Simhachalam Temple, Andhra Pradesh

Considered to one of the most important temples in Andhra Pradesh, is the Simhachalam temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha and popularly known as Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple. Although the exact age of the Simhachalam Temple is unknown however, the inscription dates back to 1098-1099 AD. The temple is known for its intricate detailing on stones. The carvings are minute and detailed and can be spotted from far. In this temple, there is a combination of third and fourth appearance of Lord Vishnu which is known as Lord Narasimha. This is seldom seen elsewhere.

The Simhachalam temple has their own specific prayer timings and they are tended to be extremely strict about it. They follow the old Vaishnavite culture and that can be spotted from the writings on the inscriptions.

It is practiced, that on the occasion of Akshay Trithiya, the deity appears only for 12 hours. And on rest of the days, the deity is covered in sandalwood paste. Because of its rich culture and their hold on traditions, this temple has influenced many poets and writers.

The Simhachalam Temple is located atop of a hill which is a 1000+ steps stair travel for the devotees from hill below. The hours of operation are from 7 am to 4pm and from 6pm to 9pm. The Simhachalam temple remains open throughout the week. If you want a special Darshan, then INR 100 is charged per head. There is a list of special Pujas that the temple performs. You can take part in any of them for which you will have to pay a nominal amount.

If you are travelling there by air, then the nearest airport will be the one at Vishakhapatnam, which is 18kms away from the temple. The nearest railway station will be Vishakhapatnam Railway station. And on road, you can easily avail the APSRTC buses which connect Vishakhapatnam to all major cities. The buses are available at 10-15mins interval.

Timings

Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple open at 07:00 AM to 04:00 PM and then 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Entry Fees

There is no entry fees (but direct darshan option available here at the cost of 100 INR)

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