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GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
ANDHRA PRADESH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Name of the work : Development of Infrastructure and Providing Ropeway system at Ahobilam, Allagadda mandal, Kurnool dist.
OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER APTDC LTD, VIJAYAWADA,
ANDHRA PRADESH INDIA
GOAP – APTDC is inviting Bids for the above work on turnkey basis .
The Bid document can be down loaded from the web site www.aptdc.in. From 27th November 2018
AHOBILAM ROPEWAY PROPOSAL
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
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.
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
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
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
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 for 6 persons. As such total 6 shrines
are motorable and reachable for the pilgrim tourists and other 3 important shrines
i.e. Malola, Krodha and Jwala Narsimhaswamy are reachable by trekking only
through serpentine forest route of boulders and rubble.
AHOBILAM ROPEWAY PROPOSAL
As a part of providing facility to pilgrim tourist of “Divya Punya Kshetram
Ahobilam” a rope