Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple, Antharvedi, West Godavari, AP, India
Since Lord Brahma made this place as "Vedic" to perform Rudra Yaga to get free from his sins it is therefore called Antervedi. Raktavilochana son of Hiranyaksha with the boons granted by Lord Shiva unleashed terror in the region and also killed one hundred sons of Vasista. Vasista who was not present at the time of this horror, could witness the scene with his divine power in Brahmaloka. He therefore prayed Lord Narasimha to save further destruction in the hands of Raktavilochana. Lord Narasimha, therefore decended and fought fiercely with the ferocious demon. Since the demon was granted a boon, assuring that the number of sand particles denched by the drops of his blood take the form of his body, Lord Narasimha created Maya Shakti and chopped of the hands of Raktavilochana and ultimately killed him. Maya Shakti helped Lord Narasimha in preventing the blood of the demon falling on the ground, with the result no further bodies of the demon could be produced. Joyous Vasista, on an auspicious day, in the presence of all the gods consecrated the image of Lord Narasimha at Antervedi and all sang his glory. As the time passed, Antervedi became a Jungle, where a cow-heard called Keshavadas used to graze his cattle. On one day he found that one of his cows rained his milk at an anthill and returned home dry. To worried Keshavadas, Lord Narasimha appeared in his dream and asked him to construct a temple for him. The cow-herd with the assistance of the villagers constructed a temple at the anthill. The temple was further developed in 1923 by Sri Narendra Lakshmi Narasimha Rao in gratitude of the god in saving his ships from sinking in the sea.
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