Sree Narasimha Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in Kottayam, Kerala. Devotees come to the temple with prayers of protection from evil. 'Kozha Sree Narasimhaswami Temple' is a Hindu temple located in Kuravilangad, kottayam,Kerala, India.
About the Deity
Narasimha Swamy is worshiped in several forms and one is 'Lakshmi Sametha Narasimha Swamy' which is in a very calm and pleasant mood.Another form is 'Abhaya Narasimha Moorthy'.At Kuravilangadu Kozha temple.
Legend and stories
The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha.Lord Narasimha is the fourth incarnation (Avatar) of lord Mahavishnu to kill and give moksha to Hiranyakasipu. Hiranyakashipu had the blessing that could not be killed by human, deva or animal; neither in day nor at night; neither inside or outside ; neither in space nor in earth. Lord Vishnu too Narasimha form which is neither human, animal nor devas, as a part human, part animal. He comes to Hiranyakashipu at twilight, when it is neither day nor night, on the threshold of a courtyard neither indoors nor outside, and puts the demon on his lap , neither earth nor space. Using his nails, neither animate nor inanimate as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon.Even after killing Hiranyakashipu, Lord Narasimha could not control his anger. None of the demigods were able to calm Narasimha's anger. Thus, at the request of Narada, Prahlada was brought to Lord Narasimha, and finally, he was calmed by the prayers of his devotee. He is invoked by His devotees in danger and there are testimonies of people who were saved by Him. After killing the Hiranyakasipu, Lord Narasimha was calmed by the prayers of Prahalada is with Lakshmi in the kind Bhava. The idol in the form of Narasimha Moorthy showers his blessings in Kozha Sree Narasimha Swami Temple.
As per the legends it is the very ancient temple in Kerala with Lord Narasimha as presiding deity. Kozha Sree Narasimha Swami is the one and only Swayambhoo Narasimha Idol in Kerala. In ancient time this place was ruled by the Vadakkumkoor Raja. At that time this place was a thick forest. Kozha Sree Narasimha Moorthy had been taking his birth in Kozha, kuravilangad a valley at that time. It is believed that a Vana Veda who found at first the idol of Lord Narasimha from the soil. Some people believe that he was not a real veada but the lord Shiva as himself in the form of veda who found the idol. The Vettakkoru Makan (Son of Sree Parameshwara and Parvathy when they took the form of Kiratha and Veda Sthree) temple situated near by the Narasimha swami temple is proof the story. There are also some legends behind the sacred Pond. The people near by the temple believed that the pond is believed to be built by a Bhootham (monster). And it was called that Bhootham Kuthiya Kulam (pond built by a monster). But after the renewal of the pond it lost its huge size even though the old citizens called it Bhootham Kuthiya Kulam now also. Dakshinamorthy (a form of Lord Siva as a Guru) and Lord Ganesha are the sub deities installed in a single sanctum besides the right side of Lord Narasimha.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Protection from evil
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.