Simhadri or Simhachalam temple is a Hindu temple located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, South India. It is dedicated to the incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu known as Narasimha (the man-lion).Top of the hill is a famous temple said to be the abode of Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, and hence the hill itself is called (Nara) Simhachalam. The temple is situated in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Simhachalam – The hill of the lion is located at a distance of 18 km from Visakhapatnam refers to the 11th century temple of Lord Narasimha – an incarnation of Vishnu. Millions of devotees from round the world visit this temple every year. The presiding deity here is Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, combining the iconographic features of Varaha and Narasimha. The image resembles a Shivalingam covered with sandal paste.
It is only once a year, during the Chandana Visarjana (that the sandal paste is removed), and the idol is seen by pilgrims. The architecture here has elements of similarity with Konark temple. Elephants, flowers and plants are portrayed in temple premises. The outer walls of the sanctum depict images of a royal personality (said to be King Narasimha) in various postures. The Kalyana Mandapam within the temple has 16 pillars depicting the incarnations of Vishnu.
Noteworthy features of the temple: This temple boasts of a beautiful stone chariot drawn by horses. The Kalyana Mandapa within the temple has 16 pillars with bas reliefs depicting the incarnations of Vishnu. Narasimha, the man lion incarnation of Vishnu is seen in several depictions throughout the temple. The artwork here has elements of similarity with that of Konark. Elephants, flowers and plants are portrayed in plenty. The outer walls of the sanctum depict images of a royal personality (said to be King Narasimha) in various postures.
Kappasthambam is a pillar in the main temple. It is believed that the wishes of those devotees who embrace the pillar with a pure mind will be fulfilled. It has an in built Santhanagopala Yantram, which is believed to be empowered to fulfill the wishes of devotees. It is believed that childless couples will get children by embracing this pillar.
It is a perennial and natural spring water coming from the hills and herbal roots and the pilgrims used to take a bath with a good faith to forego their sins for curing diseases and to fulfill their desires.
The Bhairava Swamy temple is located sontyan village, simhachalam, visakhapatnam. It is one of the ancient Swayambhu Kalabhairava temple in Visakhapatnam.
Swami Pushkarini pond lies within the sacred premises of main Temple. A place of utmost reverence and religious significance, it's believed that lord venkateswara himself bathed in this pond along with his consorts. In fact, the lake is considered to be as holy as the mighty river Ganges.