Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Yadarigutta

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Another famous abode of Lord Narasimha in Andrapradesh.

Basically, this is a cave temple, on top of the Yadagiri hill. However, recent additions made it to appear as a typical Dravidian temple with lofty Gopuras etc…

The specialty is that Lord Narasimha is worshipped in his five forms at this temple; as Jwala Narasimha, Yoga Narasimha, Lakshmi Narasimha, Ugra Narasimha and Gandabherunda Narasimha.

These forms indicate the manifestation of different moods of the Lord. In Jwala Narasimha he is represented by fire, not easily approachable to an ordinary devotee. As Ugra Narasimha he is depicted in his fierce form, again not recommended to the ordinary devotee. In Ghandabherunda form the lord is visible only to the highest spiritually enlightened souls, once again not for the ordinary deity.

The remaining two forms, Yoga Narasimha amd Lakshmi Narasimha are the two popular forms of Lord Narasimha. As Yoga Narasimha, he is depicted as Yogi; an ordinary devotee can very much approach him.

However, his form as the Lakshmi Narasimha is the most auspicious. In that he is depicted as a family man, with his consort Goddess Lakshmi.

The temple has images, carved out of rock, for all these forms except to Gandabherunda form. Gandabherunda form is represented by an ever lit lamp in the sanctorum.

With the passage of time the temple became popular as Lakshmi Narasimha temple.

Legend is that a sage called Yadarishi meditated at this hill to get darshan of Lord Narasimha. The Lord appeared to him in five forms.

The temple was a well-known spot for meditation in ancient time.

Yadagiri is about 70 kilometers from Hyderabad.

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