Sunday, 11 June 2017

Lord Lakshmi Narasimha With His Consort On His Right Lap (Usually She Will Be On The Left Lap) - Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple - Singiri, Vellore

It is an exclusive shrine for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and is believed to be at least 1,000 years old. This 10th century shrine is said to have been built by the local chieftain, Rajavarman, at the behest of Lord Narasimha, who appeared in his dream. The temple is on a small hillock, which is nearly 80 to 90 feet high and can be reached after climbing about 50 steps. As per the inscriptions around the sanctum sanctorum, this is a 1300 years old temple built during Pallava Rayar period by the King Nandhi Varman.

View Of Singiri Narasimha Temple With The River
View Of Singiri Narasimha Temple With The River
It situated at a distance of about 25 km from Vellore and is off the main road from Vellore to Polur. A tiny river flowing in front of the temple and we have to cross the river by foot. The temple will be closed if the river flows in full stream and this happens for about a week in a year. There is another Lakshmi Narasimhar temple at a place called Singiri Kudi (also called Singiri Koil) in the Pondicherry – Cuddalore route which is a very popular one. So beware that there are two places in the name of Singiri Koil and both of them have Lakshmi Narasimhar temples (!).

View Of Singiri Narasimha Temple Hill
View Of Singiri Narasimha Temple Hill
The sanctum sanctorum was quite big with the Lakshmi Narasimhar in sitting posture in Santha roopam with Goddess Lakshmi on His right lap (usually He will have His consort on His left lap). The Lord is about 6 feet high with four hands – two hands hold the conch and the chakra, third (left) hand is on His lap and the fourth (right) hand is around the waist of Goddess Lakshmi. The adornment for the Lord and the sanctum sanctorum were so beautiful that anybody without much devotion will easily fall in love with the deity.

Closer View Of Singiri Narasimha Temple
Closer View Of Singiri Narasimha Temple
There is a separate shrine for Sri Anjaneya, who is known here as Sri Bala Anjaneya. The idol is one foot high. Bala Anjaneya, who appears like a small child is believed to bestow the boon of parenthood to the childless. The temple also has a separate shrine for Sri Garuda. There is a big rock at the back of the sanctum sanctorum and so the praharam is a little narrow on this side. From the hillock top, it was a beautiful scenic sight all around with green fields, river and lot of hills.

Singiri Kovil Narasimha Temple
Singiri Kovil Narasimha Temple
The Lord with Goddess Lakshmi seated on his right lap is a unique spectacle. This inimitable posture of the Lord and the Goddess is the main attraction of the Temple. Narasimha Jayanthi, Vaikunda Ekadesi, Ratha Sapthami, Tamil and English New Year and Purattasi Saturdays are celebrated at this temple at Singri. Thirumanjanam is performed on every Swathi Nakshatram, which is the birth star of Narasimha.

Main Deity Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
Main Deity Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 09:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 05:00 PM To 06:30 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

This Singiri Koil is on the Vellore – Polur (Thiruvannamalai) route and is about 5 kms west of Kannamangalam (which is a big town). While coming from Vellore, after Vellore Govt Medical College and Nelvoy, we should branched off to the right (towards west) at a place called Kaniyambadi. This road branches off to the left after a few kms. There is a small board here for the temple but you have to be watchful not to miss it. This goes through a place called Keezh Arasmapat to Singiri Koil. Kannamangalam is 20 km from Vellore and 28 km from Polur on the Vellore – Polur route.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Lakshmi Narashima Swamy Temple,
Singrikoil,
Vellore,
Pin Code : 632 312,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 94430 99043

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