You may have heard many people say that there is nothing called God in the world. Many people say, ‘Who has seen God or should I believe? In today’s scientific age, God is just an old-fashioned fantasy. It is the lazy and the uneducated who worship God, which is nothing but ridiculous.” Many people say this in our modern society. Without going into any kind of debate, you should just request them to visit Panakala Swamy Temple at ‘Mangalgiri’ mountain once, maybe this way of thinking will change.
Our devotion and faith grow through the supernatural Leela darshan between the devotee and the Lord in the transcendental world. Devotees firmly establish their faith in God through parametric knowledge and by seeing the virtues or Lila darshan of previous acharyas. Many of us may not be able to directly perceive the Lord’s Leela. Because we have not achieved that qualification. But devotees can surely meet the Lord when they come to the supernatural abode ‘Mangalagiri’. By witnessing the miraculous Leela of Panakala Nrisimhadeva, one’s perception of God’s presence will surely change and one’s love for Him will surely increase.
Lord Nrisimhadeva is the fourth incarnation of Lord Sri Vishnu. His form is Ardhasingha(half lion) and Artha Nara(half man). So Nrisimha Avatar. He descended to earth to protect the devotee Prahlada during Satya Yuga. The place of appearance of Lord Nrisimhadeva is at Mangalgiri Dham in South India, not far from Ahovilam. The surroundings of this temple look like elephants. The reason for this can be found in the Skanda Purana.
Rishasringi muni was born with many deformities. When he realized that his father is not happy about his deformity, he left home and went out on a religious tour. During his travel, he reached Padita Ashram on the bank of the Krishna River. He prayed to the Lakshminarayan idol there that they stay on the mountain in the form of Lakshminrisingha. Satisfied with penance and austerities, Lord Nrisimhadeva appeared at this place.
Rishasringi used to chant the mantra on this hill day and night. That is why the hill is also called ‘Stotradhi’. One has to climb 600 steps up the ‘Stotradhi’ hill to visit the Lakshminrisingh temple. After climbing 600 stairs, devotees usually felt very tired and passed out. But there is no need to worry, here is a wonderful sherbet called pankam made up of sugarcane juice, camphor, cardamom, and pepper. By taking this prasad, the fatigue of all the pilgrims goes away instantly.
This special prasad is offered to Nrisimhadeva regularly. Tickets for this prasad have to be collected from the Panakala Swamy Temple office. The idol of this temple located in the mountain cave is named Panakala Nrsimhadeva.
Miracles of the Panakala Swamy Temple:
This Pankala Nrisimhadeva is the self-manifested Vigraha. No one established. Nrisimhadeva transfigured by the prayers of Rishyasringi Muni. The rock has six inches of the face. He holds the food with four hands and eats it directly in his huge mouth. Every pilgrim fills a big vessel with pankam sharbat and gives it to the pujari to offer to the Lord. The pujari filled a conch with all the pankam and directly put the pankam into the mouth of Nrisimhadeva. In this way, the Pujari offers the sherbet to the Lord every day.
Whenever the priest Pankala pours syrup into the mouth of Nrisimhadeva, the sound of drinking syrup heard from inside the idol. As long as the Lord continues to drink that syrup, the sound of the drink continues. The devotee’s mind filled with self-satisfaction as he realizes that the Lord Himself is drinking the devotee’s offering. But when the sound no longer heard, the priest stopped drinking Pankam.
But the surprising thing here is that God never takes all the contents of the pot. He takes exactly half of the sarvat and leaves the other half as prasad for the devoted devotee. It has been observed that whenever food offered to the Lord, He takes only half of it. Panakala Nrsimha is basically a self-revealed stone idol, with a conch shell on the right and the symbol of the Sudarshan Chakra on the left. The mouth is open for the purpose of adoration of the devotee and direct reception of the offered food.
Every day Pankala Nrisimhadeva offered a large amount of sweet drink, but surprisingly no ant or insect seen here. Besides, no one knows where the saravat dedicated by many devotees goes. This is the miracle of this Panakala Swamy Temple.
It said in Skanda Purana – every night the gods and goddesses come to worship and praise this, Lord Nrisimhadeva. That is why this temple is closed every day before evening. Despite hundreds of requests and hundreds of deeds, the temple never opened again at night. In this case, poor-big man, king-landlord, and leader-minister are all equal. The same rule applies to all. When the temple opened the next morning, a wonderful fragrance wafted from inside the temple. Surprisingly, this particular fragrance is not available all day long. Again, the same aroma wafted in the next morning after opening the door of the temple. Such is the miraculous glory of Lord Nrsimhadeva.
Panakala Swamy Temple is on Mangalgiri hill, 16 km from Vijayawada in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It takes about 45 minutes by car from Vijayawada station to reach the Devasthan Mangalgiri Hills. There are three temples of Narasimha Swamy here. One is the temple of Pankala Nrsimha Swamy on the hill. The second is the temple of Lakshminrisimhadeva at the foot of the hill. And the third temple is Gandala Nrsimha Swamy Temple. Panakala Swamy Temple is located on the highest peak of the hill. 600 steps have to be crossed to reach the temple. There is no idol inside the temple, there is a 15 cm long wide-open mouth. The face covered with a metal cover.
The temple opens at 6 am and at 3 pm it closes.
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