About Temple History

Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, Thimmampet

The temple is situated at Thimmampet village, Duggondi mandal, in Warangal district, Telenagana State. The original temple is believed to be constructed around 450 years ago by Kakatiya Kings. The temple’s main entrance is located on south side towards which Lord Narasimha deity faces. There are very few temples with Lord Narasimha facing towards south. Lord Narasimha sits in a Yogic posture and thus is called 'Yogananda Narasimha-Swamy' the beauty of the deity is beyond description by human beings. It is seen by many and quite often by temple priests that a white colored divine serpent guards and moves around the deity.

In the same mandapam on right side of the Lord Narasimha deity is Sri Shika Anajaneyaswamy deity is situated. This is one of the rare statue of Lord Anajaneya to have shika. The sanctum sanctorum (garbha gudi ) houses 9 Alwars along with uthsawa murthies. Sri Yogananda Narasimha Swamy is the family deity for thousands of villagers of Thimmampet and nearby five villages and is regarded as one of the powerful temple. The temple is being re-constructed now with addition of Lord Venkateswara facing towards east entrance under same mandapam.

Narasiṁha and Prahlāda Story

Viṣṇu as Narasiṁha kills Hiraṇyakaśipu, stone sculpture from the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu, Karnataka Bhagavata Purāṇa describes that in his previous avatar as Varāha, Viṣṇu killed the asura Hiraṇayakṣa. The younger brother ofHirṇayakṣa, Hiraṇyakaśipu wanted revenge on Viṣṇu and his followers. He undertook many years of austere penance to take revenge on Viṣṇu:[5] Brahma thus offers the demon a boon and Hiraṇyakaśipu asks for immortality. Brahma tells him this is not possible, but that he could bind the death of Hiraṇyakaśipu with conditions. Hiraṇyakaśipu agreed:

O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you. Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought about by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal.

Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving created by you. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.

Brahma said, Tathāstu (so be it) and vanished. Hiraṇyakaśipu was happy thinking that he had won over death.[6] One day while Hiraṇyakaśipu performed austerities at Mandarācala Mountain, his home was attacked by Indra and the other devatās. protect Kayādu, whom he describes as sinless. his care and while under the guidance of Nārada, her unborn child (Hiraṇyakaśipu's son) Prahālada, becomes affected by the transcendental instructions of the sage even at such a young stage of development. Thus, Prahlāda later begins to show symptoms of this earlier training by Nārada, gradually becoming recognized as a devoted follower of Viṣṇu, much to his father's disappointment.[9] Hiraṇyakaśipu furious at the devotion of his son to Viṣṇu, as the same god had killed his brother. Finally, he decides to commit filicide.[10] but each time he attempts to kill the boy, Prahlāda is protected by Viṣṇu's mystical power. When asked, Prahlāda refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe and claims that Viṣṇu is all-pervading and omnipresent. Hiraṇyakaśipu points to a nearby pillar and asks if 'his Viṣṇu' is in it and says to his son Prahlāda: O most unfortunate Prahlāda, you have always described a supreme being other than me, a supreme being who is above everything, who is the controller of everyone, and who is all-pervading. But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?[11]

[7] At this point the Devarṣi (divine sage)Nārada intervenes to [8] Following this event, Nārada takes Kayādu into Prahlāda then answers, He was, He is and He will be. In an alternate version of the story, Prahlāda answers, He is in pillars, and he is in the smallest twig. Hiraṇyakaśipu, unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and following a tumultuous sound, Viṣṇu in the form of Narasiṁha appears from it and moves to attack Hiraṇyakaśipu. in defense of Prahlāda. In order to kill Hiraṇyakaśipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasiṁha is chosen. Hiraṇyakaśipu cannot be killed by human, deva or animal. Narasiṁha is neither one of these as he is a form of Viṣṇu incarnate as a part-human, part- animal. He comes upon Hiraṇyakaśipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his sharp fingernails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon.[12] The Bhagavata Purāṇa further narrates: even after killing Hiraṇyakaśipu, none of the present demigods are able to calm Narasiṁha's fury, not even Śiva. So all the gods and goddesses call his consort, Lakṣmī, but she is also unable to do so. Then, at the request of Brahma, Prahlāda is presented to Narasiṁha, and finally he is calmed by the prayers of his devotee.[13] Before parting, Narasiṁha rewards the wise Prahlāda by crowning him as the king.

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  • vAnamAmalai mutt is an ancient srIvaishNava mutt which was established by ponnadikkAl jIyar under the orders of maNavALa mAmunigaL.
  • vAnamAmalai mutt is an ancient srIvaishNava mutt which was established by ponnadikkAl jIyar under the orders of maNavALa mAmunigaL.