Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple or simply known as Yadadri or Yadagirigutta temple. It is situated on a hillock in the small town of Yadagirigutta in the Yadadri Bhuvanagiri, Telangana, Bharat. The temple is an abode of Narasimha, an incarnation of Shree Vishnu.
The temple is positioned on a small hill called Yadagirigutta that is where the temple gets its name from. The temple is visited by approximately 5000-8000 devotees everyday, the sole reason that so many people visit the temple in a day is its location near the capital of the state. Saturdays and Sundays are the days that have the most amounts of pilgrims visiting the Yadagirigutta Temple for performing various kinds of aarti and pujas.
Sree Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Vari Devastanam
Situated on a beautiful hillock in the Yadagirigutta Town, Yadagirigutta Temple or Sree Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Vari Devastanam is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy. Lord Narasimha is also known as Yadagiri, hence the temple came to known as Yadagirigutta.
According to Skanda Purana, Yada Maharishi, son of venerated Maharshi Rishyasringa performed penance here to Lord Vishnu as Narasimha. Being pleased with his penance lord appeared before him and manifested himself in five forms: Sri Jwala Narasimha, Sri Yogananda, Sri Gandabherunda, Sri Ugra and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. These five forms are presently worshipped within the temple. Hence the temple is known as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram. Yada Maharishi begged Narasimha to remain on the hill in these forms. For this reason, the Lakshmi-Narasimhadeva temple on the hilltop has deities of Narasimha in all five forms embedded in stone in the main cave.
Yadagirigutta Temple Significance
It is said that the place received its name after a scholar who meditated to the lord Narasimha, and the deity gave darshan to the man in three of his Narasimha forms after he was pleased by the devotional act. The deity was asked by the devotee to reside on the hillock in the three forms that he saw himself. This is the reason that the temple has all these forms of Narasimha in it.
As the temple is located on a hilltop one has to take a long staircase to reach it, it is also believed that when a pilgrim goes to the Yadagirigutta Temple with a sincere heart his or her wishes are always fulfilled.
There is another legend following the earlier story behind the foundation of the Yadagirigutta Temple Timings, it is said that after the scholar achieved salvation, some tribals started strange and wrong ways of worship after hearing the story of the scholar and the three Narasimha forms as they had little knowledge about religion.
Having encountered this improper way of worship the Lakshmi Narasimha moved away to the hill. The deity emerged in the dream of pious lady of the tribe and led her to a cave where he unveiled himself into 5 forms of Narasimha.
Things You Must Keep in Mind While Visiting Yadagirigutta Temple
When one visits the temple they should keep in mind that they must not intend to worship any deity other than the Narasimha Swamy. One is advised not to ever spit or smoke within the premises of the temple as it is a place of worship and devotion.
One is not supposed to eat non-vegetarian cuisine near temple, carrying a weapon is also unadvisable. One is also suggested not to promote vagabond by giving money or food. Wearing any kind of headgear is also not suggested. One is supposed to go barefoot into the premises of the temple.
One is highly encouraged to pray to the five forms of Narasimha Swamy before making the pilgrimage to the Yadagirigutta Temple; one is advised to donate some alms in the donation box of the temple. One should make sure to enquire about the timings of the poojas and the temple as a whole from the Devasthanam inquiry center.
Places Near Yadagirigutta Temple
Yadagirigutta Temple is a popular Sanatan Temple of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation Sri Vishnu. It is situated on a hillock in the Yadagirigutta Town, of Bhuvana Yadadri District, Telangana,
When someone makes an intention of making the pilgrimage to the temple one must also keep in mind there are various other temples that they can make a pilgrimage to, temples like Puskarini Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple that is situated on the top of the hill, Sri Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple that is located at the entrance of the eastern side on the hilltop, and the Sri Ramalayan Temple that is also situated on the hill. One may also visit the place of worship where the jain pilgrim gather to pray to Bhagavan Sri Swethamber that is situated 6 km away in Alair Mandal.