Ahobilam Narashimha Swamy temple

Ahobilam Narashimha Swamy temple

Andhra Pradesh , Kurnool

Shrine: Ugra Narasimhaswamy

In Ahobilam, amidst forests and wilderness, the nine shrines are dedicated to the nine forms of Lord Narasimha. Among them the prominent one is the Ahobilam Narashimha Swamy temple. Lord Rama and Garuda are believed to have worshipped the Lord here. A revered place for the Vaishnavites, the shrine as been praised in the hymns of Azhvar saints. The Lord here is present in his fierce aspect, the Ugra Narasimha.  King Vikramaditya VI of the Western Chalukya and King Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagara are said to have worshipped the Lord of this temple.

Origin: The initial temples built by Chalukyas in 8th century, were renovated by Vijayanagara kings around 15th century.


When the demon king Hirnyakashipu tried to kill his son Prahalad as the young boy was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, the Lord took the incarnation of Narasimha. The half-man, half-lion form of Vishnu ripped the evil King and saved the boy. The place where Narasimha annihilated the demon is believed to be in Ahobilam where stand the nine shrines of Narasimha Swamy.

This temple is a part of famous Ahobilam Nava Narasimha Temple Yatra.


Between the mountains and forests stands the Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy temple. Built in Dravidian style, the shrine has a tiered gopuram etched with beautiful carvings. The deity here is self manifested. Ahobila Narasimha is seen in an Ugra(fierce) Posture with Prahalada standing opposite to him. Srimati Chenchu Lakshmi, is the Lord's consort here.

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Darsan Info

The temple is open from 5:30 AM till 8:30 PM.
In Upper Ahobilam, there are lots of wild animals are found because of this, devotees are allowed to go to Upper Ahobilam only in groups along with proper guides. Devotees are also advised to return back to lower Ahobilam in the noon, itself.

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.


Kurnool is known as the Gateway to Rayalaseema. Ahobilam, in Kurnool district has been an important pilgrimage destination from the time of Chalukyas. It is also a popular trekking destination with scenic routes, lush green forests, waterfalls and caves.

Language Spoken: Telugu

Location and Contact

Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh 518553

Contact Number : 91 8519 252 025

Ways to Reach

Ahobilam is accessible by bus from Nandyal, Kurnool and Hyderabad. It is not well connected by rail. The nearest railway station is Nandyal (on the Bangalore-Visakhapatnam route) and Cuddapah (on the Mumbai-Chennai route). One has to catch bus from the railway stations to reach Ahobilam. The nearest airport is Hyderabad. The travel to upper Ahobilam where the shrine is located requires climbing steep steps.

Additional Info

  • Accomodation available only at Lower Ahobilam.
  • Syndicate Bank, SBI ATM
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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 33.3oC 45oC 37.5oC 35.6oC
Min-Temparture 20.6oC 26.6oC 24oC 20oC

Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular ritual and puja to the deity.

Special Rituals

Every month on Swathi Nakshatram, the star of the Lord, Thirumanjanam (Abhishekam) is performed.

Pooja Timing

The temple is open from 5:30 AM till 8:30 PM.

Regular Offerings

Thriumanjanam and vastram can be offered through the mutt management.


February/March - Brahmotsavam

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Ahobilam
  • Nearby Airport

  • Hyderabad
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Nandyal and Cuddapah
  • Taxi Stand

  • Ahobilam

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