Ahobilam is located in Allagadda Mandal in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. This place is located 40kms away from Nandyal. According to historical mythology, Lord Narasimha Killed Demon Hiranyakashipu, father of Prahlada at this place. This place is famous for beautiful temples. Ahobilam is divided into lower Ahobilam and Upper Ahobilam. This place is considered as one of the 108 Vaishnava Divydesams in India. At this place 9 temples dedicated to Lord Narsimha.
What to see at Ahobilam:
Bhargava Narasimha Swamy Temple: At this place Bhargava Rama performed penance. It is located at a distance of 2kms away from Lower Ahobilam.
Pavana Narashimha Swamy: It is located 6kms away from Upper Ahobilam. Other name of this temple is Prahalada Varada Sannidhi. Other attractions at this temple are Prahlada Mettu and Ugra Sthambham.
Jwala Narasimha Swamy temple: It is located on the hill. Name of this hill is Achalachaya Meru. This is located 4kms away from Upper Ahobilam. At this place fierce anger of the Lord reached its culmination when he tore Hiranyakasipu.
Malola Narasmhima Swamy Temple: It is located 2kms away from main temple of Ahobilam. At this place lord seems to be so peaceful. Lord can be seen along with Goddess Lakshmi. Malola means beloved to Lakshmi.
Karanja Narasimha Swamy Temple: It is locaed 1kms away from Upper Ahobilam. Other name of place is Karanja Vruksham as image of the shrine is installed under the tree.
Varaha Naramsimha Swamy Temple: It is located 1km away from upper Ahobilam. Lord can be seen along with Goddess Lakshmi. Face of the main deity looks like boar i.e. Varaha.
Ahobila Narasimha Swamy: It is situated at Upper Ahobilam which is 8kms away from Lower Ahobilam. This is the main temple of Ahobilam. Earlier all the 9 deities were situated here. People believed that Lord Narasimha was Svayambhu here. Lord looks so angry here. So, deity is also known as Ugra Narasimha.
Chatravata Narasimha Swamy: Image of the deity can he seem under the peepal tree. This image is surrounded by thorny bushes. It is located 3kms away from lower Ahobilam.
Yogananda Narasimha Swamy: After killing Hiramyakasipu, Lord thought several yogic postures to Prahalada. This place is located at a distance of 2kms from Lower Ahobilam.
Lower Ahobilam: This is dedicated to Prahlada Varada. Temple is surrounded by 3 Prakaras. Architecture of this temple is so beautiful.
What to see around Ahobilam:
Nandyal: This place is located 40kms away from Ahobilam. It is surrounded by 9 temples of Lord Shiva called Nava Nandi. Of all the Nava Nandis, most popular place is Mahanandi. Near Nanyal Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple can be seen. At this temple devotes can see World’s largest Nandi Idol.
Getting to Ahobilam: Only way to reach this place is by road. Regular buses are available from Nandyal, Kurnool and Hyderabad. Nearest place of Ahobilam is Allagadda which is 20kms away. From this place plenty of buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Kodapuram which is 14kms away from Ahobilam. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore which is 172kms away from this place.
Getting around Ahobilam: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Ahobilam. Local private vehicles are the best way to visit the places of Ahobilam.
Best time to visit Ahobilam: It is essential to known the best time before visiting any place. This place welcomes the visitors throughout the year. But, weather in summer is too hot.
Where to stay at Ahobilam: Best accommodations are available to stay here but only budget and midrange hotels. Along with hotels some of the rooms will be given for rent to cook for themselves also. Cost of this rooms is ranging between Rs.1000 to Rs.1500 depend upon the season.
Where to eat in Ahobilam: Best eateries and restaurants are available at this place. As it is a pilgrim place hotels serve with vegetarian food.