Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Narasimha Konda





Narasimha Konda is a hill near the town of Jonnawada in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh state in India. It is a Hindu pilgrimage centre and the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the God Narasimha.



Vedagiri Lakshminarasimha Swamy devasthanam came into being nearly 500 years ago, on the summit of Narasimha konda. According to the rock inscriptions, this temple was built by the Pallava king Narsimha Varma in the ninth century.  There are seven tanks (Koneru) around the temple with a spectacular hill top view of the river Penna and Nellore city.



The goddess here in Vedagiri is called as Chench Lakshmi. According to Prahladhopakyanam Narasimha Swamy (Nrusimha swamy) married Chench Lakshmi. According to rock inscription this temple was built by the one of the kings came from pallav's and his name is Narasimha Varma of the 9th century.





It is believed that according to Brahma Puranam on this place the Kasyapa rishi (sage) along with another seven sagees called as Saptharishi's performed seven Yagna's on this hill. Lord Narasimha Swamy appeared following this Yagnam. It is also believed that Lord Venkateswara Swamy set his foot on this hill.





In the Ramayanam (Aranya Kanda) it was mentioned that Sri Rama visited this place as part of his exile. There are caves here named ‘Ashwatthama caves”. Ashwatthaama is said to have been cursed by Lord Krishna for killing the sons of Draupadi in the battlefield of Mahabharata. To get absolved of this sin, Ashwathama is still believed to be living in these caves as an immortal being and observing penance.