The above photographs are of us at Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Nacharam, and the River Haridra adjacent to the Temple. This Temple is situated along National Highway 7, and it is exactly 54 Kms. from our house at Secunderabad.
Sri Narasimha Swamy is our “Family Deity” that is “Kuladhaivam”. Though we visit Temples of all Gods with great reverence, somehow a visit to Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple anywhere becomes a little more significant and satisfying; perhaps due to generations of ancestral bonding. I have written in this column earlier of two ancient and popular Temples of Sri Narasimha Swamy, not far from Secunderabad, which we visit as often as possible. They are Sri Nampally Narasimha Swamy Temple at Nampally, close to Vemulawada and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Yadagirigutta. You may click on the links below to read about Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and these two places of pilgrimage:
Coming back to Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Nacharam, it is the closest to our house compared to the Temples at Yadagirigutta and Nampally, with an excellent Six Lane Road. Just after we cross the Toll Gate (before Toopran Town) which is about 46 Kms. from our house we have to get off NH7 and drive to the right for 8 Kms. to reach Nacharam and the Temple Complex. Of course it is not that the other two Temple Towns are far off, Yadagirigutta is 64 Kms. and Nampally 140 Kms. from our house.
The Temple at Nacharam is a very ancient one. It is said that; after Sri Vishnu in the incarnation of Sri Narasimha Swamy killed the Asura King Hiranyakashipu; he was in a very angry mood and roamed into this area, as no one was able to stop and pacify him. Sri Lakshmi Devi met him at this place and after seeing her Sri Narasimha Swamy calmed down and regained his original form of Sri Maha Vishnu. The sculptured idols in this Cave Temple signify this episode. This place got its name as Nacharam from a local devotee named Nachar. It is also known as Nacharam Gutta and Yeluru Nacharam. In ancient times it was known as Swethagiri and also as Gargeva Thapovanam. The Temple is along River Haridra across which there is a dam now. There are few other Temples around the sanctum sanctorum, that of Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy, Sri Anjaneyaswamy, Lord Shiva, Sri Dattatreya and Navagrahalu.
There are a number of Sevas conducted here every day and Utsavas from time to time in a very orthodox manner. Sri Sathyanarayana Swamy Vrathams are performed here every day by a large number of pilgrims.
We love visiting this Temple often and of course the to and fro drive and the food en route at Dhabas!