Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple Bidar Karnataka
The Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple is one of the adventurous Ancient Hindu Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha, located in the hill ranges of Manichoola, where the water flows at about 300 mts approximately in the cave of Bidar situated at a distance of 1km from Bidar City, Karnataka state of India. The main deity of this temple is Lord Narasimha who is amidst the water in cave. He is the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is semi Lion & semi Human. One has to pass through the intense water present inside this cave to make it to Lord Narasimha. There is a shrine for Lord Shiva also inside this temple. The deity Lord Narasimha of Jharani Temple is 'Swayambhu' (self manifested) in visible in his Divya Mangala Salagrama Roopam (form), who is very powerful. Every year this temple is visited by thousands of devotees as the Lord fulfills the wishes of his devotees.
Entrance of Jharani Narasimha Swamy Cave Temple Bidar Karnataka
Outside View of Jharani Narasimha Swamy Cave Temple Bidar Karnataka
History of this Temple:
The Sthalapuranam of this temple states that when Lord Vishnu took Narasimha Avataar to kill the Demon Hiranyakashyapa he also killed another asura (giant) named Jalasura, and lived in the same cave as it was his home. As Jalasura was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, in his last breath he requested Lord Vishnu (Lord Narasimha) to stay in the same cave where he was living and bless the devotees. Therefore, Lord Narasimha took the Swayambhu Avataar and the Demon Jalasura took the form of Natural Spring water which flows continuosly through Lord's feet till date from hundreds of years ago and fills the cave giving it the name as "Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple".
Cave With Natural Spring Water Which Leads To The Deity Lord Narasimha Swamy
Inside the Jharani Narasimha Swamy Cave Temple Bidar Karnataka
There is a water fountain outside the temple, in which people bath before entering the cave. The water in the cave is around 3-4 feet deep and is infested with Bats and Insects and devotees have to wade through this water to seek the darshan of Lord. At the end of the cave there is roughly carved image of Lord Narasimha on a stone wall. To make the devotees free from suffocation, proper ventilation and electricity are provided through the Aerators which are installed in the cave which pump fresh air into the caves canal. Due to lack of space, only 8 people are allowed at a time to take darshan while the others have to wait in the water.
Water Falling From Mouth Of Nandi To Bath
Water Upto Chest of Deity in Jharani Narasimha Swamy Cave Temple Bidar
Lord Shiva To The Right of Narasimha Swamy Bidar
What makes this temple adventurous and special is one has to walk down inside a sloppy steps for about 300 meters and move in through water which comes upto chest level, to seek darshan of Lord Narasimha. To the right side of sanctum is placed Lord Shiva who was worshipped by Demon Jalasura and a rough structure of Lord Narasimha too.
Jharani Narasimha Swamy Bidar Karnataka
Significance of this Place:
The Deity Lord Narasimha of this temple is 'Swayambhu' (self manifested) and very powerful. After killing Demons Hiranyakashyapa and Jalasura, He started to flow in the form of water towards Lord Shiva in the same cave. Hence got the name as Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple. There is a sacred perennial stream of water continuously flowing from the feet of Lord Narasimha for hundreds of years in the same place. Therefore, people visiting this temple need to literally strive through this water to get the blessings of Lord.
Water Flowing from Feet of Swayambhu Avataar of Lord Narasimha in Cave
There is always heavy rush to this temple as the Deity of this temple is very powerful and fulfills the wishes of his devotees be it for children, business or any other problems. It is also reffered as the 2nd Tirumala kshetram (TTD,Tirupathi).
Best Time to Visit:
This temple is mostly visited on Mondays and Saturdays. The devotees head to this temple in large amount in Chaitra Vishakha month.
This temple is open from 7AM to 8PM.
Contact Details: 098862 13492
How to Reach:
By Road: One can opt for own vehicles, bus and hire taxis to reach Bidar. There are plenty of luxury buses running from Bangalore via Hyderabad on NH 7 and NH9; and the journey is about 16 hours.
By Train: Bidar is connected by well maintained rail network running to Hyderabad and Bangalore. One can also travel to Gulbarga city from where take a bus to reach Bidar within one and half hours.
By Air: The nearest airport is in Hyderabad just 136km away from the city. The other domestic airport is the Basavakalyan airport around 77km near the city.
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