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  • GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

    ANDHRA PRADESH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

    BIDDING DOCUMENT

    Name of the work :

    Design, construct with supply, installation, testing ,

    commissioning, operation, maintenance and run cable car for 1 year(jig back system – mono cable ropeway) at Ahobilam , Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.-

    on EPC turnkey system .

    OFFICE OF THE

    SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER APTDC LTD, VIJAYAWADA,

    ANDHRA PRADESH INDIA

     GOAP – APTDC is inviting Bids for the above work in response to this bid

    document.  The Bid document can be down loaded from the web site

    www.aptourism.gov.in. From 23rd May 2018 till 05.06.2018.

    http://www.aptourism.gov.in/

  • AHOBILAM ROPEWAY PROPOSAL

    Ahobilam

    Among the great shrines dedicated to Sri Narasimhaswamy,

    Ahobilam occupies a pre-eminent place. This religious centre of great

    antiquity also known as Singavel Kunram in ancient Tamil classics

    mentioned in many puranas like Kurma, Padma and Vishnu. According

    to Brahmanda purana , this place was once haunt of Hiranyakasipa who

    was slain by Sriman Narayan in his Narasimha avatara aspect for the

    sake of his devotee Prahlada. The cave shrines of Narasimha at ahobilam

    belongs to the Sri Vaishnava tradition. It is one of the 108 sacred centres

    (Divya Kshetras) of Sri Vaishnavaism.

    This is a temple whose origins go back to almost 2000 years.

  • Ahobilam is the place, which exhibits nine distinct iconographical

    forms of Narasimha. In addition to this, this place is intimately associated

    with Vansatagopa Jiyar , the first jiyar of the Ahobila Math. It is being

    popularly believed that God Narasimha himself came in the form of an

    old man and offered sanyasa to the Jiyar. Despite such a holy

    punyakshetra, spectacular setting of the cave shrines on the Nallamala

    hill ranges, pillared mandapas, maths and other structures at this hill,

    Ahobilam has not attracted sufficient attention of historians,

    archaeologists and pilgrims tourists.

  • Peak hills, difficult terrain, forest location, and hill ranges have

    kept them away. To facilitate pilgrim tourists and others to reach

    these inaccessible cave shrines, Govt. has taken initiative to

    establish a ropeway facility for the purpose of pilgrim’s

    convenience. This facility will trigger off increase in pilgrim tourist flow

    to this “Punya kshetram” of historical and religious importance.

  • Lower Ahobilam Upper Ahobilam

    The temple situated on the upper Ahobilam, at a distance of

    eight kilometre from the lower Ahobilam , is the main temple and the

    earliest of all the nine shrines. The lord in the sanctum sanctorum here

    appears in his fierce aspect. Hence, he is called “Ugra Narasimha” . it is

    firmly believed that Narasimha swamy was “Swaymbhu” (self-manifest)

    here.

  • Location :

    Ahobilam is situated in the Nallamala hills, and is about 24 kms

    from Allagadda taluq head quaters, 112 kms from Cuddapah , and 65

    kms from Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh. it can be reached by bus from

    there. Now cuddapah is having airport also.

  • The whole complex is composed of two parts – one called Yeguva

    Ahobilam (upper Ahobilam) which contains shrines devoted to Nava

    Narasimha (nine Narasimhas) and the other called Diguva Ahobilam

    (lower Ahobilam) with a single shrine for Lakshmi Narasimha. Both are

    connected by a road, covering a distance of about 8 kms from the lower

    ahobilam to the upper Ahobilam.

    From the upper Ahobilam, the other shrines are to be reached only by

    trekking and negotiating the difficult terrain of flowing streams and

    slippery rocks. Nature is bounteous. It affords plenty of water by way of

    ponds, brooks and also some resting places in the form of shady trees.

    One can witness several cave like rocks on the way.

  • Wild animals dwell in the forest.

    If one undertakes a strenuous traverse of 8 kms, from the upper

    ahobilam, one can see the Ugra stambham on the mountain side to be

    the one from which Lord Narasimha emerged in his ferocious form in

    response to Prahlada’s prayers.

    At a distance of 8 kms from the upper Ahobilam , a cleft of the

    mountain is seen, dividing mountain into two visible parts. It is a long

  • held view that from the cleft, the lord appeared in the form of Narasimha

    and this cleft is known as “Ugra Stambham” .

    This Jwala Narasimha swamy shrine and “Ugra Stambham” location

    is the place, every pilgrim tourist wish to visit though it is very difficult

    terrain to reach. The ropeway facility will be a great relief to pilgrim

    tourists to reach this location to fulfil their lifetime wish.

    Names of the place :

    The place is variously referred to in the inscriptions as

    Vobula1, Ahobila 2 , Ahobila 3, Ahobilagiri 4 , Vedadri 5

    Diguva Tirupathi 6, Garudadri 7, Virakshetra 8, Achalachaya Meru

    9, Singavel kunram 10, Nidhi 11 and Nagari 12. The popular name

    of the place is Ahobila and all the other names appear as terms

    connoting its mythology, sanctity, and glory. Ahobala is the ancient

    form of the present name Ahobila.

  • The earliest inscription naming this place and Ahobala belongs to

    1124A.D According to Sthala purana, there are two popular legends,

    explaining the derivation of the word “Ahobilam”. It is stated that the

    Devas (gods) , while witnessing the ferocious aspect (ugra kala)the lord

    took on in order to tear Hiranyakasipu to pieces, exclaimed in wonder “

    Ahobala” ( literally , LO! The stupendous strength !). Hence, this place

    has come to be known subsequently as Ahobilam.

  • 1. Malola Narasimha

    Malola shrine is situated, nearly two kms . from the main temple of

    the upper Ahobilam. The deity here appears in “Soumya” (peaceful)

    form. As Narasimha is seen with his consort, Lakshmi , he is known

    as Malola Narasimha. The word “ Malaola “ means beloved of Lakshmi.

    The shrine is on a level surface of a peak of the Vedadri mountain.

    This place is also called Markonda Lakshmi Kshetra.

    2. Jwala Narasimha

  • The temple of Jwala Narasimha, lies higher up the Malola temple,

    on a hill called “Achalachaya Meru”. This is about four kms, from the

    upper Ahobilam temple. This place is said to be the actual spot where

    the ferocity or anger of the Lord reached its acme when he tore

    Hiranyaksipu. It is somewhat difficult to reach this place as we have

    to pass through a narrow passage made by cutting and chiselling the

    rocks of the peak on one side, while to the other side of this passage

    there is a very deep valley. One has to walk very carefully. It is told

    that the spot where Jwala Narasimha is sitting with Hiranya Kasipu on

    his lap, is threshold of the main entrance door of the spacious palace

    of Hiranyakasipu.

    Cleaving one of the pillars of the demon”s palace, Narasimha

    manifested himself. The part of this pillar standing erect has the

  • space of a lofty hill. This vertical hilly pillar is called Achalachayameru.

    The cleaven side of the standing part is straight

    and at right angles to the foot part of it.

    The pilgrims got firm faith that with Jwala Narasimha swamy

    Darshan, one will get rid of all grahadoshas, gruhadoshas. As such

    this became very important shrine for pilgrims.

    Out of 9 shrines 5 are motorable shrines:

    Ahobila, Karanji, Bhargava, Yogananda and Chatravata. Pavana

    Narasimha shrine is very difficult route of 16 kms,jeeps only can

    negotiate. This shrine is having forest route also of 6 kms which is

    passing through dense forest and hilly terrain. The jeep operator is

    charging about Rs.3,500

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