Nava Narasimhar Temple, Avaniyapuram – Legends
Avani means Lion in Sanskrit and hence the name Avaniya Puram to this place, originally this sacred place called as Avani Narayana Puram and during the days it became Avaniyapuram.
Mahalakshmi with Lion Face:
During the time of Thretha Yuga Lord Brahma was doing the yaga and at that time from the yaga’s fire Lord Narasimha has appeared in front of him. Due to the heat lord doesn’t had the face when he come up. Seeing this Mahalakshmi Thayar told to Narasimhar that how you will give darshan to bhaktas without face hence please grant me your face to me. Pleased by the Thayar lord gives his face and hence in this Kshetra Thayar with lion face giving darshan to all and this day is celebrated once in 60 Years of Sarvadhari Samvathsarm, Aani Month 9th day.
Only on this day 4 types of Naivedhya Prasadam will be offered to lords of this hill temple.
· For Mahalakshmi Thayar – Sarkarai Pongal
· For Narasimhar – Puliyodharai
· For Srinivasa Perumal – Curd Rice
· For Yoga Narasimhar – Ven Pongal
Lord Darshan to Brigu Rishi as Five Desam Deities:
Lord Narasimha had given darshan to Brigu Maharishi in the form of five Divya Desa Deities viz Tirupathi Balaji, Sholingur Narasimhar, Kanchi Varadaraja Perumal, Srirangam Ranganathar and the Ahobilam Nava Narasimhars.