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Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple Timings and History

Ahobilam is a small town situated in the Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple deity is Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. Ahobilam is a picturesque town sitting pretty in the lap of nature.

Adi Lakshmi Devi Temple and Chenchu Lakshmi Devi are also there in the temple. Let’s get to know about Ahobilam temple timing, history, entry fees and other details.

It is the centre for the worship of Narasimha, the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu with the body of a man and the head of a lion.

There are nine temples dedicated to Shri Narasimha in Lower and Upper Ahobilam, giving the name “Nava Narasimha Kshetra’. The temple is called Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple.

Ahobilam Temple Timings

The Ahobilam Temple darshan timings for all days are given below.

Lower Ahobilam Temple Timings (Diguva)

Morning6:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Upper Ahobilam Temple Timings (Eguva)

Morning7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple opening and Closing Timings

Ahobilam TempleOpening TimeClosing Time
Upper Ahobilam Temple (Eguva)7:00 AM7:00 PM
Lower Ahobilam Temple (Diguva)6:30 AM8:00 PM
Lunch Gap ( All Temples)One-hourOne-hour

Ahobilam Narasimha Temple Darshan Duration

The Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple is open for darshan at specific times on different days. The temple is not open for darshan throughout the day; the temple trust has specified fixed darshan times during which devotees are allowed to have darshan.

DaysTiminigs
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday10 to 15 Minutes
Saturday, Sunday20 to 30 Minutes
Festival Days30 to 45 Minutes

Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple Entry Ticket

The entry ticket for the Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple is Rs. 50 per person.

Ahobilam Temple official Website

https://www.ahobilamutt.org/

Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple Seva List

Weekly Sevas

  • Ammavari Abhishekam
  • Uyyala Seva

Monthly Seva

  • Panchaparva Uthsavam: Ekadasi, Poornima, Swathy and Amavasya

Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple Seva Ticket Cost

Seva NamesTicket Cost
Saswatha Abhishekam, Saswatha PujaRs. 1500
Pavutrotsava Pooja, Dasara Navaraatrula PujaRs. 500
Saswatha KalyanamRs. 20000
Nava Narasimha AbhishekamRs. 2000
DarshanamRs. 10
Panaka Seva, Abhishekam, Dhanurama PujaRs. 200
Special Darshan, Vastra SevaRs. 50
Vahana SevaRs. 1500
KesakandanaRs. 10
SahasranamarchanaRs. 100
Aaku PujaRs. 200
Thomala Seva, Neyyi DheepamRs. 500
Vivaha KattadiRs. 200
Kalyanotsavam, Sudharshana HomamRs. 3000
Addalamandapa SevaRs. 2000
RathosavamRs. 2000
GramotsavamRs. 2000
PuttuventrukaluRs. 20

Ahobilam Temple History

Ahobilam Temple - Sri Narsimhaswamy

Hiranyakashipu’s Palace

Hiranyakashipu was a demon king who had terrorised the world for a long time. His brother Hiranyaksha had been killed by Lord Vishnu in an earlier Avatar of Varaha.

Hiranyakashipu, because of a boon granted by Lord Brahma, could not be killed by a man or beast, in the day or at night, not inside a house or outside, not in the sky or on earth, and not by any weapon.

Bhakta Prahlad was his son and an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Despite repeated attempts by Hiranyakashipu, Bhakta Prahlad would not be deterred from his path of Bhakti. Hiranyakashipu even tried to kill him several times but failed, as the Lord protected his devotees.

The area where Ahobilam is now situated was once the location of Demon King Hiranyakashipu’s Palace and Nagar. This was the palace where Shri Narasimha emerged from a pillar and killed Hiranyakashipu after a fierce battle.

Nature took its course and several mountains and hills came to be formed, thus preserving the area where Lord Vishnu appeared. It is now known as Nava Narasimha Kshetra. The mention of Ahobilam can be found in numerous Puranas and other religious texts.

The 9 (Nava) Narasimha Temples Ahobilam

The Nava Narasimha Temples are as follows:

  • Bhargava Narasimha(Surya)
  • Jwala Narasimha(Kuja)
  • Paavana Narasimha(Buda)
  • Ugra Narasimha(Guru)
  • Karanja Narasimha(Shukra)
  • Yogananda Narasimha(Shani)
  • Chatravata Narasimha(Chandra)
  • Varaha Narasimha(Rahu)
  • Malola Narasimha(Ketu)

All these temples are located at various distances up in the hills and within a 5 km radius of Lower Ahobilam. They can be reached by walking. The treks are much easier now, compared to the older ones.

Lower Ahobilam (Diguva) Temple

The town area’s main temple, Lower Ahobilam, is dedicated to Prahladavarada. This means ‘The Lord who always blesses and protects Prahlada’. The temple is surrounded by three Prakaras and has some Mandapams in the adjoining areas.

In the temple’s sanctum, the Utsav Murtis of some temples up in the hills are kept. This is because of the difficulty of the daily worship of those temples. A little distance from the Narasimha temple is a shrine dedicated to Sri Venkateswara. On the temple grounds, there is a Vijaya Stambha, which was built to mark the victories of King Krishnadevaraya.

Ugra Stambham Ahobilam

Ugra Stambham is a cleft in the rock face of a mountain and it is believed this is the pillar Shri Narasimha emerged to kill Hiranyakashipu. It is located about 7 km from Lower Ahobilam.

Prahlad Temple

Prahlada Mettu is a small shrine in a cave dedicated to Prahlada Narasimha Swamy. It is located a short distance from Ugra Stambham. A small Murti of Bhakta Prahlad is enshrined in the cave.

Ahobilam Brahmotsavam

Brahmotsavam is celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm in Ahobilam. This happens in February/March. The whole town takes on a festive look and the celebrations last ten days. The temple has several chariots and these are used to take Bhakta Prahlada in procession around the town.

Best Time to Visit Ahobilam Temple

The best time to visit Ahobilam Temple is from June to July and from October to December.

Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Trek

The Ahobilam Trekking time is 10 hours. The operational timings of the package are from 7 AM to 5 PM. You’ll visit four temples (Jwala Narasimha, Ahobila Narasimha, Malola Narasimha and Varaha Narasimha) in upper Ahobilam and three temples in lower Ahobilam. The remaining two temples are located inside the forest. The Ahobilam temple timing is provided above in this blog.

Ahobilam Temple Caves

“The mountain on which Garuda performed Tapascharya became famous as Garudachala. In the days of yore when truth and dharma prevailed, great heat was observable near the mountain- the cave of Ahobilam.

According to legend when green grass was put in the cave, it would catch fire and smoke would be emitted.

Several great Rishis lived there for a time; after some time with the knowledge that great places would become common Janapadas in the Kali age, they left for northern lands, covering up the Narasimha cave with boulders. Traditionally therefore this place is called the Narasimha Kshetra.

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Ahobilam Temple Distance

Ahobilam Narasimha Temple Distance from different places are given below. Check it before planning your trip to Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple.

  • Diguva ahobilam to eguva ahobilam distance – 8 km
  • Lower ahobilam to upper ahobilam distance – 8 km
PlacesDistance
Bangalore342 km
Kurnool140 km
Nandyal63 km
Chennai364 km
Hyderabad354 km
Mahanandi73 km
Cuddapah92 km
Yerraguntla73 km

How to Reach Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple

By Road

By Road

You can get direct buses to APTDC from Kapada, Kurnool and other major cities.

By Train

By Train

From Ahobilam, the nearest railway station is Nandyal junction, about 63 km from the Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple.

By Air

By Air

The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad which is 338 km from Ahobilam Temple.

Also Read: Top Places to Visit in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

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