Simhachalam Temple, Andhra Pradesh – Overview
The Simhachalam Temple is located on a hill called Simhachalam near the city of Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, South India. This temple is one of the main temples among the 32 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The Simhachalam temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is famous for the two incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the Varaha and Narasimha avatars. Simhachalam Temple is a famous Hindu temple.
History of this Temple
The Simhachalam temple was established in the Satyuga by the devotee Prahlad. At present, the history of this temple is about 1000 years old. According to ancient historians, according to the inscription of the Chola king Kulottunga I, the Simhachalam temple has been recognized to be of the 11th century.
The same inscription shows that this temple belongs to the era of the Chola king Kulottunga. Another inscription suggests that the sanctum sanctorum of this temple was built in 1267 AD.
There is another inscription left by King Krishnadeva Raya who visited this temple twice in 1516 AD and 1519 AD to celebrate his victory against the ruler of Orissa. Apart from this, there are ancient texts in the temple which are written in Telugu and Oriya languages, these texts also tell about the construction of Simhachalam temple. So it is very difficult to dedicate the name of any one to the construction of this place.
Simhachalam Temple, Timings
This temple opens at 4.00am in the morning and closed at 9.00pm in the night.
Place to visit near Simhachalam Temple
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is situated in the middle of Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Andhra Pradesh. It is the third largest zoo in India. This garden has been named after the former Prime Minister of our country, Indira Gandhi.
It was opened to the public on 19 May 1977. This garden is spread over an area of 625 acres. Primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, and a variety of birds are found in this zoo.
Kailasagiri is a hilltop park near the city of Visakhapatnam. The park was built by the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority. The entire Visakhapatnam city is visible from the top of this mountain.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh awarded Kailashgiri as the best tourist destination in 2003.Kailasagiri is located about 10 km from Visakhapatnam Railway Station and about 8 km from Visakhapatnam Dwarka Bus Station.
Ramakrishna Beach is also known as R’s Beach. This beach is located on the banks of the Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. This beach is named after the Ramakrishna Mission ashram located near the beach.
Victory at Sea War Memorial
This Sea Memorial was built after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. This monument is a symbol of India’s victory. Which is dedicated to the sailors of the Indian Navy and the Eastern Naval Command. This monument was constructed in the year 1996. It is located on the Beach Road of Visakhapatnam.
How to reach Simhachalam Temple
By Air- Nearest railway station from this temple is Visakhapatnam International Airport which is located at the distance of about 14 kms from the temple. From here you can easily reach this temple by local transport.
By Train- Nearest railway station from this temple is Simhachalam railway station, which is located at the distance of about 11 kms from this temple. From here you can easily reach this temple by local transport.
By Road- You can easily reach this temple by using state transport buses, private buses and taxis from any city in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
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