Here the opportunity to ‘Share the Experience’ of the Sunset. I will fall in love with Sun Set view of Mangalagir Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple – Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, where I had been recent. It was a beautiful moment ever in my Life.
My simple journey starts like this. I heard about this temple from one of my friends, who stayed in Guntur district. Normally I am a temple lover, I like to visit the temples. Why because, I will get peace in my mind and unknowing excitement had ever. You know well I am an Arts and Sculpture lover.
I like to travel in the night time. So I booked my bus in one of the famous travel portals on Tuesday night. The journey starts from Chennai to Guntur. It was an awesome journey, where the bus was traveled in National Highway-5 the way of the Bay of Bengal Seacoast. Windows seat. Beach Air hit in the Face. awesome! awesome!! I like to relax in the beach nevertheless my mind is thinking about the temple visit. I reached morning 6.45 am. I refreshed in my friend home and reached the temple around 4 pm.
The Temple Story like this:
The Mangalagiri temple located as an Auspicious Hill, Where Lord Vishnu manifested himself as Thothadri. Lakshmi Devi has done tapas on this hill. That’s why this temple called as a Mangala (Auspicious) giri (Hill), which is shaped in the form of an elephant from all the directions. “God is self-existent”– In the temple, there will be no statue for the god. There is the only mouth is covered by a metal face of the god, widely opened to 15 cms.
The Lord Vishnu, who has established himself in the form of Narasimha (Man-Lion) assumed to kill Hiranyakashipu, (The Demon) father of Prahlada. Prahlada is a giant demon Dynasty, Nevertheless he is a good devotee of the Lord Vishnu.
There are three temples of Lord Narasimha in this hill. 1. Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill. 2. Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the temple. 3. Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill.
There is an interesting legend to show as to how the mountain came into existence. Pariyatra, an ancient king had a son Hrasva Srungi visited all holy and sacred places to regain normal bodily stature and finally visited this holy place of Mangalagiri and stayed for three years performing penance. All the Devathas (Gods) advised him to stay at Mangalagiri and continue to do penance in praise of Lord Vishnu. The father of Hrasva Srungi came with his retinue to take back his son to his kingdom. But Hrasva Srungi took the shape of an elephant to become the abode of Lord Vishnu who is locally known as Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy. Read more on Guntur Temple History
People believe the God takes Jaggery water as offering by a Conch. The Jaggery (Panakalu) water is actually poured into the god mouth, a gargling sound is clearly audible as becomes shriller if the Lord is actually drinking water. The sound will come to a stop after some time and the balance of the Jaggery water comes out from the god mouth. This phenomenon happens daily, whenever devotees offering a Jaggery water to the God.
This is the one who drink Jaggery water as offering by a Conch:
A 21th Century Painting of Mangalagiri Narasimha:
More interesting fact is, To note that even a single ant is not traceable near the Lord nor around the temple in spite of offering of so much Jaggery water.
Temple Timings: 6:00 am to 01:00 pm & 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Darshan Timings: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Travel Plans to Guntur Dt:
Hotels: Nearby hotels are not available. Better to stay on Vijayawada. From Vijayawada to Guntur only 3.5 km in the main road.
From Chennai Bus Tickets available in Online – 6 h 55 min (415.5 km) | From Bangalore – 10 h 45 min (624.7 km) advanced bus booking at OasisBus | From Hyderabad – 3 h 15 min (246 km) bus reservation available.