Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Antarvedi

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is located in Antarvedi of Sakhinetipalle Mandal. The temple is situated at the place where the Bay of Bengal and Vashista Godavari, a tributary of the Godavari River, meet. It was constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries.

History

During 18th century AD, Peddapuram kings were the trustees of this temple. Mogaltur Rajas were traditional trustees of Antarvedi Temples in the 19th century AD. There are records of Raja Kalindindi Kumar Ramachandra Raja Bahadur having made a lot of offerings to the temple.

The present temple was constructed by Adi Narayana, a merchant who was concerned in abroad business. Annual Kalyanotsavam is a famous festival in this temple.

The story is that Raktavilochana, the son of devil Hiranyakashapu, killed one hundred sons of Vashishta who was a sagacious. Vashishta, who was not present when this dreadful massacre took place, could however spectator the incident with his great power in Brahmaloka. Stunned out of his wits, he prayed to Lord Narasimha to save further ruin at the hands of Raktavilochana. Lord Narasimha is said to have move down from heaven and fought the evil spirit.

The evil spirit had however been offered a boom from Lord Shiva – that every time a drop of the demon’s blood fell on the earth, every sand particle soaked with his blood would take the form of the evil spirit. To outwit the evil spirit, Lord Narasimha formed ‘Maya Shakti’ or magical power that prevented the blood of the evil spirit from dripping to the ground and he cut off the hands of Raktavilochana and eventually killed him. A blissful Vashishta choose an propitious day and in the presence of all the gods, holy the idol of Lord Narasimha in Antarvedi and sang in his fame.

Sri Narendra Lakshmi Narasimha Rao further developed the temple in 1923 as a mark of thankfulness to the Lord who he believed saved his ships from sinking in the sea. The statue of Lord Narasimha stands installed in the place where he is supposed to have appeared in the form of the stone.

Places to visit nearby temple

Palakollu, Bheemavaram, Draksharama, Samalkot

Nearest Railway Station: Narasapuram railway station

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