Penchalakona Temple

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Lord Narasimha manifested Himself here as a huge of rock in "Yoga mudra" and hence it acquired the name of "Penusila" (huge rock) and in course of time became famous as "Penchalakona". Legend has it that after slaying the demon Hiranya Kasyapa, Lord Narsimha bathed in Penchalakona and withdrew that "Avatara" (incarnation) of Narasimha, shedding His anger and ferocity. The Lord here goes by the name of Somasila Narasimhaswamy and has become one of the Nava Narasimhas (nine manifestations). Penchalkona lies at the foothills of Veligondalu, at a distance of 80 km from Nellore. Narasimha Jayanthi is celebrated here in the month of May when devotees flock specially on Saturdays and the Devesthanam choultries provide facilities to the pilgrims. The temple was renovated in the 10th century.
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