Simhachalam temple is well connected from Vizag city centers and there is a local station stop for trains. Long distance express trains usually do not stop here. From Vizag Railway station it is 45 minutes drive by road and 30 minutes from airport. Frequent buses available locally for hill top. There is a Trekking route available for trekking lovers from Madhavadhara side, two hours climbing to temple premises with steep natural stone steps and a beautiful view of Vizag city and at the other side the temple view from hill top.
Simhachalam - the hill of the lion is located at a distance of 18 km from Visakhapatnam refers to the 11th century temple of Lord Narasimha - an incarnation of Vishnu. Millions of devotees from round the world visit this temple every year. The presiding deity here is Varaha Lakshminarasimha, combining the iconographic features of Varaha and Narasimha. The image resembles a Shivalingam covered with sandal paste. It is only once a year, during the Chandana Visarjana that the sandal paste is removed, and the image is seen by pilgrims. The artwork here has elements of similarity with that of Konark. Elephants, flowers and plants are portrayed in plenty. The outer walls of the sanctum depict images of a royal personality (said to be King Narasimha) in various postures. The Kalyana Mandapa within the temple has 16 pillars with bas relief depicting the incarnations of Vishnu.
It is a 32 KM long walk around the Simhachalam hill done by the devotes in Giri Purnima day ( full moon day of Ashada Masam ). This full night walk is considered very scared.
There is a rest house available for staying and performing puja, mirages , functions etc. For booking one can telephone to 2715276. Narasimaha Lodge and one Kalyana Mandap are available at the complex. Catering facility is also available. This is one of the famous temple in Andhra Pradesh.
After a visit to the temple one can buy many Puja photos, items and devotional songs from the local market.
From Simhachalam temple one can go towards Kailasagiri hill located after Andhra University and MVP colony . There are two routes available to reach. Come back to NAD Kotharoad junction and proceed towards city on highway and continue upto Kailasagiri. One more way is to take the road at the back side of the hill going through the New Central Jail of Visakhapatnam. The second one is the shortest way. Devotees willing to visit Annavaram can board the bus which is arranged by APSRTC running between Simhachalam and Annavaram.
You can trekk to top of the Simhachalam temple back side hill from Madhavadhara side
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