Varaha Narasimha Swami Temple - Tourist Places of Andhra Pradesh

About Varaha Narasimha Swami Temple

Varaha Narasimha Swami temple or Simhachalam temple lies 16 kms. away from Vishakhapatnam, which is an 11th century temple  dedicated to Lord Varaha narasimha. This is the only temple in the country where Shri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami- who is a combination of the third and fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu- appears.  The hill top on which it is situated is known as 'Simhagiri' or ' Lion's hill'.

How to reach

By Air : The nearest airport is at Vishakhapatnam, which is well connected with flights from major cities.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is Vishakhapatnam Railway Station. It is well connected with trains to all important destinations like New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar etc.
By Road : There are frequent buses operated between Vizag and Simhachalam and the main bus stand is at Vishakhapatnam. APSRTC operates buses to all important towns/cities in Andhra Pradesh like, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Tirupati and so on. There is bus facility from the foot of the hill to the temple for every 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • When to visit
  • This place can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to visit would be October to May.

  • What to eat
  • The nearest town of Visakhapatnam has lots to offer in terms of good eating out options, so tourists don't have to search frantically for satisfying their hunger.

  • Attractions
  • The temple architecture represents a combination of Odisha and Dravidian style, the architecture of the temple is a combination of that of Konark's Sun Temple, those of Chalukyas and the Cholas. The Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple faces west, unlike many temples that face east. It is believed that while an east-facing shrine brings prosperity, a west-facing one ushers in victory.  The deity image resembles a Shivalingam covered with sandal paste. It is only once a year, during the Chandana Visarjana that the sandal paste is removed, and the image is seen by pilgrims.The Kalyana Mandapa within the temple has 16 pillars with bas relief depicting the incarnations of Vishnu.

  • Activities
  • Visiting the temple, worshipping the deity, explore the beautiful architectural style of the temple,and learn the interesting history attached with it and also visiting the nearby sights and spots of attractions in and around Visakhapatnam like Ramakrishna beach, Rushikonda beach, Dolphin's nose, INS kursura submarine museum, etc. to name a few.

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