22 Nov 2011

Pilgrimage with Swami Vishwananda - 5th part

The next place where the group with Swami Vishwananda went is Ahobilam, about 400 km south of Hyderabad, (8 hours by bus).
The landscape is green, with hills and valleys and a lot of waterfalls and a deep dark forest.
Ahobilam is the place where Lord Narasimha appeared. There are 9 different Narasimha Temples in this aera.


According to legends it is believed that when the Devas saw the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as half-lion, half-man, they shouted "Ahobala" (great strength) as well as "Ahobila" (a great cave in which the current sanctum is). Hence, the place can be called either "Ahobalam" or "Ahobilam". The mention of this place is present in the Brahmanda Purana.

The place where Lord Narayana appeared from the stone pillar to kill Hiranyakashipu can be seen in this place. The name of this pillar is Ugra Sthambha, which is now referred to as “Ukku Sthambha” in Telugu, which incorrectly translates to iron pillar.

Prayer to Lord Narasimha:

durgesv atavy-aji-mukhadishu prabhuh
payan nrisimha shura-yuthaparihi
vimunchato yasya mahatta-hasam
disho vinedur hyapatamsh cha garbhaha
"May Lord Nrisimhadeva, who appeared as the enemy of Hiranyakashipu, protect me in all directions. May that Lord be kind enough to protect me in difficult places like the forest and battlefront."