History

Malakonda

Malakonda is the abode of Shri Jwala Narasimha Swami one of the nine manifestations of Narasimha Swami and his Divine consort Sri Mahalakshmi.

So goes the history of the Holy place according to the Ancient lore that when Goddess Lakshmi was massaging the feet of the Lord Srimannarayan, the Lord graciously looked at the Goddess and signaled to her to ask for any boon which he was prepared to grant. The Goddess in her infinite compassion for the mankind pleaded: ‘O Lord, people in the world are suffering untold miseries caught in the wheel of Life and Death without knowing a way out. Be pleased to establish a Holy Kshetra which we can make our habitat from where we can save the mankind from the miseries afflicting them’. The Lord immediately sent his garland to take the form of Hill on earth and that is Mallyadri. This beautiful Hill which abounds with all kinds of trees, fruits and flowers, birds and animals came to be known as Malakonda in course of time. The Lord manifested here as Jwala Narasimha Swami along with his Divine consort Goddess Mahalakshmi.

The Sage Agasthya who could see with his distant vision the holy Hill and the Lord and the Goddess manifested there, thought it was the place most suited for his penance, reached there and started a severe penance. One evening when the sage is deeply immersed in his penance, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, clad in red silken robes, wearing red ornaments, with red sandal paste smeared over his body and shining in bright red light appeared before him. As the Lord appeared before the sage in brilliant red radiance, he was called Jwala Narasimha Swami.

The Lord who appeared before the sage asked him what he wants and the sage prayed: ‘Lord, six days in a week you may accept the worship of the saints and celestial beings but you may allot the last day of the week, namely, Saturday for the worship of human beings’. The Lord granted the boon at once. Since then, lakhs and lakhs of devotees have been getting up the Holy Hill which was lying intractable for ages and worshipping the Lord Lakshminarasimha Swami. A number of saints and sages in their subtle invisible forms are engaged in severe penance on this Holy Hill.

One day when the Lord went out for hunting he fell in love with a tribal woman and married her. Having come to know of this, Goddess Lakshmi left perturbed. A huge stone boulder stood in her way and the Goddess broke it and made her way to the top of the hill where she sat. It is a matter of surprise that the streak of the way thus formed, though narrow, enables anybody however fat and obese to pass through.

A holy ‘Siva Linga’ is installed in one of the Malakonda caves and lower down below the temple of Shiva, there is a Parvati Temple. There are a number of water-falls and sacred water bodies on this Holy Hill. Among them Narasimha, Varuna, Kapila, Agasthya, Sankara, Jyoti and Indra Tirthas are famous and known as sacred Seven Tirthas.

A number of Divine spirits are actively moving on the Hill all the time. Therefore, it is the good fortune of the devotees to be allowed to worship the Lord on Saturday that too, between sun-rise and sun-set and get blessed.

Ahobilam

The powerful Ahobilam is one of the nine Narasimha Kshetras. The sage Agasthya had established the Shiva Bilam, (cave). This is the abode of great saints who are always engaged in severe penance here. Sri Ramaduta Swamiji is the head of the great, divine and sacred cave, today. A pilgrimage to Ahobila Kshetra, or as the saying goes, anywhere within a radius of 24 miles (three Amadas, Amada measuring 8 miles) around the kshetra is 100 times more fruitful than a pilgrimage to Benaras, Gaya and Prayag. A Pilgrimage to Gaya is to please the ancestors, a dip in the Ganges is for getting rid of the sins, and a pilgrimage to Banares is get “Taraka Mantropadesam’ the means of liberation but pilgrimage to Ahobilam ensures much more than the above three put together.

Bhairavakona:

It is a sacred place near Pamur of Prakasam District. A number of great saints, siddhas and Avadhutas and other divine beings are engaged in spiritual practices here.

Siddheswaram:

This sacred place is situated near Polamgaripalli of Sitarampuram in Nellore District. Here also sadhakas at various levels are immersed in spiritual practices. These sacred places are referred to here because Sri Ramaduta Swamiji did his Sadhana at all these places as already mentioned.