The Yoga Narasimha temple located at Dharmapuri
in the Karimnagar district of the Telengana area is rich in legend and tradition.
Legend has it that a ruler of this
region by name Dharma Varma performed meditated towards Bhrahma and Vishnu to have a
vision of Narasimha in the Sowmya - roopam as opposed to the terrifying Ugra swaroopam.
His wish was granted with the help of Bhrahma, and the
town was named after the ruler as Dharmapuri.
The temple: There are images of Yoga
Narasimha and Bhrahma at this temple held in worship. It is to
be noted that there are just a handful of temples in India where there is a separate
shrine for Bhrahma, although Bhrahma is housed in a niche adorning the
sancta in Saiva temples in south India. (see Uttamar
Koyil in Tamilnadu).
There are also images of Balarama and
Muralikrishna. This temple also has eight images of Hanuman.
Also in this town is the nootana Narasimhaswamy
temple, which is said to bear an image of Narasimha discovered in a cave nearby.
The annual kalyanotsavam at this
temple is celebrated in the Indian month of Phalguna as in Yadagirigutta.
Abodes of Vishnu