Sri Malyadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Vari Devstanam located on the hills of Malyadri in Malakonda is a famous temple in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. The presiding deity in this temple is Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy who is in the divine form Sri Jwala Narasimha Swamy and is seen along with His consort Sri Mahalakshmi Devi. Sri Jwala Narasimha Swamy is one of the Nava Narasimhas. He is holding Sudarshana Chakra, on one hand, Sanku on the other hand. Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi is seated on His lap.
According to Mythology, Which is mentioned in Markandeyapurana preached by the Pundits, Sri Mahavishnu wished to ramble with Sri Maha Lakshmi in Bhooloka [on the Earth]. He asked his wreath to change into a hillock. Then, it changed in the form of a garland at this place. Since then, it is called as Malyadri [Mala + Adri]. ‘Mala’ means garland. ‘Adri’ means hill. The hill itself is in the shape of a Mala . Different kinds of trees, birds, animals are seen on this hillock. There are different shapes of stones on it. Agastya Maharshi meditated on this hill for several years. Swamy was pleased for his dhyana and appeared in front of him in the form of a bright sparkling red light like Jwala by spreading over the sky and blessed him.
Due to this, here, Mahavishnu is called as Jwala Narasimha Swamy. Another wonder on this hill is that there is a way with carved steps in the middle of a big stone. One day Sri Mahavishnu went to the forest for hunting. There he met a Chenchu tribe lady whom he loved very much and married her. Sri Mahalakshmi came to know this and she got angry on Sri Mahavishnu on this trivial issue and looked fiercely at a big stone which is in front of her on the hill. Due to her fierce looking, the stone was divided into two parts by giving away to her.
Sri Mahalakshmi went on to the top of the hill through this way and settled there. One can experience while going in this way to pray Sri Mahalakshmi. Every devotee, from a very lean person to a very stout person, feels that a little bit fatter than him/her couldn’t go in that very narrow way. But, it is a very wonderful experience to every devotee that though he/she is very stout, he/she moves here comfortably and visits the Goddess for her blessings. Lord Siva was installed in a very spacious cave which is Formed under the same stone of this hill. Every devotee will have a Philosophical thought that Siva and Kesava are one.
Under this Siva cave, Goddess Parvathi temple is located. Even in this 21st century also, the devotees believe that Munis are in deep dhyana [meditation] in this holy hill shrine. But, they are not visible to the ordinary human beings. The best proof for this is that Sri Dattatreya, who was in deep dhyana for ten (10) years in this hill, shrine had darshan of all Goddesses and became Maharshi. The place where he was blessed is known as Dattatreya Mandir in the village of Mogilicherla in the year 1976