Chennai - Srisailam, Mantralayam - Mahanandi - Ahobilam

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Planning to visit Srisailam - Mantralayam Mahanandi and Ahobilam along with aged parents next week.

The plan is for 6 nights
srisailam - 2 night
mantralayam - 2 night
Ahobilam - 2night

Total 6 night stay.

Self driving sx4 pertrol from Chennai.

For accommodation, booked online at srisailam - devastanam -a/c room.

Kept options open at

Mantralayam - at Mutt
Ahobilam - at Mutt.

For reaching srisailam from chennai - planning to take NH till Ongole and then diversion to markapur - dornala - srisailam.

Srisailam to Mantralayam - planning to take route via kurnool

Mantralayam - Ahobilam - planning to follow Googlemaps.

AHobilam - chennai - planning to take route cuddapah, renigunta - chennai.

Any suggestions on accommodations ??
Roads to avoid / routes to take ??
Any interesting places ?? Planning to see srisailam dam and nearby forest area.

Thanks in advance.
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In Ahobilam there's only one place to stay that's proper - it's by the Ahobila mutt themselves. There's also a private lodge a half kilometer back but try to get the mutt accommodation.

Additional place to visit is Yaganti. Roads are good and following google maps will be fine.

Not sure if you require 2 nights in Mantralayam. In Ahobilam 2 is needed if you plan to trek till Ugra Stambham, else one day + 1 night is enough.

For siteseeing (non religious) in the area consider Belum Caves and Gandikota gorge.
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Thanks Vaibhav.
I just checked about Belum caves. Very Interesting and would try to visit Yaganti and Belum on the way from Mantralayam to Mahanandi.
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Chennai - srisailam

Along with parents, I went on a 6 day - trip to Srisailam- Mantralayam - Mahanandi - Ahobilam in car from Chennai.

Day - 6 nights (Monday - Sunday)
Total distance covered - 1820kms
Apprx fuel charge - 9000 INR
Sx4- with A/c on always.

Day 01 (Chennai to SriSailam)
We started this trip on a Monday, as past experience on weekends at temples was bad due to excessive crowds. As my parents are old, I prefer to take them out on weekdays. It is more peaceful experience.

From Chennai, we started at 05.30AM and drove straight to Nellore on Kolkata NH. The road condition beyond TADA check post (AP state Entrance) is extremely good and remains in good condition all the way until Ongole. There was hardly any highway restaurants open to have morning breakfast in this section.

Hence our first stop was at Nellore - Ranganayatha Swamy Temple
The temple is situated on the banks on river pennar. Lord Vishnu in reclining posture is the presiding deity. Had a very peaceful Darshan. Back yard of the temple, there is river bank for bathing and rituals. Morning breeze was very pleasant around the premises. we had breakfast inside Nellore town. Again, I drove back to NH and headed towards ongole.

Second Desitination was Singarayakonda - Lord Varaha Narasimha temple
It is very close to the NH and can one easily detour into the town. The temple is situated on a small hill top. There is a road leading to the hill top and can drive until the temple premises. Here the main deity is Varaha Narasimha - Vishnu Incarnation. There is also Lakshmi Narasimha temple and hanuman temple within the premises. Spent around 30mins around the temple and offered prayers.

Next we reached Ongole - Drove inside the town for Lunch stop.

Our third destination was Addanki North - Singarakonda -
Lord Narasimha swamy an Prasanna Anjaneya Temple
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Medarmetla is the place where we take turn from NH - Kolkota towards Hyderabad NH.
After driving few 10 kms one can see a huge (99feet) hanuman statue on the highway itself. Lord Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple is situated on the hill top. Again motorable road is there to reach the temple. On the foot hill is Prasanna Anjaneya Temple. It is a belief that Hanuman took a break at this place before going to lanka. Lord statue here is very beutiful and had a nice Darshan. Temple was open at noon -1pm - 2PM.

Our fourth destination was Tripuranthakam Temple. Via Vinukonda we reached tripuranthakam around 5PM. There are 2 temples here. One for Lord Shiva on the hill top and another for Goddess Bala(Form of Young girl) Tripurasunthari Temple. Lord Shiva destroyed Tripurasuras(demons) ruling three cities) here and hence called Tripuranthakeswara and this place is called Tripuranthakam. Below the hill in a pond there is a temple called Bala Thripura Sundari devi. Bala Tripurasundari Devi (swayambhu) is the first incarnation of Goddess in the form of little Girl. Again there is a nice road to drive to the hill top to reach Shiva temple.

From Tripuranthakam, considered the eastern entrance to srisailam forest, I entered the ghat road around 6.45PM at Dornala. Had a break and cup of Chai before driving the final 40 odd kms towards srisailam.

The road condition in Ghat section is good with clear signages - Wild Animals crossing boards are there in many places. Srisailam Tiger reserve RF boards are there. Reached srisailam AROUND 8.15PM.
3kms before srisailam, stopped at sakshi Ganpathi Temple as there is belief that Lord Ganesha - keeps records of your visit here and stands as witness for your visit here.

I had booked a/c room online at Pathala Ganga guest house - Srisailam. It is little far from Temple as compared to other guest houses like Ganga, Gauri Sadan but very peaceful near Krishna river. Also, since I had a car to drive it was not a problem. Room rate is affordable 825 INR. Went to CRO office (central reception office) and registered finger print and photo. They take a caution deposit of another INR 800.

After parking the car at CRO, went to temple straight. Purchased a 100 INR ticket for myself and parents. There was little rush but manageable. Around 30 mins in queue we had Darshan of Mallikarjuna Swamy at around 09.15PM. This is considered one of the Jyotir Linga places of Lord Shiva.
After having dinner in a restaurant outside temple premises, went to guest house and took rest after a long journey of 530kms apprx. from Chennai.
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Day - 02 at Srisailam

On the second day, we started with Morning Darshan of Lord Mallikarjun Swamy at 09.00AM after having breakfast at Hotel Illyapuram.
Again, we purchased a 100INR ticket for the entry. There were very few people and we had a very nice Darshan of Lord Shiva. Inside the temple premises itself, there is Braharambika Temple - Considered one of the 52 Sakthi peeth. There is a nice walk bridge connecting Mallikarjun swamy temple to Mata Devi Temple. As it was working day, crowd was very less and hence peaceful. After having Darshan, brought Laddu prasad outside the temple for relatives and friends. Also, served idli& Dosa for 10 mendicants for INR 100 just outside the temple gate.

We decided to explore places around srisailam and started driving towards srisailam dam side. After driving few kms, there is a nice view of srisailam dam. Multiple view points are there on the road where one can park the car. Lots of instant photographers plying their services and ice cream parlours serving ice cream at these view points. Water level in River Krishna was very low. Locals were telling me that for last 3 years there has been no rains and water level has been low. There are two power generating stations - One Andhra and one telangana. There is a nice long bridge to cross the river and enter the other side of forest.

At a place called Domalapenta - Srisailam tiger reserve office is there. But, I did not enquire as time was not available. I drove inside the forest area from Domalapenta for about 45mins and was thinking to reach mallela thirtham waterfalls. But, vehicle was running low on fuel and a local person near mallapur advised me that there is no petrol station inside forest. So, one has to fuel at Srisailam itself (has got one Indian oil) or Dornala on the eastern side. I returned back to srisailam itself due to fear of low fuel and was a bit disappointed due to lack of planning about fuel. Evening, we spent time in the market place and had good rest.
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Day -03 Srisailam to Mantralayam

The day started early, as we got off the room at 7.30AM - Check out time for online booking was at 8.00AM for the guest house.

After checking out at CRO office, srisailam, we went to have the third darshan of Lord shiva. Again, I purchased 100INR ticket even though very few people were there at the temple at 7.30AM. We were allowed inside the sanctum on this day to touch and prostrate our head on the Shiv Lingam. We felt blessed as on the previous two occasions we had to pray from outside the sanctum.

After having breakfast, at the same hotel adjacent to CRO office, we went to pathalaganga. That is the place where river krishna is flowing- the gorge is deep and one has to get down nearly 750 steps. Alternatively, there is ropeway operated by APTDC. We took the rope way ticket organized by APTDC - ropeway ride plus a boating ride in river krishna around the srisailam dam. From the ropeway alighting point to boat boarding point the access pathway is really in bad shape. Only rocks are there to get down. It was little bit difficult for aged people, but we reached the boat boarding point and comfortably took a seat near the edge of the boat. After filling diesel, the boat driver started taking us for a nice ride 45mins around river krishna. They also explain the route of krishna and history of srisailam including details about dam. River krishna water is unusually very much in greenish color here.

From here, we started our journey to Mantralayam. On the outskirt (3kms from srisailam) we again stopped at Sakshi Ganpathi temple and offered our prayers.

Then we stopped at Hatakeshwaram Temple, which is few kms from Sakshi Ganapathi temple. According to belief at this place Lord siva appeared to a potter devoutee. we offered our prayers there.

Further down another 5kms, there is sikharam temple. At this place there is Lord shiva temple on a small hill top. One can have very good views of srisailam town from this view point. It seems the night view from here is nice. There is a motorable road upto 70% of the hill or one has to climb 150 steps. Atop, there is a person with binoculars showing your various spots of srisailam for 10-20INR.

The route we took was Srisailam-Dornala-Atmakur-Nandikotkur-Kurnool-Kodumur-yemmiganur-mantralayam. The forest stretch from Dornala to Atmakur is really wonderful. Very dense forest - filled with Bamboo trees, wild animals crossing boards, tiger reserve boards etcc... and the roads here are just average. This Forest stretch is really beautiful and worth a drive. We stopped for lunch at Kurnool. The road from Kurnool to Kodumur called as bellary road is also undergoing construction and 25kms stretch is in very bad shape.

Finally at 7.30PM we reached Raghavendra swamy mutt CRO office. The reception office was very hepful. They immediately asked us to go to SVG (Sri Sujayeendra Vishranti Bhavan) - Guest house for a/c rooms. There are 3 mutt guest houses called SVG, VVG and DVG all nearby and adjacent to each other. At the SVG where we stayed the rooms here were very good, building is new, with split aircon - 1000INR/day for 24hr check out.

After we freshened up, we went to visit Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple - brindavan. Final closing prayers and Aarti was ongoing at 09.00PM and this place is really beautiful and peaceful. One can see all the miracles and life stories of Sri Raghavendra swamy in the form of pictures painted on the wall of the temple. Male members have to remove shirt before entering sanctum here. Lord Hanuman is facing the Jeeva Samadhi of Sri Raghavendra. We offered our prayers at the temple. At the service hall adjacent to the temple itself Mutt was serving lemon rice and curd rice. Food was tasty and we had dinner there and took rest at 09.30pm.
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Great detailed reports, @vijkrish!

Please help me in getting few queries regarding Srisailam resolved:
  • How far are Ganga Sadan and Gauri Sadan from the temple?
  • How far is Bus stand from temple?
  • Is there any cloakroom available near temple
  • Do you have any idea - till what time the CRO remains open?
  • If anyone reaches late in night, will he/she face any problem in getting entries to the accommodation?
  • Will you suggest advanced booking for accommodation?
Thank You in advance!
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Ganga Sadan and Gauri Sadan is very very near to temple. Just 5min walking distance.
Bus Stand is little bit far from Temple - close to 10-12min walk.
Cloak room is available near the temple - where you purchase tickets at counter - 50INR, 100INR etc..

CRO was open until 10.30PM when I went for after dinner walk. I'm sure they are open for more time. Please check for exact closure time.

Infact CRO office itself is in Ganga Sadan.
It would be good if you can reach before 10.30PM as most of the business shut down around 10.30-11PM.

Advance booking was hassle free - better if you are going there on weekends.
On weekdays, I think you should be able to get accommodation - walking in.
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Thank you for quick information...

We would be reaching Srisailam (at 21:30 Hrs) on Sunday, 11th October by bus from Hyderabad. Hence, asked.

We will try to book accommodation at Ganga Sadan once opens.

Thank you once again...
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Day 04 at Mantralayam

Pretty much relaxed day, as Raghavendra Swamy Brindavan temple was just behind the guest house at 5 min walking distance.
Got up little late in the morning and went to the temple at 08AM for morning Darshan. First we went to Manchalamma temple near the entrance. Goddess Manchlamma is the considered the deity of Mantralayam Village. It seemed customary to visit and offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple. So today we followed the customs. There was a temple elephant standing and took its blessings as well.

It was Thursday and the temple was buzzing with devotees in the morning. Priests were performing abishek to the samadhi as we had darshan of Samadhi without any decorations at this time. Later, we donated INR500 for Food service at the temple donation counter and brought sweet barfi prasad for friends and family relatives. In the morning, one could see devotees performing Anga pradakshan( rolling on ground) around the samadhi and steps pradakshan around the samadhi. We walked up to thungabadra river which is flowing in the back side of the temple. There was hardly any water flowing. Public people were walking on river rocks and sand to reach the middle of the river to have bath.

We had breakfast at Udipi restaurant on the main road (about 10mins walking distance from temple). They serve really delicious upma kichdi and dosa. Not to miss. Back in our room, we asked the person at reception about nearby places to visit. He suggested - Panchmukhi Hanuman temple and Eka Shila Brindavan at Bichali.

Panchmukhi Hanuman temple was located at around 20-25kms from mantralayam. One had to drive to Adoni - Raichur state highway and take detour after crossing tungabadra river bridge. The location is marked in googlemaps.
It is a cave temple on a small hillock. Temple was open until 1PM in the afternoon and lunch break was from 1pm-3pm. It seems Raghavendra swamy performed penance for 12 years at this place inside the cave and Lorn Hanuman showed himself to Raghavendra as five faced God, Lord vekateshwara and mahalakshmi all gave darshan to Swamy before he went to mantralayam.

Eka Shila Brindavan at Bichali
This is another Brindavana at place called Bichale which was built by Raghavendra Swamy’s close friend Appanacharya. It is Ekashila Brindavana - its period of construction was just after the Brindavana at Mantralaya but I believe they used same stone for construction.

There is an elevated platform under a Banyan tree where Sri Appanacharya used and Raghavendra Swamy used sit and lecture spirtual lessons. There is no roof or temple at this brindavan. The belief is that Raghavendra Swamy entered this Brindavan in the form of a Jyothi (Light).

One can combine the visit to Bichale and Panchamukhi Anjaneya as both are located on left and right side of Adoni-Raichur state highway immediatly after crossing a bridge over tungabadra river. The approach road condition from state highway to both the temples are very bad.

We came back to Mantralayam at 2PM, and went straight to free temple prasad lunch. They served sambar rice and curd rice for lunch. It was filling as they serve lot of quantity.

After taking some rest in the evening at 8PM again we went to Raghavendra swamy samadhi temple. Thursday evening was full of devotees and temple priests were performing Jhoola pooja for Swamy. we offered our prayers as the following day morning we planned to leave mantralayam early towards Nandyal and Ahobilam.
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Day -05 Mantralayam - Mahanandi - Ahobilam

We started early from Mantralayam, after having breakfast at Udupi hotel at around 8AM. Took the same route from mantralayam-yemmiganur-kodumur-kurnool and then NH18 from Kurnool to Nandyal. Again - road condition from Kodumur to Kurnool(bellary road) is in bad shape and undergoing construction. At noon, around 1PM we stopped for lunch at a hotel called Chanakya infront of Nandyal RTC bus stand. Food at this place was ok. From there, we proceeded to Mahanandi temple.

Mahanandi temple is on the outskirts of the town, and lot of green fields, banana plantations on the way. A snake crossed the road as I was driving my car about 3kms from Mahanandi. As we approached the temple about 0.5km before, on the left side there was a Nandi park - a huge bull in sitting posture.

The main temple is an ancient one and I think belong to 10th century. There are two water pools as soon as you enter and Lord shiva and Goddess Parvati statue infront of it. There is another water pool once you enter close to the sanctum of the temple. One can see many people taking bath in these pools. There are lot of monkeys around the temple creating nuisance. we had a nice darshan and performed a pooja at the temple.
There was a person standing with sacred cow just outside the sanctum. He asked us to go under the cow between its legs for getting rid of all sins. I was afraid but eventually paid him 10INR and touched the cow. Within the same temple premises there is Vinayak Nandi Temple (one of the 9 Nandi temples around Nandyal). Again a lot of monkeys near vinayak Nandi temple - Beware.

Outside the temple, on the main road, between Nandi park and the temple there is Garuda Nandi temple. This is the third Nandi temple that we managed to see at Mahanandi location.

While returning back to Nandyal on the same road, about 10kms from mahanandi there is village called bukkapuram - The local told me there are two temples - Krishna nandi and Omkar(Shiva) nandi temples inside the village. I drove for about 3kms but beyond that road was dug out for works and could not proceed.

Further down towards Nandyal on the same road, at a village called tammadapalle, detour and drive in the field for about 3kms - we reached surya Nandi temple. There was no one there except for the priest family living adjacent to the temple. Lots and lots of monkeys. The priest was a old person and he opened the temple and asked us to lock ourselves inside due to monkey menace. He performed pooja for about 20mins and gave us coconut prasad. Very nice and peaceful experience except for the monkeys troubles. The priest advised us to visit Soma Nandi and Jagat Janani temple on the way to Nandyal.

As we entered Nandyal through atmakur road we enquired for route and lot of public knows about jagatjanani mata temple - Appears the temple is very popular in Nandyal. Soma Nandi temple is on the way and we stopped over and had darshan from outside. The temple priest was suppose to arrive only at 6pm and hence the santum grill door was closed though one can see the Lord through the grills. Walking 10mins from here ,we reached jagatjanani mata temple. There is lot of restriction on dress code for ladies at Jagatjanani temple. It is relatively a new looking temple under construction.

It started raining around 5.30PM and was pouring heavily and we came back little drenched to the car. We decided to skip the two nandi temples (pratama nandi & Naga Nandi) temple inside Nandyal town due to heavy rain and started our journey to Ahobilam from Nandyal town.

Journey from Nandyal to Ahobilam was slow due to continuous rain all along the way. NH18 is in good condition and a small 25kms stretch from a place called Allagada to Ahobilam is in average condition. Reached Ahobilam at night 8PM and it was pitch dark - No electricity. It is really a small place with nothing except the Narasimha swamy Temple.

We had booked a room 1 week in advance by calling the Ahobilam mutt official and reminding them 3 times during the course of the week. On arrival, there was a huge inflow of tourists who had come from Trichy Srirangam by bus. The mutt official promptly said that it was friday night and no rooms were available. I was totally shocked. I then reminded him of the 3 phone call conversation and reminders. Then after 15mins he gave us a simple room. The building is not well maintained at all but there is no better option to stay at this place. Because of no electricity street dogs were barking like hell looking at my car, as I unloaded my bags to get into the mutt guest house. Finally checked into the room at 08.30pm. For food, there is very minimum option at this place. We went to raghavendra restaurant run by a brahmin priest family and they served tomato rice and upma. Food was good and delicious. Electricity was restored around 9.30PM and finally took rest back at guest house at 10PM.
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This reminds me of a trip I made in 2001.

I went to Tirupathi , thence to Thirupankundram to see the temple. i am not a Hindu.

Got a bus to Srisailam, and the kind conductor asked me to look out for wild animals. sadly , none to be seen.

As I had no accommodation arranged he went to a lodge and got me a bed. We met up later and he got Darshan for us both. Very moving.
I slept well in my bed, he in the bus which was well equiped with blankets.

The temple is fascinating and beautiful to walk around, calm and then not too many touts.

From there I went to Ragavendri Swamis ashram, again very moving memories.

I hope the trip you gave your parents will live with you and them for ever.
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FSG,
Yes definitely it was a very refreshing and memorable trip.
If you visit again you might notice a lot of changes and developments since 15 years.
Would post some pictures once the site admin fix the problem in image upload.
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Day - 06 at Ahobilam
The person at the restaurant where we had dinner the previous night advised us to get up early in the morning and reach Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple at the lower Ahobilam (where mutt guest house is located).

We got up early around 5.30AM and reached the temple at 06.20AM itself. The temple at lower ahobilam is right on the same road where guest house is located. Just 5mins walk down the road. Morning Vishwaroop Darshan is the event at the temple. Purchased INR10 ticket for entry and had very nice Darshan of Lakshmi Narasimha swamy and consort Lakshmi.

After that we went to have breakfast at the same place - Raghavendra restaurant. They served pongal and upma and was good. After having breakfast, we were ready to explore the upper Ahobilam (also called pedda ahobilam). There are 9 narasimha temples around the hills at ahobilam as mentioned in various pages and they seem to have control over 9 different planets. From lower ahobilam to upper ahobilam we took an auto rickshaw (4 wheel rickshaw) and he charged 50 per head. Inbetween, at the mutt, the person selling news paper acted as our guide and agreed to take us to various narasimha temples on the upper hills.

With the guide we reached upper ahobilam. The road is perfectly motorable and about 6-7km. Being saturday, there were lot of people tourist cabs, buses and the place infront of the temple was crowded. Local people were camping there and preparing the meal and take dip in a small stream that was flowing nearby the temple at upper ahobilam.

This place is also one of the Divya Desam - Sacred places for Lord Vishnu.This temple here is nestled between two hills - garudathri and vedathri hills. We purchased a ticket and had wonderful Darshan at the temple. Ugra Narasimha swamy is inside the cave and hence the queue was slow moving. It was a sight to behold and wonderful. The lord here was representing planet Jupiter - called Guru.

When we came out of the temple I saw goats and hens being carried by local people. It seems on saturday they sacrifice the animal outside the temple and offer to Narasimha and later cook and have a meal. The story is that Lord Narasimha swamy married tribal girl chenchu lakshmi. so the tribal people here offer these sacrifices. I also remembered chenchu lakshmi museum at srisailam at this time. I was surprised with this animal sacrifice customs as most temples in India have moved away from this practice.

Now we were ready to move on to see other Narasimha temples in the hill. Our guide seeing my old parents (75-dad, 71-mom) strongly advised them not to trek to other temples. But it seems they had visited ahobilam in 2001 and had climbed and seen all the temples. So they were prepared to walk this time as well. I was bit hesitant, but later seeing their confidence agreed. We all took 3 bamboo sticks for support. The pathway starts adjancent to Ugra Narasimha swamy temple. It was gentle climb and we reached Varaha Narasimha Swamy or reffered as Krodha Narasimha swamy temple first in about 1 km distance. Krodha narasimha swamy was representing rahu the serpent.

From here we were walking all along a stream. The path was rocky and little bit difficult with slippers to have grip on. My mom removed her slippers and started walking. The climb was not very difficult by the stream water and rocks made it difficult. After walking around 2km one can see a single monolith stone - Ugra Stamba view from the valley. This is spectacular sight. Also one can see the garudathri hill resembling the bird with wings and beak. I took some pictures from there and also had a ice cream near a bridge to energize. Beyond that one has to climb stairs - close to 500 numbers. Then there is a cliff and water fall - source of the stream called pavanashini.

After crossing this place - we reached Jwala Narasimha temple. The temple is inside a cage and lot of monkeys are present. There was a lady who was serving sweet jaggery juice as prasad. We drank one glass of this juice and it was even more refreshing. At this place Lord Vishnu killed the demon king Hiranyakashipu. There are 3 idols inside the temple - one where Vishnu is killing the demon, one chasing and another appearing from pillar. Here the lord has control over planet Mars. There is also a small water body infront of the temple and our guide said it is called - blood pond.

From here we started our next walking journey to Malola Narasimha temple. The route is a mixture of stairs and steep climbing at some places. It seems Ma refers to Goddess Lakshmi(form of Mango tree) and Malola meaning Goddess Lakshmi's beloved. There was a mango tree infront of the temple. We offered prayers here and then started our descent to upper ahobilam from where we started. Malola Narasimha swamy is representing venus planet.

Overall we walked close to 4hrs (9.20AM to 01.20PM) and reached the rickshaw stand at upper ahobilam. By noon, the crowd had swollen and lot of vehicles and people were present at the place. We took the auto rickshaw and he stopped at the next temple - Karanja Narasimha temple about 0.5km from upper ahobilam temple. There is hanuman statue inside the temple. It seems hanuman was praying on Lord Rama(Vishnu incarnation) and he believed in him only to be Mahavishnu. So Lord Narasimha swamy appears infront of Hanuman with bow and arrow resembling his Lord Rama incarnation at this temple. Karanja narasimha swamy represent the Moon.

We reached Lower ahobilam at around 2.PM and had lunch at the same raghavendra restaurant. Our guide asked for INR 600 for the trip which we gave him and thanked. We took some good well deserved rest until 7PM. Later we went to lower Ahobilam temple at 8pm before closing. Very few people and had a very peaceful darshan again. The mutt incharge offered to serve dinner and we had upma and curd rice at the mutt itself for a change and slept early around 9pm due to tiredness.

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