Simhachalam Temple - Visakhapatnam

Simhachalam is a Hindu temple located in Visakhapatnam city suburb of Simhachalam in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is dedicated to Lord Narasimha (the man-lion), an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The central shrine was built in Kalinga architectural style.

The temple is one of the eighteen "Narasimha Kshetras", the shrines of Lord Narasimha, in India. The deity is usually covered with sandalwood paste year round and can be seen without sandalwood ("nijaroopa darshan" - holy appearance in true form) for only 12 hours per year on Akshaya Tritiya Day.

An inscription dated 1098 AD of the Chola King Kuloththunga provides a clue as to its antiquity.More than 252 inscriptions in Odia and Telugu describe the antecedents of the temple.

Sri KrishnaDevaRaya visited the shrine in 1516 and 1519. He offered numerous valuable jewellery, of which an emerald necklace is still in the temple. For the last three centuries the royal family of Vizianagaram, the Pusapati Gajapathis, have been the temple's trustees.
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