Prahladha, son of demon Hiranya Kasipu was a staunch Vishnu devotee while the father was adamant claiming that he alone was supreme. He demanded son Prahlada to show him his Lord. Undeterred by the threat of his father, Prhaladha said that He was omnipresent and also in the pillar. Hiranya hit the pillar with his club. Lord Narasimha appeared from the pillar and destroyed the demon. The palace where Prahladha said to have lived was reduced to ruins later and is now a jungle. The temple has nine forms of Lord Narasimha as His appearance from the pillar, tearing the stomach of demon Hiranya, his roaring indignantly, cooling down as Shantamurti responding to the prayer of Prahladha and so on.
The hill is called Garudachalam and Garudatri as Sri Garuda performed penance here. As Tirupati is called Seshadri, Ahobil is called Garudatri. Nava Narasimha Perumal temple is one of the famous Hindu temples.It is located in Nandyal town of Kurnool district,Andra Pradesh. Divyadesam consists of two mountains,Upper Ahobilam and Lower Ahobilam.Thiru Singavel Kundram is also called as “Ahobilam”.This Ahobilam Sthalam is also known as "Nava Narasimha Kshetram".
The Darshan of Sthala Perumal gives in 9 different ways and it is so powerful as Nava Grahaas. This sthalam is inside the mountain and the Lord Vishnu, as Sri Narasimhar is giving his seva in 9 different stages, that is Ahobila Narasimar, Malola Narasimhar, Varagha Narasimhar, Bhavana Narasimhar, Yoganandha Narasimhar, Chathra Narasimhar, Kaaranja Narasimhar, Jwala Narasimhar, Bharghava Narasimhar. Aadhiseshan head part is called as Thiruvenkadamudayaan's Tirupathi, his body pard is called as this sthalam and the tail part is called as "Sri Sailam". Lord Shiva is found there. Sri Narasimhar was praised by Sri Aadhi Shankarar. He was also praised by Udayavar Sri Ramanujar and Shri Madhava Chariyar.
Sri Nava Narasimha Temple Ahobilam
Brahmotsava is celebrated every year in the month of Phalguna (Mar-Apr). Apart from this, every month on the Swati Nakshatra ,the gramotsava is celebrated. On this day an abhisheka is performed to Sri Narasimha with 108 kalashas.
06:00 to 20:00 (All days of the week)
From Nandiyal and Kurnool, you should reach Allagadda. From Allagadda every 45 minutes there is a bus to Ahobilam.Direct buses are available from Hyderabad and Bengaluru to Allagadda.
The nearest railway station is Nandiyal and Kurnool.
The nearest airports are Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai
Best time to visit Ahobilam The best time to visit Ahobilam is soon after rainy season i.e, August and September. One can see Ahobilam in its full beauty with all the waterfalls and rivers filled up. July to February is ideal to visit Ahobilam. The other months are very hot with temperature ranging from 35-degree celsius to 45-degree celsius.