Friday, 2 June 2017

Rare Portrayal Of Three Narasimhas In A Single Sanctum Sanctorum - Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple - Singirikudi, Cuddalore

Sage Vashista was liberated from his curse at this place. Prahalada had darshan here of Lakshmi Narasimha after having visited Devanathan at Thiru Vahindrapuram. As desired by his devotee Prahladha, Lord Narasimha graces in a huge form with 16 hands in the sanctum sanctorum along with Yoga Narasimha and Bala Narasimha in small forms. It is rare to see three Narasimhas gracing from a single shrine.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Rajagopuram
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Rajagopuram
The temple has the reputation of renovations by Rajaraja Chola and kings of Vijayanagar. The five tier Rajagopuram (Main Tower) has seven Kalasas facing west and tall flag post called Dwajastamba. Mother Kanakavalli graces from a separate shrine facing east. Subsequent to his visiting Thiru Vahindrapuram Divya Desam for a darshan of Lord Devanathan, Prahalada is believed to have come North to Singiri Kudi to invoke the blessings of Ugra Narasimha.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Tank
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Tank
Nimi Chakravarthy, who belonged to the Surya Dynasty, wanted to perform a Yagna invoking Indra and to gain further powers. Vashishta, the preceptor of the Surya Dynasty, was not too keen on this and backed out citing non availability on that day. Nimi who had made up his mind to perform the Yagna reached out to Kousika Rishi to be present and lead this yagna. After its completion, Vashista returned only to find Nimi asleep. Angered that Nimi had gone ahead and performed the Yagna despite him announcing his non availability and also with him not coming out to receive the Sage, Vashista pronounced a curse whereby the body and soul were separated. On waking up, Nimi expressed unhappiness that his Guru had cursed him while he was asleep.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Kodimaram
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Kodimaram
In an interesting twist, the King, who through his various yagnas had gained powers to curse anyone, cursed his own Guru separating his body and soul as well. Nimi felt that having separated his soul from the physical body he need not revive his life and he expressed the wish that he should have darshan of the Lord through the devotees. Vashista on the other hand sought the help of Brahmma to liberate him from the curse. As directed by Brahma, he undertook penance at the Krishnaranya Kshetram of Singiri Kudi. Pleased with his prayers, Lakshmi and Narasimha provided darshan to him here and liberated him from the curse.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Vimanam
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Vimanam
In Narasimha temples, the Lord known for his furious nature, generally graces with Mahalakshmi on His lap. In some places, the Lord graces as Yoga Narasimha calmly being alone. In the Singiri Kudi temple in Cuddalore district, Lord Narasimha appears very furiously with 16 hands as at the time of destroying Hiranya. As He killed Hiranya facing west, here too the Lord is facing west. On the left of Narasimha is Hiranya’s wife Neelavathi and are three demons seeking His darshan, Prahladha, Sukra and sage Vasista on the right. Yoga Narasimha and Bala Narasimha in small form face the north. This is a rare portrayal of three Narasimhas in a single Sanctum Sanctorum. It is said that such a form could be seen only in Tamilnadu and Rajasthan.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
The three Narasimha temples of Parikkal (Near Villupuram off the Trichy National Highway), Poovaran Kuppam ( off the Panruti Highway) and Singiri Kudi are in a straight way from West to East. It is said that it is auspicious to visit all the three temples on the same day.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 07:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM To 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Located 2kms West of Thavalai Kuppam off the Pondicherry-Cuddalore National Highway is the Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Singiri Kudi, Abhishekapakkam where Lord Narasimha is seen in an angry sitting posture facing the West towards the other two Narasimha temples at Poovarasankuppam and Parikkal. Take the Pondicherry-Cuddalore bus. Get down at Thavalai Kuppam (10kms from Pondy), Auto are available from here to Singiri Kudi.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Lakshmi Narashima Swamy Temple,
Singirikudi,
Cuddalore,
Pin Code : 605 007,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 0413 2618759

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