Penusila Narasimha Swamy is a manifestation of Lord Vishnu in his man-lion form, Lord Narasimha. The deity is supposed to have appeared here as a huge of rock in the Yoga Mudra (contemplative posture). This village is located in Rapur mandal of Nellore city district in Andhra Pradesh. It is 70 km from Nellore city. Penchalakona houses the temple of Sri Penusila Narasimha Swamy, which is situated at the foot of a hill. It is believed that Kanva Maharshi did his penance here.
The annual festival of the temple, during the month of April and May, is a major event at Penchalakona. Devotees from near and far distances congregate for Narasimhaswamy Jayanthi with great devotion.
The river Kandaleru as it is now called, originates from the water falls of the mountain ranges on the West and the South, had another name Kanvayeru. The river flows through Rapur and empties itself in to the Bay of Bengal sea near Krishnapatnam. Krishnapatnam Port is located on Kandaleru creek.
In Vaisaka (April or May) the main festival of Penusila Lakshmi Narasimaha Swamy, the Brahmostava, is celebrated over five days. This coincides with the birthday of Narasinha Swamy called Narasimha Jayanthi, and devotees throng the temple. The temple authorities, through the Devesthanam choultries (rest houses), provide board and lodging facilities for the pilgrims. The Chenchu tribes are given chief importance in this festival. The first Nivedyam (food offered to the deity) is given by Chenchu tribes. They offer fruits and honey natural products from the forests to their son-in-law, Lord Narasimha.
On Saturdays, Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is a popular place for pilgrims.
The temple is opened at 04:30 AM with suprabhatham and the temple closed at 08:30 PM or 09:00 PM in the night.