Thursday, June 7, 2018

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple, Narasingam, Yanaimalai – The Temple

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple, Narasingam, Yanaimalai – The Temple
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple is situated at the foot of the Yanaimalai hill. The Hill is called as Hasthigiri or Gajagiri. This is a beautiful temple with a wonderful temple tank to its north filled with water lilies. This Temple is equipped with Maha Mandapam, Garuda Mandapam, Artha Mandapam, Mukha Mandapam and Sanctum. There is no separate flagstaff (Kodi Maram) in this temple. This is a rock cut temple and the main deity Narasimhar is carved out of the rock.

This temple has a small, square-shaped sanctum sanctorum and Artha Mandapam (hall). Presiding Deity is called as Yoga Narasimhar and is facing west. The Yoga Narasimha idol at the temple is six feet high, sculpted on the hill itself. Narasingar, in a seated posture, performing penance, can be seen carved in the sanctum sanctorum. His front two hands are folded and are resting on his knees, while the two hands behind can be seen holding the Chakra (wheel) and Shangu (conch). The chakra (wheel) in the hands of Lord Narasimha looks almost like that of prayoga chakra (wheel). 

The temple is unique for its Utsava idol of Varada Narasimha in a standing posture with the Sudarsana and Panchajanya in his upper two hands while the left lower hand holds the Gathai (club weapon) and the right is in the Abhaya Hastha posture (blessing pose). This idol is a rare and unique form which is not seen elsewhere. Usually, in Narasimha temples the Utsava idol would be Srinivasa or a similar form. This would be the only Narasimha temple where the Utsava idol is also Narasimha.

Mother is called as Narasingavalli and she is housed in separate shrine facing south. Her shrine is located at the entrance of The Temple. There are shrines for Anjaneya and Garuda in the Temple premises. Theertham associated with this Temple is Chakra Theertham. Inscriptions say that there was also an agraharam for Vedic Brahmins, but there is no trace of it now.

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