Temples of Telangana – III – Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple, Nampally Gutta – Creative idea for a temple, anyone?

Just 2 kms from Vemulawada is an interesting little temple, the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Nampally Gutta. The temple is on a small hillock on the Vemulawada-Karimnagar highway. We had seen pictures of the temple while reading up on Vemulawada and when we found it right next to the highway, we decided to visit it anyway.

High abodes for Lord Narasimha 

Have you noticed that most temples for Lord Narasimha are located on hills? Starting from the popular temples like Ahobilam right upto small temples in remote villages, almost all Lord Narasimha’s temples are on hills, wonder if there is a reason or significance for this? Adhering to the same tradition is the little temple of Nampally Gutta.

Vehicles can go upto a certain point on the hill and from there a few hundred steps lead you to the top, the climb is a slightly steep.

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On top of the hill is the small temple dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha.

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We do not know if the temple is an ancient one or was built recently. If it is ancient, it does not look so or probably it was rebuilt recently. When we walked around the temple, we realized that temple is actually attached to a huge rock, probably, there was an idol carved out of the rock and then this temple was built around it.

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The temple premises is a nice place to sit and gaze over the landscape on a pleasant day.

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Watch out ! The great, big snake !

From the hill we could see the Vemulawada town, the dry river bed of the Godavari and this great, big snake Kaliya with Lord Krishna dancing on its hood !

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If you are wondering what that it is, well, that is a temple for Naga Devatha, a very creative idea for a temple ! The temple is on the way to the hill, we stopped here on our way back.

The temple seems to have been built a few years ago, no idea who came up with this thought. At the entrance there is a statue of Lord Narasimha appearing from a pillar.

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The entrance to the temple is Rs.2/-, you climb the few steps leading towards the snake and then you literally enter the snake’s belly – a long, winding tunnel ! As soon as we entered, we screamed in fright ! Sitting on the floor of the tunnel was a statue of a demon, which had eyes that were so lifelike that we almost thought he would get up and pounce on us ! We walked in cautiously, almost certain that something would jump on us ! Throughout the path of the tunnel, which is actually the Kaliya’s belly, there are statues depicting the story of Prahalada and Hiranyakasipu. As usual, people have defaced the walls with graffiti.

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The statue of Hiranyakasipu looked very familiar, on closer observation, it looked like the legendary actor S.V.Ranga Rao who played the role of Hiranyakasipu in the famous Telugu film “Bhakta Prahalada” !! Even Prahalada’s statue looked very similar to the get up in the movie !

When you reach the end of the tunnel, on a platform is the statue of Lord Narasimha killing the demon Hiranyakasipu, a very fearsome looking statue. Whoever built those statues should be commended for the effort. We did not take pictures of the inner chamber because it was like the Garbhalayam.

There are also a few ancient idols of Naga Devatha. They sell milk in small cups here for Rs.10/- each and you can perform abhishekam to one of the snake statues. We performed the abhishekam, prayed and walked out of Kaliya’s belly !

Whoever came up with this idea should be appreciated for their creative thinking, it was the most amusing and fun temple we ever visited. Take your kids here and tell them the story of Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna or even better, you become a kid again and relive the stories that you heard in your childhood !

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