The Shri Varah Lakshmi Narasimha temple , is a south Indian temple situated at 800meters above sea level at a distance of ten miles to the north of Visakhapatnam at Simhachalam , Andhra Pradesh.
This temple is a worshiping place for Lord Vishnu devotees who worship Lord Vishnu in his Varaha Narsimha form. As per the legend of the temple which is of around 32 chapters, Lord Vishnu manifested in this from of a boar head , human body and a lion’s tail for saving his devotee Prahlada from murder attempt by his father Hiranyakashipu. The idol of Varaha Narsimha is covered with sandalwood paste throughout the year (giving it a look of Shiva Lingam) except one day that is on Akshya Tritiya.
Among the 32 Narsimha temples in Andhra Pradesh , Simhachalam is one important center. During the medieval period along with Srikurumam and others Simhachalam was also regarded an important centre of Vaisgnavism. With the help of inscriptions by Chalukya Chola king Kulottunga historians could find out that the temple was build somewhere around the 9th century AD .
Architecture at Simhachalam is quite a combination of Orissan, Chalukyas and the Cholas.
To signify victory temple’s face is made towards the west instead of east. To temple tanks are build one near the temple names Swami Pushkarini and the other one at the bottom of the hill named Gangadhara. The temple is a house for many sub-shrines and a few mandapams.
After Tirumala Simachalam is stated as the second largest in terms of income earned in Andhra Pradesh. The two major festivals celebrated in the temple are Kalyanotsava and Chandanotsava , followed by Narasimha Jayanti , Navaratritsava and Kamadahana . Influence of Dravida Sampradaya ( The custom followed by Tamil Nadu) can be easily seen in all the festivals celebrated in Simhachalam . In Government Oriental Manuscripts Library , Chennai a lot of books related to the temple filled with poems , stories and history can be found .