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Nine forms of Lord Narasimha Swamy in Ahobilam

From: Anand Vangipuram (avangipuram_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Mar 02 2000 - 17:56:39 PST

Dear Bhakti List Members:

This is a continuation from yesterday's discussion.

3.  	Malola Narasimha Swamy
Not far from Krodha Narasimha Swamy temple is a small cave
dedicated to Malola Narasimha Swamy on the banks of the
great river Kanakabhaya.  The deity here appears in "Soumya"
or graceful form.  As the Lord is seen with His consort,
Sri. Mahalakshmi, He is known as Malola Narasimha Swamy.
The word Malola is actually Ramalola which means the beloved
to Mahalakshmi. It may be noted that the Vedadri hill in Upper Ahobilam area 
was designated as Lakshmi Kshetra by Lord Sri Maha Vishnu as He gave 
prominence to Sri Mahalakshmi in this place.

The Lord is seated here in the Sukhasana pose with his left
leg folded while his right leg is at ease.  The Lord's two upper
hands, right and left hold the Chakra and Sankha, respectively
while the two lower hands show, one in the Abhaya Hasta mudra
and the other around His Consort.  Sri Mahalakshmi, with her
hands one in Kataka and the other in Prasarita Vama Hasta
mudra is shown seated on His lap.  It seems when the question
of which Utsavamurty should accompany the Jeer during his
regular sojourns arised, it is believed that the Utsavamurty of
Malola Narasimha Swamy appeared in the dream of His Holiness
Sriman Adivan Satakopa Jeer as an answer.  Since then this idol
has been with the Jeers and is carried by them to all places on
their religious tours and is worshipped regularly.

To be continued...

The credit for the information provided herein should be
given to "Sapthagiri" which is a Tirumala Tirupati
Devasthanams Publication.  The original article was written
by Acharya Komanduri Ranga of Stillwater, OK.

adiyen rAmAnuja dAsan,
Venkata Yatiraj Anand
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