The temple in Ahobila consists of nine shrines of Lord Nrisimha swamy is located at Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills of the eastern ghats, about 400 KM northwest of Chennai. The nine different forms are Prahlada Varada, Chatrata, Garuda, Yoga, Urga, Krodha, Malola, Jwala and Lakshmi Narasimha. There is also a shrine for Prahaladavarada Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain. The temple in Ahobilam is situated on the top and is referred as Upper Ahobilam and down below is called Lower Ahobilam. The temple is of total 5KM in radius. The deity of Lord Narasimha is shown in a sitting posture with jatagata or matted hair. Ahobilam is where Lord Narashima killed Hiranyakasipu and saved Prahalada. The legend says that this place got the name Ahobilam because, Hiranyakasipu exclaimed Ahobilam! Ahobilam!` when he saw the ferocious and gigantic form of Lord Narasimha leading the name Ahobilam. It is said that the lord had settled in midst of dense forests in nine different forms because of the Garuda who wished for a vision of Lord Nrisimha in the form of the avathara hence the hill is also called as Garudadri, Garudachalam, and Garudasailam. Mahalakshmi took avathar as Senjulakshmi among the Senju, tribal hunters of the hills, and married the Lord. The temples of upper and lower Ahobilam are, Ahobilam Narasimha, Kroda Narasimha, Jwala Narasimha and Malola Narasimha on upper Ahobila and Yogananda Narasimha, Chatravata Narasimha, Pavana Narasimha, Bhargava Narasimha.
Hindu Dharmic Sammelan (Congregation of Hindu Organizations and Leaders) Topic: Restoring the Richness and Glory of Ancient Hindu Temples Dates: June 24 and 25 (Saturday & Sunday) Venue: Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vari Devasthanam Dwaraka Tirumala, West Godavari District, AP Theme of the Sammelan GHHF is conducting Hindu Dharmic Sammelan to discuss the plight of ancient Hindu Temples, to find out how to protect them, to assess the efforts to repeal the Endowment Act and to develop Management Module to manage Hindu Temples independent of government control. Revival of local customs, and traditions specific different regions will be discussed. More specifically, we will encourage Hindu Leaders to focus on the traditions and customs of Hindu Temples that have enriched our religion for millennia across different states peculiar to that region.