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Ahobilam - Nava Narasimha Temples

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. '' recommends the below plan to visit all temples numbered as per the map in the slides.

Ahobilam Temple Images

Temples & Places to Visit:

  1. Jwala Narasimha Swamy
  2. Ahobila Narasimha Swamy
  3. Malola Narasimha Swamy
  4. Krodakara (Varaha) Narasimha Swamy
  5. Karanja Narasimha Swamy
  6. Bhargava Narasimha Swamy
  7. Yogananda Narasimha Swamy
  8. Chathravatha Narasimha Swamy
  9. Pavana Narasimha Swamy
   A. Ugra Sthambham
   B. Bhavanashini stream
   C. Prahlada Mettu (cave)
   D. Prahlada Narasimha Swamy

  • Raktha Kundam
  • Bhargava Theertha
  • Pavana river

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.

Traveler Precautions

  • 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
  • Rough paths are slippery during the rains

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