Narasimha Temple (Oriya: Narasinha Deuḷa) is situated in Puri, to the western side of Gundicha Temple and to the east of the Indradyumna pokhari.
About the Temple
The sanctuary of Narasimha is a standout amongst the oldest Vaishnava Shrines in Puri. It was built around the late thirteenth century. Located close to the upper east limit mass of the popular Gundicha Temple, the Narasimha holy place is specified in the Skanda Purana. It is said to have existed at the time King Indradyumna went by the spot. Indradyumna is said to have constructed a sanctuary for Narasimha and introduced the divinity in that, with the assistance of the Sage Narada. Indradyumna additionally performed a great many asvamedha yajnas in this sanctuary the sanctuary is confronting towards west and the tallness of the sanctuary is around 60 ft. nearby individuals likewise called this sanctuary as Nrusingha Temple and Nrusimha Temple. The managing divinity is Lord Narasimha. There are two pictures of Lord Narasimha inside the sanctuary, one behind the other. The picture in front is called Shanta Narasimha. In nearby dialect "Shanta" signifies "Quiet" or 'Calm'. Any individual who sees this picture of Lord Narasimha will have his indignation, disappointment, and uneasiness will vanish. The Deity in the back is called Ugra Narasimha. In nearby dialect "Ugra" signifies 'Angry'. He is the inside disposition of Narasimha.
About the Deity
The Deity is known as Yajna-Narasimha. Shantha Narasimha (serene) is in the front. Shantha Narasimha has human-like elements: a sharp nose, surprising mustache and an outstretched tongue. By seeing Shantha Narasimha one will feel cool and loose; all annoyance, uneasiness and dissatisfaction will vanish.
Legend and Stories
Once a Muslim marauder named Kalapahad ransacked Puri and broke many Deities. Upon seeing Shantha Narasimha, his anger subsided and he did not touch the Deity. Deity behind is Ugra Narasimhadeva. He is in the angry mood of Narasimha, which is not usually seen and may be seen only with the help of the pujari’s lamp.As depicted in the Skanda Purana once King Indradyumna stayed near Nilakantheswar temple to make arrangements to perform Ashwamedha Yajna (Horse sacrifice) for one thousand years. On the advice of Sage Narada, King Indradyumna made a Nrusimha image out of black stone and placed the image under black sandal wood tree and worshipped Him. It is believed that in front of this temple the Ashwamedha Yajna took place and hence He known as 'Yajna Narasimha'. Devotees will earn more punya if they make a darsana of Sri Nilakantheswar, Yagna Narasimha and Panchamuki Hanuman (Lord Hanuman image with five faced) after the sacred bath in Indradyumna Tank. Festivals like Narasimha Janma, Satapuri Amavasya etc. are observed in Nrusingha temple with great devotion.
Once a Muslim raider named Kalapahad stripped Puri and broke numerous Deities. After seeing Shantha Narasimha, his indignation died down and he didn't touch the Deity. Divinity behind is Ugra Narasimhadeva. He is in the irate inclination of Narasimha, which is not typically seen and might be seen just with the assistance of the pujari's lamp. As portrayed in the Skanda Purana once King Indradyumna stayed close Nilakantheswar sanctuary to make game plans to perform Ashwamedha Yajna (Horse penance) for one thousand years. On the exhortation of Sage Narada, King Indradyumna made a Nrusimha picture out of dark stone and put the picture under dark shoe wood tree and venerated Him. It is trusted that before this sanctuary the Ashwamedha Yajna occurred and henceforth He known as 'Yajna Narasimha'. Devotees will procure more punya in the event that they make a darsana of Sri Nilakantheswar, Yagna Narasimha and Panchamuki Hanuman (Lord Hanuman picture with five confronted) after the hallowed shower in Indradyumna Tank. Celebrations like Narasimha Janma, Satapuri Amavasya and so on are seen in Nrusingha sanctuary with awesome commitment.
The temple is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal.There are many ways of getting to India and then to Puri. There are regular bus services from other main cities of the country to Puri. Puri is linked with Bhubaneswar by state highway no.8 and Bhubanaswar is situated along the National Highway no.5 connecting Chennai and Kolkata. The best way to go from Bhubaneswar to Puri is on one of the State Govt. buses, mini buses and tourist buses. For reaching around puri - cycle rickshaws are available all over town and also available auto rickshaws.
Puri is well connected by Railways. The Railway Station of Puri is in The heart of the town and near to all hotels.
The nearest airport is located in Bhubaneswar the capital city of Odisha. Bhubaneswar is connected by air to cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad.
Yajna Narasimha Temple,
Pincode - 752002
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To overcome anger
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.