Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Narasingham Yoga Narasimhar temple,Yanamalai Near Madurai

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.
you may get in touch with me for any queries at manchitra.yahoo.co.in


sm said...

beautiful photos
if possible add the closeup shots zoom shots of temple art

chitra said...

Thanks for suggestion Sm, will do. Also need to add share button.

KParthasarathi said...

Your write up about this unique temple males me much desirous of visiting the temple and receive the blessings of Yoga Narasimhar. The pictures give a glimpse of the great temple.

chitra said...

Thanks Kp