Yadagirigutta – Location and Significance of the Yadadri Temple
Yadadri is once known as Yadagirigutta and the 8 hills surrounding it are called Navagiri. In the year 2017, the ancient holy temple has been remodeled. The chief minister gave his nod for the development of Yadadri. The finalization has been done by watching the 3D photos of models of various constructions. The chief minister, KCR added that the Yadadri temple complex was renovated using ‘Krishna Sila’ (black stone), and around 500 sculptors were engaged in carving the rock.
Yadadri temple is dedicated to Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple is situated on a hillock in the Nalgonda district, Telangana, Yadagirigutta at a distance of 6 KM from Riagir Railway station and at a distance of 13 KM from Bhongir Town and 60 kilometers from the city of Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana. Yadagirigutta is a unique, beautiful, and pleasant Hillock with a moderate Climate in all seasons.
Many devotees/pilgrims visit the temple to worship Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy since it is situated near the capital city. Every day 5000-8000 pilgrims on average visit this temple for offering their vows, performing of saswata pujas, saswata kalyanam, LakshaTulasi Pujas, Abhisekam, etc. Moreover, devotees/pilgrims arrive in large volumes on Saturdays, Sundays, and other Public Holidays.
History of the temple
The Lord appeared in the dream of a tribal man directing her to a large cavern wherein he revealed himself to all as five majestic Avatars. 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 are worshipped within the temple.
Later, they manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms. Presently, thet are worshiped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram. Yadadri temple is of high traditional and mythological significance. The origin of this temple in mentioned in the Skanda Purana, one of the famous 18 Puranas.
Atop of the Sikharam of Garbha Griha of this cave temple is the golden Sudarshana Chakra (about 3 ft x 3ft) of Lord Vishnu (whose reincarnation is Lord Narasimha). The idol as well as the weapon is a symbol this temple is identified by from as far away as 6 km.
Legends say that many years ago, the chakra moved in the direction from where the devotees came as if like a compass guiding them toward the temple. The Chakra is considered to possess mystic power and value as it turns on its own.
Our Hindu mythology says that the Sriman Narayana pleased with Yada’s penance sends Sri Anjaneya to direct the rishi to a holy spot. Here the Lord appeared to the sage and Sri Anjaneya in the form of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. A temple was constructed at this spot and it is located at the foot of the Yadagiri hillock about 5 km from the present temple. There the sage worshiped the Lord for many years.
After many years , the Lord appeared in the dream of a devout lady among the tribe. The lord directed her to a large cavern wherein He revealed Himself to all as five majestic Avatars. The Aradhanam and Puja to Lord Narasimha in this temple are performed according to Pancharatra Agamam. The puja vidhanam (procedure) was set by Late Sri Vangeepuram Narasimhacharyulu who composed Yadagiri Suprabhatam, Prapatti, Stotram, Mangalashasanam and served as Sthanacharya of this temple.
Lord Narasimha is also known by the name “Vaidya Narasimha” by his devotees. As the Lord in the shrine cures many chronic diseases. Legends say that there are many instances when the Lord appearing in the dreams of the devotees, administering medicines and operating on the patients, and blessing them with good health. A mandala (40-day period) Pradakshina is very popular which is made by many devotees to get cured a long-standing ailment or chronic disease.