Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is an ancient temple in Anantapur district.
Lord Maha Vishnu toolk the form of Narasimha Swamy to kill the Hiranya Kasyapa. Even after killing the demon, he started roaming around forests and hills with anger. At Sthothadhri hill which is near to Kadiri Town, Devas along with Prahaladha prayed to calm down Narasimha swamy. Narasimha Swamy pleased with the prayers and withdraw the anger at this place. Hence Narasimha Swamy Temple here is called as Prahalada Sametha Narasimha Swamy Temple.
‘Ka’ means Vishnu Padam (Foot print), ‘Aadri’ means Hill so the place got the name as ‘Kadri’ later turned into ‘Kadiri’. Belief is that Narasimha Swamy stayed at the roots of Chanda Vruksha (Kadiri Vruksham or Canary Tree or Indian Mulberry – Tree) for a very long time.
Interesting fact associated with this temple is, Sweat comes out of the Idol after Abhishekam.
Vasantha Vallabha Utasva murthi (processional deities) which are there in the temple, were recovered from Brughu Theertham ( water tank), as instructed by the Lord in the dream. These Idols were installed during Vasantha Ruthuvu so these utsava murthi (processional dieties) were called by Vasantha Vallabhulu. It is believed that these idols were presented by Lord Narasimha Swamy to Bhrugu Maharshi (Sage) to perform Archana.
The legend of Kadiri is mentioned in BRAHMANDA PURANA. It is also said that, Veda Vyasa established gurukul in this region to stay away from the demons attack.
Arjuna did penance here on the banks of Maddileru ( Arjuna river), and this river connects holy tanks, Swetha Pushkarini, Brughu Theertham, Sesha Theertham, Kunthi Theertham, Lakshmi Theertham, Ganga Theertham, Garuda Theertham, Bhavanasini Theertham along its path.
Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple History
It is said in the inscriptions of the Temple walls, that Swamy appeared in the dream of Veera Bukka Rayalu of Vijayanagar dyansty and instructed about his whereabouts. King along with his staff then recovered the Idol (Saligramam) from the roots of the tree and built the temple during 1274 – 1275 A.D.
As the time passes, the Idol got disappeared from the temple, in the year 1545 A.D, Achyutha Devarayulu as instructed by the Lord in the dream, brought the idol from Sthothadhri hill caves and installed in the temple.
Cholas, during 985 – 1076 A.D built the temple for Durga Devi Temple and sculptured idols on the rocks. In the year 1953, Lakshmi idol was installed in the place of Durga Devi, still we can see Dura Devi main idol inside Durga devi temple.
Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Timings