February 14, 2011

Velachery Yoga Narasimhar Temple - Chennai, India

Velachery, the erstwhile village near Chennai, has become one of the most happening areas of Chennai mainly due to IT industry boom. Velachery has an important 11the century temple of Dhandeeswarar which is architecturally very beautiful. Apart from that, there is another important temple in Velachery, which is dedicated to Lord Narasimha.

Narasimha is the incarnation of Vishnu. After Rama and Krishna, you can find a lot of temples dedicated Narasimha avatar of Vishnu. Narasimha is found in nine forms. Out of those nine forms, Lakshmi Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha are the popular forms. In Velachery, Narasimha is found as Yoga Narasimha. He is found with four hands in the sitting posture facing the western direction, which is rare. The goddess Amruddavalli is found in a separate shrine. The utsav (processional) deity is Bhaktavatchala Perumal who is found along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.

There is another processional deity in this temple, named Veda Narayana holding his disc (chakra) in the form of ready to leave his hand (prayoga chakra). Veda Narayana is found in the standing posture facing western direction. The temple also houses the idols such as Andal, Prahalatar, Ram-Sita-Lakshman, Hanuman, Alwars, Ramanuja, and Manavala Mamunigal.

This temple is believed to be at least 1000 years old. Visit this temple when you pass through Velachery.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Yoga Narasimha Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location: Velachery, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: An ancient temple of Lord Narasimha 
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from the other parts of Chennai
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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