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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Lord Ranganathar In An Unusual Posture Facing Devotees - Sri Nava Narasimha Swamy Temple - Avaniyapuram, Tiruvannamalai

At Avaniyapuram, Lord Narasimha is found in a small cave (technically known as kudavarai koil). A three-tier Rajagopuram welcomes beckons one with its grace and grandeur. We first pay obeisance to Anjaneya before entering the shrine of Lord Narasimha. There is Yoga Narasimha in the same hill at a higher altitude where Lord Venkateswara is housed. Here Lord Narasimha is in a sitting posture, Mahalakshmi Thayar seated on his left thigh. His left arm is around His Consort and His right hand is in abyaha hasta position. His upper hands are holding the chakra and the conch. The unique feature in this temple is that Mahalakshmi Thayar has the face of a lioness. The utsava idol of Lord Narasimha also has the face of a lion. He has four hands and is in standing position flanked on either side by Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.

Lord Ranganathar In An Unusual Posture Facing Devotees
Lord Ranganathar In An Unusual Posture
The temple is in two levels - on the first level there is the Narasimha shrine and on the second level there is Lord Venkateshwara shrine. Behind the Venkateshwara shrine, in a cave like structure the three shrines of Narasimha, Varadarajar and Ranganathar are found in a row. This beautiful temple is on a small hillock in two tiers. The first tier has Lord Lakshmi Narsimhar, Alarmel mangai thayar and Pancha Narasimhar sannadhis. There is a small Garuda sannadhi inside the temple and Anjaneya sannadhi outside the main sannadhi in the first tier. The second tier has sannadhis for Lord Srinivasar, Sholingur Narsimhar, Varadaraja perumal and Ranganatha perumal. In this moolavar sannadhi, thayar in the lap of Lord Narsimhar also has a Lion face in this temple. The day the goddess got the Lion face from the Lord is celebrated once in 60 years. Lord Narasimhar is said to have appeared here in the form of five Divyadesam lords for Brighu Maharishi.

Closer View Of Lord Ranganathar In An Unusual Posture
Closer View Of Lord Ranganathar In An Unusual Posture
Avani means lion in Sanskrit and hence the name ‘AvaniNarayanapuram and now is Avaniyapuram. During the time of Thretha Yuga Lord Brahma was doing the yaga and at that time from the yaga’s fire Lord Narasimha has appeared in front of him. Due to the heat lord doesn’t had the face when he come up. Seeing this Mahalakshmi Thayar told to Narasimhar that how you will give darshan to bhaktas without face hence please grant me your face to me. Pleased by the Thayar lord gives his face and hence in this Kshetra Thayar with lion face giving darshan to all and this day is celebrated once in 60 Years of Sarvadhari Samvathsarm Aani Month 9th day. Only on this day 4 types of nevedhya prasadam will be offered to lords of this hill temple. For Mahalakshmi Thayar – Sakkarai Pongal ; For Narashimhar – Puliyotharai ; For Srinivasa Perumal – Curd Rice and For Yoga Narashimhar – Ven Pongal. One more is, Lord Narasimha had given darshan to Brigu Maharishi in the form of five Divya desa deities viz Tirupathi Balaji, Sholingur Narasimhar, Kanchi Varadaraja Perumal, Srirangam Ranganathar, and the Ahobilam Nava Narasimhars.

Nava Narasimhar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Avaniyapuram Village in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. This Temple is also called as Dakshina Ahobilam. It is a small hill with temples at 2 tiers and about 200 steps to climb. Steps can be easily climbed by even older persons also. The first tier has Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar, Alarmel Mangai Thayar and Pancha Narasimhar Sannadhis. The second tier has Sannadhis for Lord Venkateswarar, Sholingur Narasimhar, Varadaraja perumal and Ranganatha Perumal. Avaniyapuram is located at about 20 kms from Cheyyar and is on a small hillock.

Steps Leading To Temple
Steps Leading To Temple

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings : 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Avaniyapuram is located at about 16 kms away from Arani, 75 kms from Thiruvannamalai and 25 kms from Vandavasi. The temple is located on the Vandavasi - Arani highway. The temple is located at about 135 kms from Chennai. The best route from Chennai is to take the GST road and take the right towards Uthiramerur. Proceed towards Kanchipuram road and take the left towards Vandavasi. After reaching Vandavasi, take the right towards Arani and exactly at the 26th km from Vandavasi, there is an arch on the left with the board of Avaniyapuram. The temple is about 1.4 kms from the Arch. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvannamalai and Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple,
Tiruvannamalai District,
Pin Code : 604 504
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 94860 46206 ; 96295 40448 ; 99417 56271

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