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Temple of Lord Varaha Narasimha Swamy, Simhachalam
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The Historic Temple at the Simhachalam, built in the 11th Century, where the Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami's temple is located, resembles the rich cultural heritage Visakhapatnam holds. Located on the Hill top, at a height of 244 mts, popularly called the Hill of the Lion Lord, is the temple of Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Sri Narasimha Swami varu. This great temple built in the 11th century by the King Sri Krishnadevarayam, is one of its kind in the country. Inscriptions on the temple date back to 1098 AD.

Millions of devotees from round the world visit this temple every year especially during the Chandanotsavam Festival Season. On the annual ritual Chandanotsavam day, the Lord is covered with a new fresh layer of Sandalwood.

History says that Prahlada - a devotee of Lord Vishnu was being tortoured by his father. Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Lord Nrusimha kills Prahlada's father and saves the child.

Dharmapuri Sheshachari wrote the Narasimha Satakam - a collection of poems on the Lord.

Reaching Simhachalam

One can reach Simhachalam from almost any where in Vizag. If you get down at the Waltair Railway Station, you can visit Simhachalam by Bus ( 6A ) or hire a Cab.

Busses numbered 6A and 40 start from the Dwaraka Bus Station ( APSRTC Complex ).

If starting from Gajuwaka, you can get Bus numbered 55. And if you want to start from Maddilipalem, get the bus numbered 540.

If you like to have a more comfortable journey, hiring a cab is always a good idea.

Reaching the Hill Top

You can take up the steps path to reach to the Temple. However, if you and also take up a bus. Simhachalam Devasthanam runs Simhadri Bus Service to take you to the hill top from the foothill. Busses will be available for every 10 minutes and ticket costs Rs. 6/- per adult and Rs. 3/- for a child. The fares are nominal and is worth to go on bus if you are not a professional driver since the roads to the hill are narrow and curviest.

Fares for using Private Vehicles to reach hill top
Scooter Rs. 5/-
Car Rs. 20/-
Jeep Rs. 25/-
Lorry Rs. 75/-
Empty Lorry Rs. 50/-
Empty Van Rs. 30/-
Loaded Van Rs. 40/-
Mini Bus Rs. 75/-
Simhachalam Photo Gallery
Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy

Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy
Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam Temple
Entrance of Simhachalam Temple

Entrance of Simhachalam Temple
Simhachalam in News

Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy Chandana Yatra falls on May 11, 2005 External Website

All Andhra Sadhu Parishad Conference from March 28
Conference to be held at Simhachalam

Teppotsavam at Simhachalam observed
Anand Gajapati Raju and family offer special pooja

Simhachalam temple to file criminal cases against land grabbers
Authorities avert attempt to grab 42 acres of land

Fire accident atop Simhachalam
16 shops guttered to ash

Simhachalam Devasthanam ornaments to be put on display