Penchalakona is located near Gonupalli. It is in Ravuru Mandalam, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy, fourth incarnation in Dasavataras of Lord Vishnu. It is 361 km from Vijayawada, and 70 km from Nellore, 115 km from Tirupathi. In earlier days it was a thick forest. It is situated near Velegonda Padapeetam, in Eastern Ghats. It is located in the border of Nellore and Kadapa districts. This temple is believed to be existing form KRUTA YUGAM. Lord here is called as PENCHULA NARASIMHA SWAMY or SOMASILA NARASIMHA SWAMY. It is believed to be one of the NAVA NARASIMHA KSHETRAS (among the 9important Narasimha Swamy Temples).
Lord Vishnu took Narasimha avatram to kill HIRANYAKASIPA. After killing Hiranyakasipa, Lord was moving in this forest with Ugra Rupa. In order to calm down the anger of Narasimha Swamy, Goddess Sridevi came in a disguise of Chenchu Lakshmi (name of a tribe, that lives in that area), daughter of the king for that tribe. Lord married Chenchu Lakshmi and became Son – in –law of the tribes. So Chenchu tribes are given importance in this temple. Lord looks as if he hugged (penavasukovatam) Chechu Lakshmi, so he is called as Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. As time passed by it is called as Penchula Narasimha. The deity inside the temple is Swayanbhu(self manifested).
Temple is built according to the Agama Silpa Satra. It has big Rajagoopuram. On the side of this temple we can see KANVAMUKHI RIVER. Now a day it is called as KANDALERU. On the other bank of the river we can see ADI LAKSHMI DEVI TEMPLE.
In Vaisaka Masam Brahmostavas are done for 5 days on the occasion of birthday of Narasinha Swamy. Chenchu tribes are given first importance in this Utsavas. First Nivedyam is offered by Chenchu tribes in this Brahmostavas. They offer fruits, honey to their son-in-law.
Speciality of this temple
Devotees offer silver and gold umbrellas. When Lord went to Bairavakona Rishi’s caught umbrellas for Lord, so this place is called as CHATRAVATA, and Lord is also called as CHATRAVATI NARASIMHA SWAMY.
During Dasara, Navaratri Utsavas are celebrated grandly.
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TEMPLES NEAR BY
1. Bhairava Kona is 5kms from Penchalakona.
2. ACHUTA SWAMY TEMPLE is 26KMS from Penchalakona.
3. GOLLA BOYA TEMPLE is 5KMS from Penchalakona.