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Simhachalam - Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

Simhachalam means lion hill. The temple is located on a hillock. Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, the lion-man incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple is one of the eighteen "Narasimha Kshetras", the shrines of Lord Narasimha, in India. One of the most exquisitely sculpted shrines of Andhra Pradesh, Simhachalam temple is situated 16 km from Visakhapatnam (Vizag) city among thickly wooded hills on the Simhachalam Konda.

Simhachalam Temple Images

Pilgrim Visiting Places

  • A unique deity of Lord Narasimha in standing posture( fully covered with sandal paste)
  • The temple is located in pleasant surroundings of Eastern ghats
  • A beautiful stone chariot, which is pulling by horses
  • The 96 piller Kalyana Mandapa carved with Puranas' depiction
  • The 16 piller Natya Mandapa
  • 'Kappa Stambham' - pillar that fulfill the pilgrims wishes
  • Sanctorum wall panel relief posses the sculpture of Lord Narasimha postures
  • Pilgrims take up 'Giri Pradakshina' (hill circumambulation) during auspicious days

Where is Simhachalam

Simhachalam temple located near Visakhapatnam city in Andhra Pradesh state, India - 5300028.

How to Reach

Simhachalam is located 16 kilometers near to Visakhapatnam city.

  • Distance From: Vizag - 16 km, Vizianagaram - 54 km, Vijayawada - 356 km
  • Nearest Airport: Visakhapatnam
  • Nearest Bus Station: Simhachalam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Visakhapatnam

Where to Stay

In Simhachalam down hills and up hills excellent accommodation facilities are available

  • Guest Houses: Gold spot, Satyavathi, Prahalda
  • Choultries: Uphill: Gajapathi, Simhadri Nilayam, Simhavalli tayar
  • Downhill: Pushkarini, T.T.D., T.T.D. (V.I.P) Puroorva
  • Cottages: Sivarama, Ramana Reddy, Annapurna & Seethamma cottages
Accommodation Enquiry PRO
Cell No 9959494499
Office 0891-2715242.

Plenty of options for the hotels in Visakhapatnam city.

Festivals / Events

Chandanotsavam or Nijaroopa Darshanam

The main deity inside the temple sanctorum gives 'Nijaroopa Darshan' (Original Appearance) for only 12 hours in a year on Akshaya Trutiya tidhi, the rest of the time deity is covered with sandalwood paste. The darshan described as Chandana yatra or Chandanotsavam falls every in vaisaka masa (April or May).


Starts on Chaitra Shudha Ekadasi (March or April) and celebrated for 5 days till Pournami.

Narasimha Jayanti

This festival (Birth day of the lord) is celebrated on Vaisakha Chaturdasi (April or May).

Daily Seva & Darshan Timings

  • Suprabhata Seva - 4.00am
  • Darshanam Timings - 7.00am to 8.30pm
  • Breaks - 11.30am to 12.30pm; 2.30pm to 3.00pm; 7.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Ekantha seva - 9.00pm

Best Season & Time to Visit

Any time.

What to Eat:

Yummy Jack fruits !! Nowhere else can be found the special jack fruits grown here. Don't miss the tasty jack fruits sold at the temple.

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