Yadagirigutta Temple also known as Lakshmi Narasimha Temple / Yadadri Temple, is a Hindu temple situated in Nalgonda district, Telangana, India.
The temple is dedicated to Sri Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The number of pilgrims visiting this temple is very high since it is situated near the capital city.
History of Yadagirigutta Temple
In Tretayugam, there lived a sage by the name of Yadarishi, son of the great sage Rishyasrunga and Santa Devi who did penance inside a cave with the blessings of Anjaneya (Hanuman).
On this hill between Bhongir (Bhuvanagiri) and Raigiri (Now in Nalgonda district of Telangana, India).
Pleased with his deep devotion, Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared before him in five different forms as Sri JwalaNarasimha ,Sri Yogananda, SriGandabherunda, Sri Ugra and Sri Lakshminarasimha.
All these five forms (roopas) are presently worshipped within the temple. They later manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms that later came to be worshiped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram.
There are Purana and traditional accounts of this Shrine, which are widely popular among the devotees. There is mention about the origin of this temple in the Skanda Purana, one of the famous 18 puranas.
Glowing bright atop the sikharam of garbha griha (Sanctum Sanctorum) of this cave temple is the golden Sudarshana Chakra (about 3 ft x 3ft) of Lord Vishnu (whose reincarnation is Lord Narasimha).
The adornment as well as the weapon is a symbol this temple is identified by from as far away as 6 km.
It is said that many years ago the chakra moved in the direction from which the devotees came as if like a compass guiding them towards the temple.
The Chakra Considered to posses mystic power and value, at times turns on its own ; no human hand is capable of turning it.
Another Legend also has it that Sriman Narayana, pleased with Yada’s penance, sent Sri Anjaneya to direct the rishi to a holy spot, where the Lord appeared to him in the form of Sri LakshmiNarasimha.
This spot is marked by a temple located at the foot of the Yadagiri hillock, and is located about 5 km from the present temple. There the sage worshiped the Lord for many years.
After Yadarishi attained moksha, a number of tribals, hearing of the Lord’s presence, came to worship Him at this temple. But, not being very learned, these devotees began to engage in improper worship.
Because of this, Sri LakshmiNarasimha moved into to the hills. The tribals searched for many years to find their Lord, to no avail.
After many years had passed, the Lord appeared in the dream of a devout lady among the tribe. Directing her to a large cavern wherein He revealed Himself to all as five majestic Avatars.
The Aradhanam and Puja in this temple are performed according to Pancharatra Agamam. The puja vidhanam (Puja procedure) was set by Late Sri Vangeepuram Narasimhacharyulu.
Who composed Yadagiri Suprabhatam, Prapatti, Stotram, Mangalashasanam and served as Sthanacharya of this temple.
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Architecture of Yadagirigutta Temple
The temple has followed the Thenkalai tradition of the Vaishnava Agama Shastras mostly observed in South India. The main architect of the temple was Anand Sai with lead architect P Madhusudhan. They were chosen for there understanding of ancient designs and Agama Shastras.
- The temple is built entirely in stone. Three types of stones are being used for the temple.
- Krishna Shila is used for presiding deities in the sanctum sanctorum.
- Stree Shila for idols of Goddesses.
- Napusaka Sila for flooring and walls.
- Black granite stone is also used similar to the temple architecture of the Kakatiya Dynasty in Telangana.
- The temple was earlier built on 2 acres but now the base for the temple is 14 acres.
- Address: Yadadri Temple Ghat Rd, Gandhi Nagar, Yadagiripally, Telangana 508115
- District: Yadadri Bhuvanagiri
- Architecture: Dravidian architecture
- Festivals: Brahmotsavam, Jayanti, Swathi Nakshatram
- Deity: Sri Narasimha
- Entry Fee: Nil
- VIP Darshan: 150 INR
- Temple Timings : 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM , 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
- Time Required : 1 hour
- Best Time to Visit: October to March
- Photography: Not allowed inside
Yadagirigutta Temple Darshanam Timings
|4-00 am to 4-30 am||Suprabhatam|
|4-30 am to 5-00 am||Binde teertam|
|5-00 am to 5-30 am||Bala Bogam|
|5-30 am to 6-30 am||Nijabhishekam|
|6-30 am to 7-15 am||Archna|
|7-15 am to 11-30 am||Darshnamas (All)|
|11-30 am to 12-30 am||Maharaja Bogamu|
|12-30 am to 3-pm||Darshanams|
|03-00 pm to 04-00 pm||Dwarabandanamu|
|4-00 pm to 5-00 pm||Special Darshnams|
|5-00 pm to 7-00 pm||Darshnamas (All)|
|7-00 pm to 7-30pm||Aaradhana|
|7-30 pm to 8-15 pm||Archana|
|8-15 pm to 9 -00 pm||Darshnamas (All)|
|9-00 pm to 9-30 pm||Maha nivedhana|
|9-30 pm to 9-45 pm||Shayanostavams|
|9-45 pm||Temple close|
Do’s And Dont’s
• Pray Lord Pancha Narasimha Swamy varu before pilgrimage to Yadagirigutta.
• Do contact Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for pooja details etc.
• Do concentrate on Lord Narasimha Swamy Varu and Goddess Andal Ammavaru inside the temple &Kshetrapalaka Anjaneya Swamy Varu.
• Don’t come to Yadagirigutta for any purpose other than worshipping of Sri Swamy Varu and Ammavaru.
• Kindly don’t smoke at Yadagirigutta temple surroundings.
• Please Don’t consume alcoholic drinks at Yadagirigutta temple surroundings.
• Don’t eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshethra.
How To Reach Yadagirigutta Temple?
The nearest international airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport from the temple. Other domestic airports nearby are Begumpet Airport and Nadargul Airfield.
The nearest railway station is Raigir (about 5 km) and Wangapalli (7 km). After getting off from the train, one can take an auto-rickshaw or tanga to the temple.
APSRTC & TSRTC runs plenty of buses from Hyderabad to Yadadri. You will find buses almost every 30 minutes. TSRTC is also running Volvo A/c buses to Yadagiri.
The current charge is Rs. 112 per adult and it takes around 1.5 hours to reach Yadagiri
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