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Simhachalam or Simhadri is known for the temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha swamy, built atop a hill, 800 feet above sea level. The path uphill is amidst beautiful natural surroundings. To the locals the Lord is ‘Simhadri Appanna’ . Here Lord Narasimha, half man and half lion, ir worshipped as the slayer of the demon king Hiranyakashyapu and protector  of Bhakta Prahlada. The image of the lord in the Sanctum Sanctorum is covered by a thick layer of sandal paste, which according to a legend was necessary to cool the Lord’s temper after he had destroyed the demon king. The sandal paste is removed only once every year on the Akshaya Tritiya day which marks the auspicious occasion when devotees congregate in lakhs to have darshan of the “Nijaswarup” of the Lord, since mere darshan of the Lord in his pristine form bestows salvation . the temple is adorned by exquisitely carved stone Mandaps. The 16 pillared Natya Mandapa and the 96 pillared Kalyana Mandapa is adorned with rich ornamentation and various images of Lord Narasimha . it is here the Lord’s Kalyana Utsavis performed on the eleventh day of Suklapakssha, Chaitra masa every year.

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Accessibility: Situated on hill, 16 km from Visakhapatnam, 665kms from hyderabad , 750kms from chennai and 950km  from bangalore. It is well connected by road , rail and air.

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