Among the several shrines of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy that flourished on the holy banks of river Krishna Vedadri is an important one. It is situated just at a distance of 10 kms from ‘chillakallu’ on the Nation High way No.9 from Vijayawada to Hyderabad.


“Bramhand purana” says that Somaksura a demon of Yore stole the four Vedas from Lord Bramha and hid himself in the Ocean. Lord Bramha then approached his father Lord Srimannarayana murthy and Prayed for the restoration of Vedas. Lord Srimannarayana Murthy in ‘Matsyavathara’ (Fish) entered the Ocean, killed the demon Somakasura and brought back the Vedas in tact. The Vedas, in human from thanked the lord for his kind gesture in saving them, Prayed to stay with them on their heads. There upon the Lord munificently granted their Prayer but said that the would do that only after killing another demon Hiranya Kasapa and saving his son prahalda. The Lord also assured the Vedapurushas that he would stay with them as panchamurthy only. So saying the Lord bid them till such time to remain in the river Krishnaveni as Saligrama mountain. Lord told them that Krishnaveni also prayed to allow her to worship him everyday and that the granted her the boon. He assured the Vedapurshas that both the prayers would be granted simultaneously. According to the bid of the Lord the Veda purashas remaind in Krishnaveni as Saligrama mountain.

Later the Lord incarnated himself as ‘Narasimha’ killed the mighty demon Hiranya Kasapa and served Prahalda and ever since stayed as Jwala Narasimha on the mountain head at Vedadri in fulfillment of the inclination of Veda Purushas. Then Lord Bramha requested Jwala Narasimha to stay in Sathya Loka as Saligrama Narasimha so the Lord went to Sathya Loka as Saligrama Narasimha at the request of Lord Bramha. But even before Brahma offered his worship to the Lord in Sathya Loka, the Sathya Loka, the Satya Loka was consumed in flames. There upon Lord Brahma personally brought Saligrama Narasimha Murthy to the river Krishnaveni and erected the Saligrama Murthy on the Saligrama Mountain. Thus Lord Laxmi Narasimha Swamy the incarnation of Lord Srimannarayana fulfilled the desire of both Veda purushas and the river Krishnaveni, simultaneously.

Later on, the Lord, at the request of Rishis like Rishya Srugna and kinga like Mann, stayed in the middle of the mountain as Yogananda Narasimha Swamy and at the request of the Garudas the Lord stayed as Veera Narasimha and as per the prayer of Vana Devatha the Lord is pervading the mountain as Laxmi Narasimha Murthy. Thus this holy place is sanctified by the presence of all devatas who descended from the heavens to worship the Lord who enriched the mountain with several holy spirit. The facts were revealed by Suta Mahamuni to Sownaka and others who acclaimed the place where pancha Narasimha Murthy are existing.

The Lord is staying as Jwala Narasimha on Vedasikhara of the mountain, as Saligrama a Narasimha in the river Krishnaveni and as Yogananda Narasimha, having been erected by Sage Rishya Srunga and in his own peetam as Laxmi Narasimha Swamy. The Lord Sreemannarayana has incarnated himself as Veera Narasimha on the Garudadri, situated at a distance of 5 km, east of vedadri.

Thus the Lord existing in five forms different from each other called Pancha Narasimha Murthys namely   ( Jwala, Saligrama , Veera Yogananda and Laxmi Narasimha). This holy shine is called “VEDADRI”

Several lakhs of devotees visit this holy shrine to seek the Lords blessings. Vyasa said, that at the beginning of Kaliyuga all the rishis approached him and implored about the evil effects of Kali and prayed for a way out it. He was just about to sit for penance after finishing holy dip in Ganges, grasped the purpose for which the rishis have come to Vyasa told them that the people of Kali are singularly fortunate because they need not perform any rituals like yagnas deep penance as in other Yugas. He said that simple, chanting of the holy name of the Lord is sufficient., i.e., mere ‘Smarana’ which bestows salvation.

Kalav Smarana mukthi. It means in kaliyuga mere smarana is enough for mukthi. The rishis having got the information from veda vyasa beg an searching for a suitable place for their penance and at last they found Vedadri as the most suitable place, as the Lord is staying there in five forms (Pannchamurhty). Further the rishis while searching , for a suitable place heard Veda recitals in perfect swaras being emanated from the holy mountain they named them as ‘Vedadri’ the mountain of Vedas. The rishis were enchanted by the chanting of Vedas by the mountain, especially the sama veda (music) the Gandharva Swara and its varied moorchans. They have been in mensely satisfied by the holy recitals and have settled there for penance. They took a holy dip in river Krishnaveni, had a pradakshan of the mountain and them settled in Penance. During their deep penance in their Samdhi., they heard a divine voice saying “Holy rishis this is Vedadri or Vedagiri where Lord Srimannarayana has taken the avatara of Nrusimha Swamy”. After the holy words the rishis discovered a Luminous light discerning the path upwards the mountain by which the rishis have scaled it and found Yogananda Nrusimha Swamy in a temple on the top of the mountain. The rishis who were over whelmed with joy praised the Lord chanting his holy name.


Namasthe Narasimhaya Samasaranava Setave
Namh Kalyana roopaya Veda seershyathe Namha.

Then the Lord gave them darshan as Jwala Nrusimha in the shape of fire, as Saligrama murthy in the river , as Yogananda Nrusimha (Laxmi Nrusimha Murthy), as Veera Nrusimha Murthy in Garudachala. The sishis after visiting all the shrines came back to vedadri and sat for penance.

This mountain has been enriched in its spiritual splendor not only by the Pancha Murthy but also due to the penance of several rishis, The adage is “Theerthi Kurvanthni Theerthami”. This holy shrine has been embellished with glory historically also. The boundary walls have been built by Reddi kings about eight or nine hundred years ago. They have maintained the holy shrine with all its prestige purity and spiritual splendor.

One of the poet trinities Yerrapragada and the great Kavi Sarvabhouma Sreenadha have visited this shrine. Vaggaeya Kara Narayana Teerthulu worshipped, this Lord four days and wrote the Tarangas in praise of Laxmi Nrusimha, Yerrapragada of the renowned Kavithraya (Trinity) wrote the stotra Dandakam enlogising the deity. Kavi Sarvabhowma Sreenadha in his epic ‘Kasi Kandam’ referred to this great deity.

This holy shrine of divine splendor has carved a niche in the hearts of all the devotees who worshipped this deity and quenched their mortal desires.