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About Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam Temple is also known as Simhadri temple. The temple derives its name from two Sanskrit words, “Simha” meaning lion and “Achala” meaning hill. Therefore, built on the top of the hill, the temple is dedicated to incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is called Simhachalam. The folk believe that Lord Narasimha saved child Prahlada from evil tortures of his father, Hiranyakasipu. Simhachalam Temple is among the eighteen shrines of Lord Narasimha in India. These shrines are called ‘NarasimhaKshetras’. The idol of Lord Narasimha in the temple is in tribhangi posture. It resembles the head of lion on a human frame. The idol is coated with sandalwood paste in the year. The ‘Nijaroopadarshan’ of deity can be seen for 12 hours in the month of May every year. Then it is again covered with fresh sandalwood paste. The eve is celebrated as Chandanotsavam festival. Large flocks of devotees visit the temple during the festival to seek the divinely blessings of Narasimha. The temple faces the west direction and has fine collection of Kalinga architecture. The inscriptions in the temple date back to the 11th and 12th century. The area around the temple has coverage of mango trees, shrubs and cashew trees.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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