Yadagirigutta is a town located in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district of Telangana state. The town is known for Sri lakshmi narasimha swamy temple. The temple so famous in telangana state that people of Telangana visit the lord Narasimha here on every occasion such as Marriages, child births etc. This is known as pancha narasimha kshetram as lord vishnu incarnated himself in five forms as Sri Jwala Narasimha, Sri Yogananda, Sri Gandabherunda, Sri Ugra and Sri Lakshminarasimha.
The town is named after a sage Yadarishi who has done penance to Lord to lord Narasimha. Pleased by the sage’s penance, lord Vishnu appeared to the sage in the incarnation of five forms as stated above hence this place is known as Pancha narasimha kshetram.
How to reach:
By Air: Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport with a distance of 93 KM. Travellers can book a cab from airport to/from yadagirigutta.
By Train: Raigir is the nearest railway station with a distance of 3 KM. Raigir railway station is well connected by trains from Hyderabad. Devotees can travel to the temple by a tanga from Raigir railway station.
By road: TSRTC is operating buses from many important nearest location. One such location is Hyderabad. It is a good idea to hire a cab/take own vehicle to travel from Hyderabad. On the way to Yadagirigutta, bhongir fort, which is located on huge rock at a commendable height , can be seen.
Where to stay:
There are many small hotels in Yadagirigutta. However, as the temple is the only main attraction devotees can plan a day visit without overnight stay.
South Indian Telangana food such as rice, dal, chutney, sabji, sambar and curd are available. Further, fresh seasonal fruits such as mango, blueberry, pine apple are available. Fresh kallu (Palm wine or toddy) is available roadside at many places on the way to Yadagirigutta. Kallu is sour beverage made from fermented sap, but not as strong as wine.
When we visited Yadagirigutta for the first time, we had darshan of the deity located on the hill (which is called gutta in telugu). However, this time, we found that there are two Narasimha swamy temples in the same place.
Temple located at the footsteps of the hill is known as ‘PATHA NARASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLE’. As per the information from the local sources, this is where the lord Narasimha incarnated himself. At this temple, devotees are allowed to give bali (Animal sacrificial) and cook food.
There is separate space allocated for cooking of the food. Vessels for cooking are available for rent in many shops in the town. Devotees can reach the temple by Tanga (Horse cort) or Autos.
Temple located on the hill is known as ‘GUTTA MIDA NARASIMHA SWAMY’. Free darshan and special darshan (150/-) are available. There is so much of rush in the temple on weekends. Devotees can opt for 501/- ticket to sit and do pooja inside the temple. Coconuts are allowed to break at the exit gate of the temple. Devotees can reach the temple by steps or by road.
Four wheelers are not allowed onto the hill. Local autos are available to reach the hill at minimal prices. Devotees travelling by bus from nearest cities can take a bus which reaches directly to the hill.
Other places of interest:
Kunda satyanarayana kaladhamam – surendrapuri is another main attraction in Yadagirigutta. This is open space museum dedicated to Hindu mythology featuring large replicas of important Hindu temples. Entry fee was Rs.300/-. There is a panchamukha anjaneyar temple where entry was free and navagraha temples inside the Kaladhamam. Further, there is a small goshala with 4-5 cows. There is ample space for parking in this location. I saw people coming in, having lunch here and go for darshan.
- Main attraction is Tanga. Kids enjoy the ride in horse tangas.
- Surendrapuri is a good place to visit where kids enjoy watching giant sculptures of Hanuman, Shiva etc. This is a chance to explain our traditional values and stories related to each god.
- There are two temples of the Lord Narasimha swamy in the town. One is at the footsteps of the hill and the other one is on the hill.
- Devotees can leave cheppals in any shop where you buy coconuts and flowers.