare Photo of Sri Narasimha at Upper Ahobilam



Photos of Lord Narasimha at Upper Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh. This was taken by Ugrasrava Prabhu in 1975 during a visit to the sacred site.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited this site and had darsana of this deity:

tabe ta’ pāṣaṇḍī-gaṇe karila dalana
ahovala-nṛsiṁhādi kaila daraśana


tabe ta’-thereafter; pāṣaṇḍī-gaṇe—unto the atheists; karila—did; dalana—subduing; ahovala-nṛsiṁha-ādi—Nṛsiṁhadeva, named Ahovala or at Ahovala; kaila—did; daraśana—visit.


After visiting the temple of Trimalla, or Tripadī, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu had to subdue some atheists. He then visited the temple of Ahovala-nṛsiṁha.


This Ahovala temple is situated in Dākṣiṇātya, in the district of Karṇula, within the subdivision of Sārbela. Throughout the whole district this very famous temple is much appreciated by the people. There are eight other temples also, and all of them together are called the Nava-nṛsiṁha temples. There is much wonderful architecture and artistic engraving work in these temples. However, as stated in the local gazette, the Karṇula Manual, the work is not complete.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Madhya-lila : Madhya 1: The Later Pastimes of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu : Madhya 1.106



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