Madurai city fascinates me a lot. It is well planned city as the whole town is created around the Madurai Meenakhi temple, the streets are designed like the petals of a lotus. Keep moving through the streets and one would see how lively each street is.There is a saying that this city never sleeps.
The temple city and surroundings have umpteen number temples which I have visited and posted here during my sojourns to this favourite city of mine.
Last visit to this temple city, included a visit to an 8th century ( 770 AD) temple of Yoga Narasimhar , Yaanamalai at Narasigham village. This is famous landmark which lies on the outskirts of Madurai. Yanamalai is a huge rock which resembles a huge sleeping elephant ( yaanai in Tamil means elephant) .
This temple of Narasimhar is carved out of rock and the monolithic idol of Lord Narasimhar is found in the inner most part of the cave . The idol of Lord shines as it is adorned in silver kavacham and silk. The aura surrounding the deity envelopes one as we near the sanctum. It is an overwhelming experience. The Lord here is sitting here as Santhaswaroopi as he is giving darshan as Yoga Narasimhar.
The utsava moorthy of this temple is unique as the deity is in a standing posture with Sudarshana Chakra and the conch in his upper hands and with mace and abhayamudra in lower two hands.
Spend a little time with folded hands and receive blessings of the Lord here.
The thayar here is Narasingha valli and her shrine is just near the entrance of the temple.
The temple has beautiful tower and there is also a big lotus pond outside the temple, a temple worth visiting to experience the bliss which will touch one and all who believes in Him.
The temple is built by Pandyas and is situated on the Madurai- Melur road at about 8 Kms from Maduri city.
How to reach- Madurai is well connected by rail, road and air. Bus , auto rickshaws as well as cabs ply to this temple.
Excellent accommodation facilities are available in city of Madurai.
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