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.
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.Picture Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
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.
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.
The priests perform regular ritual and puja to the deity.
Thriumanjanam and vastram can be offered through the mutt management.