Akiripalli near Vijayawada is home to
a hill temple bearing a cave shrine to Vyagra Narasimha and a temple to Malleswara
Shiva. The hill is also known as Sobhanachalam.
The hill temple also has shrines to Rajyalakshmi,
and to all of the Alwar saints of Tamilnadu. The Nammalwar
Adhyayanotsavam is celebrated in this temple once a year.
Legend has it that a king by name
Subhavrata meditated upon Vishnu and Shiva and was blessed with a vision of Narasimha and
Shiva on this hill. The hill is known as Sobhanadri after the king Subhavrata.
The Varaha theertham or tank is
located to the west of the hill. Legend has it that Vishnu in his Varaha avatara dug out
this tank, and hence the name Varaha pushkarini. The word kiri refers to Varaha, and hence
the name of the place - Akiripalli.
This Akiritemple celebrates festivals such as the
adhyayanotsavam, Ratha Saptami with a chariot procession, the full moon night in the month
of Kartika and so on.
Abodes of Vishnu