South Indian Tour: Ahobilam

Wednesday, 10 July 2019,
Andhra Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj



pujya-sri-guru-varga-vandita-mahabhavanvitayah sada
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam

"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas, Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."

vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa

"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs' name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."

gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna

"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."

gaura amara ye-saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se-saba sthana heriba ami

"In the company of loving devotees, I behold all the places my Gaurasundar roamed during His ecstatic Pastimes."



A week-long bus tour includes Kurmaksetra (Srikakulam), Simhachalam, Kovvur (Godavari), Vijayawada (Pana Nrisinghadev and Laksmi Nrisinghadev temples), Srisailam, Ahobilam (Temple of Nava-Nrisingha), and Tirupati.






His Divine Grace arrives with the devotees at the Nallamala Hill that bears the remains of Hiranyakasipu's fort and many places of Prahlad Maharaj and Lord Nrisinghadev's pastimes.








Entrance to the trek leading to the main temples and holy sites on the hill.





The gate leading to the birthplace of Prahlad Maharaj.












At Sri Kroda (Varaha) Nrisingha Swami Temple, the Lord's form here bears the face of a boar ('varaha'). (The Temple is closed at this time and the parikrama returns to it a little later.)











Ugra Stambha, the very pillar of Hiranyakasipu's fort that Lord Nrisinghadev appeared from.


A closer view of Ugra Stambha












Having killed Hiranyakasipu, Lord Nrisinghadev washed His hands. Here, the devotees take the water coming from the pond up the hill on their heads.



Rakta Kunda, the pond formed at the place where the Lord washed His hands. 'Rakta' means blood and the water here has a reddish hue.



Jwala Nrisingha Temple. This place marks the site where Lord Nrisinghadev slew Harinyakasipu following a long and fierce fight.




View from the temple.



Lord Nrisinghadev's Deity inside the temple.


His Divine Grace speaks about the pastimes that take place here and chants kirtan.













At Sri Kroda (Varaha) Nrisingha Swami Temple (the one that was closed earlier on).



The next place visited is Sri Malola Nrisingha Temple located nearby. 'Malola' is Laksmi Devi, here Lord Nrisinghadev is present in His peaceful form.










The path leading to the school attended by Sri Prahlad Maharaj, this place is known as 'Prahlada Badi'.




At this place, Hiranyakasipu tried to throw his son Prahlad Maharaj from the hill and little Prahlad, calling out to the Lord, was caught here by the Lord.





A small temple dedicated to these pastimes.





His Divine Grace spends some time at this holy place, resting and taking the darshan.




Hari-katha and kirtans.






Going back.





The very last temple visited on the way back is the temple of Sri Karanja Nrisingha (it is located under a tree called 'karanja').






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