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| Last Updated:: 02/01/2016

Ahobhilam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ahobilam is a major center of pilgrimage in south India. Ahobhilam also known as Ahobalam is located in the Allagadda mandal of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India.


The Nallamalai ranges south of river Krishna, down to Tirupati are called `Sesha Parvatha`. Sesha is the name of the king of serpents. The hood of the sesha is at Tirupati, the tail at Srisailam and the middle is situated at Ahobilam. Nallamalais at the tail are called Sringiri; at the middle are called Vedagiri and Garudagiri referred to as at the hood. 



The shrine of the Ahobilam temple is situated on the top of the first range and is referred to as Upper Ahobilam and down below is called Lower Ahobilam. A huge temple surrounded by a number of buildings can be seen at the Upper Ahobilam. The main shrine or the "sacro sanctum" at Upper Ahobilam was carved out of a big egg like rock with mandapams. There is a tank here, which supplies water to the residents of the Upper Ahobliam temple. It is mainly for growing flowers for the shrine. 

 

According to the legend, this is the place where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipa. It is an important place of worship for Vaishnavas. It is one of the 108 Divya desam. According to legends it is believed that when the Devas saw the manifestation of Lord Vishnu as half-lion, half-man, they shouted "Ahobala" (great strength) as well as "Ahobila”. Hence, this place could be called either "Ahobalam" or "Ahobilam". 

According to Brahmanda Purana this is the place where Lord Narayana appeared from the stone pillar to kill Hiranyakashipa can be seen in this place. The name of this pillar is Ugra Sthambha, which is now referred as “Ukku Sthambha” in Telugu, which incorrectly translates to iron pillar.

 

Prahlada Mettu:

The small shrine, situated in a cave on the hill, is in between Ugra Sthambham and the Upper Ahobilam. It is dedicated to Prahlada Narashimha Swamy. The image of the Prahlada is installed in a small cave. 

 

Source:

http://www.tourism4india.in/Kurnool/Spots/Ahobilam-Temple.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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