Simhachalam Nijaroopa Darshanam
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Simhachalam Nijaroopa Darshanam

Simhachalam Nijaroopa Darshanam

Simhachalam Nijaroopa Darshanam details

This festival is observed on The Akshaya Tritiya day in the month of Vaisaka (April). This day according to the belief is most sacred as it is auspicious day for Lord Maha Vishnu. Even a small gift presented or donated on this day is supposed to bring manifold and multiple returns to the donor.

On this day the sandal paste applied on the deity is removed and the original form (Nijaroopa Darshan) of the deity is exposed and revealed. The Nijaroopa Darshan can be seen for 12 hours from dawn to dusk. The removal of the sandal paste is done amidst the resonant chanting of the Vedas and other hymns. The sandal paste is subsequently applied on layers of silk-cloth on the deity and the massive application gives the look of a linga in form and shape.

After removal of the sandal paste, Panchamrutha Abhishekam is performed. The Naivedyam is not offered when the Nijaroopa (original form) is revealed to view. Instead all the three food-offerings of the day morning, noon and night are offered together in the night.

 

 

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Simhachalam Temple History
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Simhachalam Temple History

Simhachalam Temple History

From the inscriptions, temple construction dates backĀ Chola King, Kulothunga inĀ 1098 AD. Later this temple was renovated by the Orissa queen of Kalinga during 1137 – 56 A.D. Another inscription refers to Orissa King Narasimhadeva II durring 1279 – 1306 AD.

Srinatha, the celebrated poet laureate who lived during 15th century A.D, described Simachadri Kshetra as a beautiful place on this earth in his poems.

Simhachalam Temple Architecture

Garbagriha is on a raised platform, with its exterior divided into five platforms conforming to the Pancharatha type. The sanctum sanctorium resembles that of the orissan temple in the exterior. The sanctum sanctorium is approached through the mukhamandapa and an antarala. The square mandapa exhibits Dravdian and Orissan style of architecture.

The kalyana Mandapa is a rectangular hall with 78 granite pillars arranged in six rows with a roof atop it. Interestingly one of the inscriptions of the temple mentions, this mandapa as Natyamandapa.

An important architectural member is the Kappa Sthambhamu a pillar is between the asthana mandapa and mukha mandapa. It is held with great reverence and it is believed by the local people and devotees that if a childless person embraces it with devotion he/she is blessed with child.

Giri pradakshina Festival

This festival known as Grama Giripradakshina (i.e circumbulating the hill) is unique to this temple and on this day, the deity is taken around the holy hill Simhachalam in the month of Ashada (June). This festival dates to 1242 A.D.–

How to reach Simhachalam Temple ?

  1. Temple 19 Km from Visakhapatanam, which is well connected by Road, air and Train.
  2. From Visakapatanam Railway station, temple is 16 km away.
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