Yadagiri Gutta

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Yadagiri Gutta, Nalgonda Overview

Believed to be the abode of Lord Narasimha, Yadagiri Gutta is one of the most popular and frequently visited Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Located around 60 km away from the main city of Hyderabad, Yadagirigutta is extremely popular among devotees and is also known as Laksmi Narasimha Temple and witnesses a rush of not less than 5,000 to 8,000 pilgrims every single day! These devotees come here to seek the great lord's blessings, offer him their vows and prayers, perform poojas and Abhishekams, and carry out the Sasawata Kalayanam.

Lord Narasimha is known as 'Vaidya Narasimha' or doctor and it is believed that He cures anyone visiting the temple of any chronic or longstanding disease. The entire temple complex is made of stone and it spreads over an area of 14 Acres. Apart from its religious importance, the location of the temple atop a hill makes for some gorgeous views and refreshing escapades.

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During the Tretayugam, there lived a sage who went by the name Yadarishi. He was an earnest devotee of Lord Vishnu and hence, he decided to serve a penance to the great lord. Inside a cave on a hill that was blessed by Anjaneya (Shri Hanuman) and lay somewhere between Bhongir and Raigiri, Yadarishi began to indulge in his deep and ardent penance for Lord Vishnu. Soon, Lord Vishnu was impressed by Yadarishi's undying devotion and decided to appear before him and bless him.

Lord Narasimha, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, appeared in front of Yadarishi in five different forms- Sri Jwalanarasimha, Sri Yogananda, Sri Gandabherunda, Sri Ugra and Sri Lakshminarasimha. Mesmerized and hypnotized by the Lord's presence, Yadarishi pleaded god to stay like this with him forever. The lord complied and manifested himself into the walls of the caves in the five forms he appeared in. These sculptures are now celebrated and worshipped to as the 'Pancha Narasimha Khsetram' and are the principal deities of the Yadagiri Gutta temple.

Another story that revolves around the temple is that after Yadarishi attained moksha, the local tribals learnt of the Lord's presence and started flocking in to pay their respects. However, since they weren't a very learned group, they unknowingly started indulging in improper worship, and because of this, the Lord decided to move into the hills. The tribals searched for the lord for many years but to no avail.

One night, Lord Narasimha appeared in the dreams of one of his devotees in the tribes and directed her to come to a cave. When she did, the Lord blessed her generously by appearing in five different forms and then manifested himself in the walls of the caves, which is now the Yadagiri Gutta temple. ord Narasimha's powers have also been known to have helped those under the influence of witchcraft and black magic. A 40 day mandala pradakshina is carried out at the temple by the devotees that need the Lord's help in curing many diseases.

Its mentions in the Skanda Purana say that a golden chakra rests atop the temple and it is in fact the golden Sudarshana Chakra of Lord Vishnu himself. This chakra holds insurmountable mystical power and is of great religious importance. Many years ago, the Sudarshan Chakra moved in the direction from which the Lord's devotees were approaching to guide them towards the temple. Legend says that the Chakra, ever since it has been resting at the temple's apex, has only moved by its own will and no human will ever possess the power to turn it.

The opulent temple boasts of a Dravidian style of architecture and lies inside a cave spanning over an area that is about 12 feet high and 30 feet long. A stairway leads you down to the chamber where the deities are manifested into the walls. You will see Jwalanarasimha in the shape of a serpent and Yogananda Narasimha resting in a meditating pose. The striking presence of the silver deities of Lakshmi Narasimha is soothing to the eyes.

Right next to the temple, towards the right, is another temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. A long horizontal gap, just below the deity of Hanuman, is where Gandebharanda Narasimha manifested. Renovation plans are suggested by the Chief Minister of Telangana, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao, and require estimated funding of approximately INR 700 crores.

Bramhostavams: Every year Sri Swamy vari Brahmothsavams are performed from Shudha Vidiya to Dwadasi (between February and March) for eleven days. During the Brahmothsavams, cultural programs like Harikathas, Bajans, Upanyasams, Bharatanatyam and dramas are arranged by inviting well-known artists and scholars from different places across the country. 

Narasimha Jayanthi: This is celebrated on the day Lord Vishnu appeared in his half human half lion form and saved his loving devotee Pralhad from the demon hiranyakashipu. On this day, various Parayanams like Ramayan, Maha Bharath, Bhagawath Geetha, Kshetra Mahathyam, etc. are arranged at the time of Brahmothsavams and Narasimha Jayanthi. The Peethadhipathis & Mathadhipathis who visit the temple during this period gives Pravachanams to the Devotees.

Swathi Sangeethotsvam: This is a music festival celebrated in South India. Sri Swamy vari Astothara Satha Ghatabhisekam performs Agama Shastra every month on Swathi Nakshatram that is the birth star of Swamy varu. The performance begins at 4:30 AM and goes on till 7:00 AM. Devotees are allowed to participate in this Sathaghatabhisekham at a charge of INR 750 for two people.

Other than conducting different poojas and other various religious activities, the temple organizes 'Vidya Peetham' sessions to educate the younger generations about their religious history and ancestors. Also, there is a Gaushala established in the temple's premises that houses cows, buffalos and other livestock. The milk required for performing the 'Nivedhana' at the temple is brought from the in-house Gaushala.

The temple distributes about 105 kgs of prasadam (prasad) that it offers to the deities for free every day after the poojas are over. There are many counters established for the distribution with special counters for ladies and all counters stay open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If you wish to buy more prasadam, the costs are as follows:

Pulihora- INR 5 
Dadyodanam- INR 3
Laddu- INR 10
Vada- INR 8

Morning:
4:00 AM to 4:30 AM- Suprabhatam
4:30 AM to 5:00 AM- Binde teertam
5:00 AM to 5:30 AM- Bala Bogam
5:30 AM to 6:30 AM- Nijabhishekam
6:30 AM to 7:15 AM- Archna
7:15 AM to 11:30 AM- Darshnamas (All)
11:30 AM to 12:30 AM- Maharaja Bogamu
12:30 AM to 3:00 PM- Darshanams
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM- Dwarabandanam

Evening:
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM- Special Darshnams
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM- Darshnamas (All)
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM- Aaradhana
7:30 PM to 8:15 PM- Archana
8:15 PM to 9:00 PM- Darshnamas (All)
9:00 PM to 9:30 PM- Maha nivedhana
9:30 PM to 9:45 PM- Shayanostavams
9:45 PM- Temple closes down

Yadagiri Gutta is only 60 km away from the hustling and bustling city of Hyderabad and is well connected by rail and road.

The nearest railway station to the temple is Raigiri Railway Station at only a distance of about 3 km, which is about 15 mins by road. One can hail a cab or an auto rickshaw after alighting at Raigiri Railway Station. One can also hire a Tanga which is a carriage drawn by horses. Many buses frequently ply to and from the TSRTC Yadagiri Bus Depot is only 450 meters away, a 7 min walk.

Yadagiri Gutta Reviews

8 months ago by Sravya Vemuri

This temple is located on the top of a hill. One can reach the top of the hill either by car, by walk or by autos. A number of autos will be waiting near the climbing area. They might charge up to Rs.50 to take you from the top to the base. The garbagriha, or the sacred sanctum is inside a cave which has a sloppy side. There is a free entry for children up to the age of 12, and the cost of one ticket is around Rs.120. two ladoos will also be given as a Prasad. The place is easily accessible from Hyderabad as well.

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