Sri Malyadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha- an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, manifested on the hill of Malakonda, Valetivari Palem, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh. This Lord of Malakonda is also known as Malyadri. It is one of the holy shrines of Hindus who worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Narasimha at Malakonda. The rock near this temple resembles the one as Gowardhan Mountain which Shri Krishna lifted upon his little finger. Devotees take rest under this rock. Every year a large number of devotees visit this shrine to have Darshan and blessings of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy to pay their homage to him.
Entrance of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Malakonda
Govardhana Rock on Malakonda Hill
Malyadri word is derived from Telugu, in which "Mala" means "Garland of" and "Adri" means "Hills" (Hills arranged as Flower Garlands). This Hill shrine is said to be one of the NavaNarasimhas (Nine Narasimhas). Malyadri is surrounded by several other shrines like the West points towards Ahobila Narasimha Swamy Temple, the Northwest towards Srisailam Temple, the South towards Vruchachala Kshetram, and the East towards Narasimha Swamy Temple of Singarayakonda. It is also having two sacred rivers flowing on its banks namely Penna River (Pinakini) flowing towards South and Krishna River towards North. Devotees of Malyadri often name their male child as Malyadri, Narasimha, and Lakshmi Narasimha etc and the female childas Lakshmi, Sri Lakshmi and Sri Mahalakshmi etc.
Lord Vishnu and Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi in Ksheerasagara on Adisesha
The one wishing to visit this temple needs to climb some steps which lead to the temple at the top of Malyadri Hill. The path leading to this temple cave is inbetween two huge rocks where Lord Narsimha gives his darshan in the form of Jwala Narasimha. He is accompanied with his wife Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi. This Goddess has a shrine too on top of the Malyadri Hill.
Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi Temple on Malakonda Hill
Legend of this Temple:
Once upon a time when Lord Vishnu and Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi were taking rest on the Adishesha (Snake God) in Ksheerasagara (milky ocean), Lord Vishnu asked Goddess Lakshmi who was seated on his feet - that if she had any wish to be fulfilled. To this Goddess replied that she had got Lord himself as her husband but the people living on earth are suffering from fewer temples to get moksha. Lord Vishnu said to Garuda to look for a beautiful place for himself on earth. Garuda loved one mountain very much and to identify that mountain he dropped a beautiful garland on that mountain. When Lord witnessed the mountain He too loved its beauty and decided to stay there. Thus, this mountain got its name by the Garland which Garuda dropped here upon his visit and is known as Malyadri Mountain. Hence, the Lord is known as "Malyadri Narasimha Swamy". To serve and please the devotees on the earth He took an incarnation in the form of Jwala Narasimha along with Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple on Malakonda Hill
Another legend says that Agastya Maharishi did penance here for Lord Vishnu, then Lord pleased by him took avatar as Jwala Narasimha (The Golden fire). Agastya requested the Lord to be worshipped by other deities on 6 days (sunday-friday) and leave Saturdays for the man-kind to serve them. That's why the priest reaches this temple on friday night and worships on the seventh day that is on Saturdays when a large number of devotees also come to visit this place.
Another story behind the origin of this shrine is Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, even after the Lord incarnated on this mountain upon her request she once got very angry (Pranaykopam) on Lord and decided to leave this place. When Goddess Lakshmi decided to leave, due to her anger and presence one of the rocks on mountain split into two by giving her way to leave that place and she went and sat on the temple Gopuram. In that way, the path from which Goddess Lakshmi came out became the way to have darshan of Lord Narasimha in the cave. That path is suitable for both thin and fat people.
Path leading to Malakonda Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Deity inside Temple:
The Deity in this shrine is seen in a sitting posture with a Sudarshana Chakra in one hand and a Sanku on the other. Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi is seen seated on his left lap, where Lord holds her with one hand and bestows His blessings on devotees with the other. As we all know there are seven days in a week. Every temple is open on all days and worshipped by us. But this temple has a peculiar phenomenon that the Lord gives blessings to all Deities, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Siddhas, and Devamunis on six days (Sunday to Friday), and He's available to Manavas (man-kind) only on Saturdays.
Malyadri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
There are Lord Shiva and Ganesha Idols installed in this temple as well. Near to Lord Shiva is Goddess Parvathi's shrine. Towards the shrine of Goddess Parvathi there are trees to which women ties cradles and sings songs after which they are blessed with the children. These trees are known as "Santhana Vrukshas".
This mountain is blessed by the Gods which has donulu and some water bodies which exist naturally in their form. Devotees believe taking bath in these teerthas helps one to get rid of deadly diseases and wash off their sins.
The seven Teerthams which exsist on Malyadri Hill are - Narasimha, Varuna Teertham, Kapila Teertham, Agasthya Teertham, Sankara Teertham, Jyothi Teertham and Indra Teertham.
Teerthams near Malakonda Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Significance of this temple:
The main significance of this temple's Lord is visited and worshipped only on Saturdays by Men and Women. Here, Lord Narasimha is worshipped by all Deities, Devamunis, Yakshas, Gandharvas and Siddhas on six days (Sunday-Friday) and by Men and Women only on Saturdays.
The Malakond Narasimha Swamy is also known as "Santhana Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy" as He bestows the childless couple with children. If any childless couples visits this shrine in Jyeshta Month and lit the diyas with cow ghee for 3 Saturdays then their wishes get fulfilled and attains child.
There is one more legend saying that once Sachi Devi requested Lord to bless her with a beautiful and intelligent child. Upon the instructions of Sharirvani she performed puja to this Lord with utmost devotion for 3 Saturdays by litting the diyas with cow ghee and delivered a beautiful child. Since then it is an age old practice to worship this Lord in this form to attain children.
Temple Visited Only On Saturdays: Morning 6:00AM- Evening 6:00PM
In Chaitra, Jyeshta and Vaishakha Months of Telugu calendar the devotees throng to this shrine to lit the diyas (pindi deepam with cow ghee) for fulfulling their wishes by Lord.
On every Saturdays the Temple authorities organise free meals camp for the devotees visiting this place.
Every year more than 200 marriages occur in this temple. The newly weds make sure to visit this temple after their marriage to be blessed with the child.
Sri Malyadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devastanam,
Malakonda, Valetivaripalem Mandal, Prakasam District,
Andhra Pradesh, India.
How to Reach:
There are three ways to reach Malakonda. First route is by east via Kandukur and Lingasamudram from Singarayakonda, Prakasham district. The second route is by west from Pamur, Prakasham district. The third route is by south via Kaligiri and Kondapuram from either Kavali, Nellore district or Nellore to reach this shrine of Sri Malyadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy in Malakonda.
By Road: One can reach Kandukur(37km) from where APSRTC operates bus services to reach this temple.
By Train: Ongole is having the nearest Railway Station around 75 kms to this temple.
By Air: Renigunta (Tirupati) Airport is around 250 kms from this Temple.
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