Ahobilam Temple History
The Lord in the Upper Ahobilam is said to be Swyambhu i.e self-manifested. There are two popular legends for the derivation of the word Ahobilam. It is said that the Devas while witnessing the ferocious form of the Lord and the terrific aspect he took on in order to tear to pieces Hiranyakasyapa sang in his praise
‘Narasimha Paramam Devam Aho Balam Aho Balam’
and hence, the place has come to be known as Ahobilam.
Another version is that because of the great cave, the Ahobila, where Garuda worshipped and realised the Lord. The place itself is come to be called Ahobila.
Ahobilam Temple is the only place where all the nine forms of the Lord Narasimha Swamy are worshipped. It is said that the entire Nalmalla Hills from Kurnool to Chittoor are a personification of Lord Adisesha himself whose tail end is Srisailam, whose middle is Ahobilam and whose head is Tirupati.
There are inscriptions which refer to Vikramaditya of the Western Chalukyan Kings of Kalyan (1076 AD – 1106 AD) worshipped the main deity of this temple. King Krishna Deva Raya has also visited this shrine on his return from the conquest of Kalinga and made offerings to the deity.