Ranked 7 among Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam
Time Required: 1-2 hrs
Situated in the city of Vishakhapatnam, the Simhachalam temple is an ornate shrine which is revered to be one of the most important temples in the region. The edifice is perched atop a hill 800 metres above the sea level and is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, who is an incarnation of Vishnu himself. Simhachalam Temple is embellished with extremely detailed stone carvings and design and can be spotted from a distance. This is the only temple in the country where Shri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami- who is a combination of the third and fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu- appears. Lord Narasimha appears here in the tribhanga posture and has two hands with the head of a lion on a human torso.
A shrine which follows strict discipline, the Simhachalam temple has detailed prayer routines for all days of the year which are undisturbed by the influx of pilgrims. This place is a treasure of traditional Vaishnavite culture, and you can study the same in the routine of the temple and the various inscriptions that it houses. Interestingly, the statue of the deity appears in its true form only for 12 hours per year on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. On any other occasion, the idol is covered with sandalwood paste. Simhachalam Temple has been a source of inspiration to many poets such as KuchimanchiTimma Kavi, Adidam Sura Kavi and the likes, owing to its rich history and strong traditional values.
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Pls suggest a good place for two senior citizens for stay. The purpose is to visit Simhachalam temple and Visakapattanam. How many steps I have to climb to reach the temple and what would be the ideal time to visit the temple on a Saturday? Besides Simhachalam temple what other temple I can go at Vizag and nearby places?
Answer: There are many decent 3-star hotels around Vishakapatnam that you could choose to stay at, which would provide a comfortable accommodation experience to two senior citizens. The Keys Select, Clarks Inn, and Fortune Inn are good examples of such hotels. Please refer to the Hotels Tab above for more information on the different types of hotels available in Vishakaptanam. To reach the temple, you will need to climb 40 - 50 stairs, but the climb is easy and can be made by senior citizens as well. It is advisable to go in the morning on a Saturday. Apart from the Simhachalam Temple, you could visit temples like the Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Temple, the Ram Krishna Kali Temple, and the Varahalakshminarashima Temple. Please refer to the Places to Visit Tab above for more information on places to visit in Vishakapatnam.