Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lion "Jolly" King

Emperuman in Archa form is generally either in Sayana thirukolam (reclining posture), Irundha thirukolam (Sitting posture), Nindra thirukolam (Standing posture) or in the Nadha thirukolam (Walking posture). As rare cases you could have dharshan of Emperuman in Parandha (Flying) thirukolam (as in Parthasarathy kovil in Chennai, for details refer or as if getting up in Thirukudanthai (for details refer like wise in Chatrvad Narasimhar temple Emperuman is seen laughing and enjoying in short having a jolly time.

In Tretha yuga (second of the four yuga) two Ghandharvas came to ahobilam to pray for the dharshan of Lord Narasimha. Ahaa and Uuhu, the two Ghandharvas, sat in a secluded place under a banyan tree and started singing. The songs rendered were so melodious that Emperuman appeared and requested them to continue singing. Emperuman was so captivated with the melodious rendering that he started playing thalam with his hands on his thy.

When the Ghandharvas finished, Emperuman told them to ask any boon. The Ghandharvas said that their mission was accomplished and their only request is that Emperuman continue to reside in this place and to bless devotes in the same way he was during their recital. For the benefit of all of us Emperuman granted the boon.

Lord Narasimha is seen sitting in Padmasana pose, holding Chakram (discus) in right and Shangu (Counch) in his left upper arms. The lower right hand has Abhaya hastham and with his left hand he placed on his thy as if playing a thalam. Chatra means umbrella and Vad means banyan tress hence the name.
It is a belief that any sort of Kethu dhosams would be nullified on having dharshan of the lord here. This temple is in Ahobilam and the moolavar is the tallest of the nine Narasimhars in this holy town.
The temple is 3 kms from Prahalada varadar temple in lower ahobilam.