Ahobilam located in Nallamala forest, near to Allagadda town in Kurnool district. This is the only place having 9 (nava)temples for lord Narasimha 9 Avataras. The whole complex is in two parts - one called Eguva Ahobilam (Upper Ahobilam) with 6 Narasimha shrines and the other called Diguva Ahobilam (Lower Ahobilam) with a 3 shrines. Among these 5 temples are connected by road, the others need hard trekking through cut across virgin hills and forests and served by several cascades of exquisite natural beauty. The Sthalapurana of Ahobilam in Sanskrit gives an account of nine forms of Narasimha, worshipped here.
Route Map & Visiting guide of 9 + 4 temples
The yatra to visit all 9 temples and other important places take at least 1.5 days. 'ghatroads.in' recommends the below plan to visit all temples numbered as per the map in the slides.
Start early morning 5.30am and visit D. Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy or Prahlada Narasimha Swamy temple at the lower ahobilam. The wonderful thing here is, around 6am a cow comes into the temple and eat the prasad offered by the priests. The specialty here is the cow enters the temple on its own by that time. No one will bring it into the temple.
There are small hotels near to Ahobilam bus-stand. Take the breakfast(important to keep you trekking) there and then proceeded to the upper ahobilam by 7:30AM. This is a ghat road drive of 5 kms to reach upper ahobilam and need take 50 steps to reach the temple.after vehicle parking. 2. Ahobila Narasimha is the main temple and the earliest of all the nine temples there. The Lord here appears in his fierce aspect, called Ugra Narasimha, who is the presiding deity of the temple and is known as Ahobila Nrisimha Swamy. It is firmly believed the Lord Narasimha was 'Svayambhu' (self-manifest) here. This is the only full fledged temple in Eguva (or Upper) Ahobila with Prakaras, Galigopura, Dhwajastambha, the Lord’s consort (Sri Chenchulakshmi), Alwars, and Acharyas. It is also well maintained with daily worship.
After completing the Darshan in first temple, come out and pick the sticks distributed there to help in darshan to Varaha Narasimha, Jwala Narasimha, Ugrastambha and Malola. It will be around 8:30AM to start from and head toward 4. Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy, which is 1km away from Ahobila Narasimha Swamy. Proceed to walk on the wood constructed bridge above the B. Bhavanasini stream and walk for 10min to reach Varaha Narasimha. The image of the deity has the face of a boar (varaha or kroda) and the Lord is seen along with his Consort, Lakshmi.
From here either can go to Malola or Jwala Narasimha. It better to visit 1. Jwala Narasimha Swamy first by the time priest available at Malola. This is nearly 75 minutes trek on rocks flown by Bhavanasini stream. Some steps and trek on the rocky terrain. Just before reaching Jwala Narasimha, there is a small waterfall. The water is very clean, clear and tasty. Getting wet here get relaxation and gives away the tiredness. Complete the the pooja and take theertha at Jwala Narasimha Swamy temple, and the time will be around 10.30am. The shrine is inside a cave and you can see water drops behind the shrine falling to keep lord cool. This is the place where Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakasapa standing on the door. You can also see a small water pond, where he washed his hands after killing. It was said that this ganga (pond) came on its own so that Lord Narasimha can wash his hands. Surrounding the pond, still now we can see the red stains.
Next destination is A. Ugrastambha. This is a 2km trek from Jwala, inclining at 70 degrees and will take 2 hours to visit and back to Jwala. Ugrastambham place from where Lord Narasimha teared the pillar and came out to kill hiranyakasapa to answer the prayers of prahlada. This is the hardest trek and after reach to the peak point of the hills to visit the pillar (Stambha). The path proceed down and climb up again to other side of the rock. It is very steep that needs to hold couple of wooden ladders and railings which are located in between 2 cliffs. Once reached the stamba, take pradakshinas (circumambulation). This place mesmerizes with its picturesque view of Nallamala forest. Ugrastambha is atop the hills so while doing pradakshinas take care of high winds. There is foot print (Padam) of Lord Narasimha.
After returning from Ugrastambham to Jwala, start to visit 4. Malola Narasimha Swamy by 1pm. Then head back in the same way till reach wooden bridge. From there, take diversion to Malola. The way to Malola from here will be normal rocky terrain (mud road) of 2 km with around 50steep steps. Relax and take some snacks if required on the way and then proceed to Malola Narasimha Swamy. The deity here appears in 'soumya' (graceful) form. As Lord Narasimha is seen with his consort, Lakshmi, He is known as Malola Narasimha Swamy. The word 'Malola' means beloved to Lakshmi (Ma = Lakshmi, Lola = beloved).
After Malola, take back the way to Upper Ahobilam by pass the Varaha Narasimha on the way as already visited. Get wet in Bhavanasini stream for some relaxation. Return the sticks taken and reach parking lot from there by 3:00pm. There is one Aarya Vaisya satram, we take lunch there (need to inform for the lunch before going up).
Finish the lunch and take the way back to Lower Ahobilam. On the way, visit 5. Karanja Narasimha Swamy, 1km away from Ahobila Narasimha. The image of the deity is installed under a tree, called 'Karanja Vruksham'. Hence this Lord is called Karanja Narasimha Swamy. The Lord is seen seated in meditation under the canopy of Adisesha. He is holding a Sarnaga or bow. There is shrine of lord Anjaneya next to this temple.
Next temple to visit is 8. Chatravata Narasimha. This place is near to lower ahobilam at a distance of 2kms. The image of the deity is installed under a peepal tree, surrounded by thorny bushes. Hence, the Lord is called as Chatravata Narasimha Swamy. The deity carved out of black basaltic stone is very beautiful. The lord is seated in Padmasana pose. The two upper right and left hand holds abhaya hasta and kati hasta poses.
After pooja, head towards 7. Yogananda Narasimha, which is at a distance of 1.5km from there. The popular legend is that after killing Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha taught Prahlada several yogic postures. Therefore, the Lord in this aspect is called Yogananda Narasimha. The Lord is shown with his two upper hands holding Chakra and Shankha while the lower hands are seen in Yoga mudra.
Darshan in above 3 temples can be completed in 2 hours. So by 5.30pm seven temples visit completed. The remaining temples are Bhargava Narasimha and Pavana Narasimha. If you are able to spend one more hour, you can visit Bhargava Narasimha temple, which is 2km distant from lower Ahobilam. Otherwise get refreshed and take rest for couple of hours. Before going to dinner, you can visit Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at 8pm to participate in Pavalimpu seva and have the hot milk prasad and theertha. Finish your dinner and done for the day.
Start early morning by 5:30am, hire a jeep for a 15min ride on a rough terrain in the forest to visit 6. Bhargava Narasimha. This place is located on the hill near the sacred pond Bhargava Theertha, where 'Bhargava Rama' performed his penance. Hence the Lord of the temple is known as Bhargava Narasimha Swamy.
Return to Lower Ahobilam by 6.30am and take breakfast there and start to Upper Ahobilam to visit 9. Pavana Narasimha. From Upper Ahobilam, there are two ways to reach pavana narasimha, either by walk or hire a jeep to ride on a rough terrain for 7kms in the forest. Both will take 3 hours to reach. There are around 800 steps in walk-way and the fist few steps are steep. After the steps, it will be normal walk on a rough patch. Just before you reach Pavana, there is to visit the house of goddess ChenchuLakshmi. The temple is on the banks of the river Pavana. Hence the Lord of the shrine is known as Pavana Narasimha Swamy.
After pooja, take some snacks and then rest for some time. Start back to Upper Ahobilam by 10.30am and reach by 12.30pm and have lunch there. To finish last important place in the holy hills head to towards C. Prahlada Mettu or Guha, which is 2km from there. This is a small shrine, situated in a cave on the hill, with an image of the Prahlada is installed. It is dedicated to Prahlada Narashimha Swamy. After completing 2 hours of round trip with trek reach Upper Ahobilam and then head towards Lower Ahobilam to finish the Yatra.
Ahobilam Temple Images
Ahobila Narasimha Swamy & Upper Ahobilam
Bridge on Bhavanashini stream on the way to Kroda Narasimha
Kroda or Varaha Narasimha swamy temple
Steps on the way
Trek on rough paths
Holy showers on the way to Jwala Narasimha
Malola Narasimha swamy temple
Hardest path to Ugrastambham
Ugrastambham at highest peak of the hills
Panoramic view of Nallamala from Ugrastambham peak
A. Ugra Sthambham B. Bhavanashini stream C. Prahlada Mettu (cave) D. Prahlada Narasimha Swamy
Where is Ahobilam
Ahobilam located in Allagadda Mandal, Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state, India - 518543.
How to Reach
Ahobilam is 25km near to Allagadda town, which is on Rayalaseema Express Highway (Kurnool to Kadapa)
Distance: Hyderabad to Ahobilam - 354km, Bangalore to Ahobilam - 360km, Tirupati to Ahobilam - 255km, Kurnool to Ahobilam - 136km, Nandyal to Ahobilam - 64km
Nearest Airport: Tirupati, Kadapa
Nearest Bus Station: Diguva (Lower) Ahobilam, Allagadda
Nearest Railway Station: Nandyal (from Vijayawada), Gooty - 143km (from Hyd and Ban), Kadapa - 114km (from Tirupati)
Transport: Allagadda is well connected by buses from all over the state and from Bangalore. Reach Lower Ahobilam from Allagadda where the tour starts from.
Where to Stay
AP Tourism's Haritha resort and Many choultries available at Lower Ahobilam.
What to Eat
Plenty of local hotels availble to get breakfast, South Indian meals and Parathas. The Haritha hotel's restaurant also is an option.
Best Season & Time to Visit
Rainy season is the best time to visit because apart from the holy temples, you can enjoy the nature of the Nallamala forest at it's best with greenary and waterfalls everywhere. Avoid summer because it is hard to trek as weather will be hot.
Hire a guide
No Mobile networks at Eguva or Upper Ahobilam
Trekking shoes are must
Prior information required to get lunch at Upper Ahobilam
Don't forget to take supporting sticks for trekking available at Upper Ahobilam
Take care of stability from high winds, while doing Pradakhina at Ugrasthambam (highest peak)
Water bottle with rehydration salts
Carry some sugar crystals to offer god at temples and take back as Prasad