Narasimha Swamy and Vishwanatha temple


Vyakarana, Sahitya Siromani , Siksha Sastri , P.O.L.,
Superintending Archaeologist ,{Retd} , A.S.I. , Former
Consultant Archaeologist / Conservationist to the Government of Tamil Nadu.

A Comprehensive Report on the Monuments of Narsimhulapalle ,
Known as Hrihara Kshetra .

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|| Sree Gurubhyonamah ||

K otla-Narsimhulapalle village is about 30 Km from Karimnagar town in the newly formed state of Telangana state. This quaint village is home to one of the oldest temples (Harihara Kshetram) in India and is oblivious to the hustle-bustle of a pilgrim place but steeped in history.

The Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple here dates back to the time when the Satavahana dynasty ruled much of the country. It depicts Lord Ugra Narasimha Swamy, with his 16 hands and five heads, disembowelling demon king Hiranyakashyapa, while the king’s wife, Leelavathi, son Prahlada and sages like Narada look on. Between AD 755 and AD 968, the temple patrons were the Vemulawada Chalukyas, rulers of the present-day Karimnagar. After the decline of the Chalukyas, the temple gradually fell into disrepair and was covered by dense forest. It was revived in 1860, after Kalvakota Krishnaiah Deshapandya of Ramadugu village had a dream in which Lord Narasimha showed him the path to the temple. Krishnaiah cleared the forest and discovered the Narasimha idol inside a cave.

On the south east side of the temple by the kolanu (“pond”) on the hillock is the temple of Sri Annapurna sahitha Vishwanatha (Lord Siva and Parvati) which dates to the time of Kakatiya dynasty.

Narasimha Swamy and Vishwanatha temples

This site is dedicated to the Narasimha Swamy and Vishwanatha temples in the village of Kotla-Narasimhulapalle village of Karimnagar district

MR K T NARSIMHAN after inspection of Bas Relief of Shosasha Baahu Pancha mukha Bhargava Narsimha says that it is not Asta Mukha but only a Pancha Mukha and that it dates back to 4th Century AD..we are now proposing its restoration by an expert Modellor.