The Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Lord Narasimha at Kadiri is swayambhu, having emerged from the roots of the Khadri tree. He appears here as Ashta Bahu Narasimha (having eight hands) tearing Hiranyakasipu. Prahlada is seen standing beside him with folded hands.
About the temple
The temple of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami at Kadiri claims to be a swayambhu temple since Lord Narasimha has emerged from the Khadri tree to kill Hiranyakashipu and save His devotee Prahlada. The amazing fact is the sweat comes out of the sacred idol after Abhishekam is performed. The more the priests wipe the sweat, the more the oozing of the sweat is seen. The Chalukya and Vijayanagara rulers were believed to be the constructors of this temple. Sri Mahalakshmi, the Lords consort is understood here by the name of Sri Amruthavalli Ammavaru. Every year thousands of Hindu pilgrims from various parts of the country visit Kadiri ( Khadri ) temple and receive the blessings of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. People from not only India visit Kadiri temple but also from many other countries too.
About the Deity
The presiding deity in this temple is Lord Narasimha Swamy and is seen with eight hands and hence known as Ashta bahu Narasimha. Prahlada is seen standing with folded hands in prayer beside the Lord.
The Annual Chariot Festival or rathothsavam is conducted every year in this temple. On this holy day a huge Chariot with Lord Lakshmi Narasimha presiding in it is pulled by hundreds of devotees on the streets. Lakhs of devotees attend this Rathothsavam from nearby states to participate in the festival which is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety.
6.30 am to 12.45 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Accommodation is available on the temple premises, which is provided by temple administration. There are AC and non-AC rooms with all the amenities required.
Buses are available from all places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bangalore, and Chennai to reach the temple in Kadiri.
The nearest railway station is Kadiri. The temple is just 1.8 km away. Buses and private taxis are available to reach this temple.
The nearest airport is Sri Sathya Sai Airport in Puttaparthi. The temple is 76 km away from Puttaparthi. Local buses and private taxis are available to reach this temple at Kadiri in Anantapur.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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.