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The calm and serene personification of the Lord
is present either as Lakshmi Narasimha or Yoga
b. There are several Lakshmi Narasimha temples
in the country
c. However The Lord as Yoga Narasimha is present
inly in a efw temples. Of these Sholingur, being
a hill temple, is the most famous.
Since the Lord is supposed to have manifested
himself, at the behest of the 7 rishis who prayed
here, it is believed anyone who prays for a kadigai
( 24 minutes) can attain the Lord's blessings
b. Anchaneya wanted to attain the status of the
next Brahma, and hence he is in deep penance at
Sholingur. The Lord has entrusted Anchaneya to
ensure His devotees wishes are fulfilled
c. The salubrious place and the weather helps
people forget their worries as they climb the
two hill temples. They repose full faith in the
Lord during the ascent
d. Three of the Alwars have sung praises about
the Lord in tyheir pasurams.
e. On account of these facts and legend about
the temple, it has attained prominence
The Alwars have sung about the glory of Sholingur
and the Lord here.
to scriptures, the mere thought of the Lord is
sufficient to reach him, while climbing the hill.
The Lord is a very friendly Deity who is eager
to extend his grace to devotees, and hence there
are no specific rituals or codes of worship that
needs to be practiced, in order to visit the temple
has been personally appointed by the Lord in Sholingur.
Since the Lord is in meditation, he has provided
his Shankh and Chakram (conch and discus) to Anjaneyar
has his second pair of hands, thereby empowering
him. Lord Anjaneyar has been apprised by the Lord
he can attain Brahma status at the end of Kaliyuga.
Until the, Anjaneyar has to take care of the Lord's
According to mythology, Anjaneyar is Rudhramsam
( he traces his lineage to Siva since his Anjaneya's
mother Anjani, was a Siva devotee and had begotten
Anjaneyar through her penance to Lord Siva). Sholingur
is the only place where Anjaneyar is Vaishnava-vamsam,
since he has been personally appointed by the
Lord to take care of His devotees ( while the
Lord is in penance). The Lord has also advised
Anjaneyar the role of protecting His devotees
is more important than the post of Brahma that
Anjaneyar was aspiring for
association of Thiru implies the Lord's consort
is accompanying Him. Here it is Lakshmi as Amruthavalli
who has married the Lord, and helps the devotees
earn the Lord's blessings. The Lord's blessings
can be invoked by praying at the temple for a
Kadiigai ( a unit of time, approx 24 minutes),
the place is called Thirukadigai.
is a practical reason and a sentimental reason.
Since its an arduous climb of 1305 steps, over
750 ft high, its soothing and refreshing to have
the holy water splashed on the face.
It is believed that the Holy water from the Theerthams
( water bodies) has medicinal properties. Hence
it is offered as prasadam, as well as the Lord's
blessing to the devotee.
location and surrounding of Sholingur has several
medicinal plants and herbs. The air is also salubrious
and has curative properties. Hence climbing the
hill thinking of the Lord, breathing the medicinal
air, and meditating, provide intrinsic medicinal
value. In addition the divinity pervading the
temple site enables devotees surrender themselves
to the Lord. Miracle cures have been recorded
in the temple site, and till date several disabled,
mentally handicapped people have benefited from
of the hallmarks of the temple site is its harmony
with nature. The flora and fauna of the region
are well preserved. As part of the heritage, the
monkeys that are present in large numbers in the
hills, are perceived as beings blessed by Anjaneyar.
worship of the Lord and gaining his blessings
are called Sevai.
are the holy verses that describe the Lord. The
Doddacharya family are the hereditary temple priests
who are nominated to recite these verses during
the Thirumanjanmas and other auspicious functions
in the two hill temples.
history dates the present temples post renovation,
to 1500 AD. The Alwars 5 - 8 AD have sung about
While the earliest date of the temple is recorded
over 1500 years ago, only the Lord's icon was
atop the hill. The icon of Lakshmi was located
enroute to the climb to the big hill. Around 1500
AD, the Lord's consort was relocated to the hill
top, next to the Lord's sanctum sanctorum.
was born as the son of Periyappan, a descendant
of Mudaliandan, also known as Dasarathi, who was
a nephew of Saint Ramanuja ( 1200 AD). Dasarathi
used to accompany his uncle Saint Ramanuja to
the bathing ghat on the Cauvery river, at Srirangam.
He learnt several of the preaching's of Saint
Ramanuja during these morning walks, He did penance
for 12 years and Sri Sudarsana appeared before
him and showed the cave in the hill where the
idols of Sri Narasimha and His consort were kept.
Even now one can find in the second four-pillared
mantap on the hill, the images of Doddacharya
and Sri Sudarsana on two pillars.
Like Ramanuja, Doddacharya took all steps to propagate
Visishtadwaita and maintain the temples, sanctified
by the Azhwars' hymns. His descendants are even
now looking after the temples on the hills at
Sholingur and also Bhaktochita Swami temple at
the foot of the hills where the Utsava idols of
the hill temple are enshrined.
Their family resides near the town temple. The
current Dhoddacahryar, the 23 rd generation, is
dedicated to the cause of sharing the glory of
the Lord to all His devotees, in an interesting,
There are marriage halls and event managers who
can help perform ceremonies nearby to the hill
Several rituals both for departed souls and for
seeking deliverance from curses can be performed
here. It is advised that devotees seek the advice
of the doddacharya directly, to know more about
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You may also ask any specific personal questions
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person with a desire to see the Lord can climb
the temple. Any time, any day, any month, ( between
morning 7.30 am and evening 8 pm) is good to climb
For peole who are unable to climb, there are "Dholi
services" ( equivalent of palanquin bearers
who carry the devotees on a rigid basket, supported
on shoulders. Two or three bearers carry the basket
in which the devotee is seated.
By normal walk it would take about 40 - 50 mins
to climb the Big Hill and about 20 mins to climb
the small hill. The entire flight of steps to
the big hill is covered with a tin shed, providing
much needed protection from the heat, especially
during summer months ( march - june). It is mandatory
to climb the hills barefooted or as exceptions,
with plastic or rubber slippers. Leather or animal
hide is to be avoided.
There are several places to rest during the climb.