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A Soul Soothing Sojourn In Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam!

March 3, 2015

I took a cab and went to my first destination in the city, Simhachalam Temple. As the cab rolled into a halt, I looked up the hill at the beautiful temple in awe and excitement. The vision of the temple was soul- stirring and I rushed out of the cab after paying the cab driver, as I planned to take a bus ride up the hill as the hotel staff had advised me.

The bus fare was 6Rs for adults and 3 Rs for children, whereas if I had gone up by the same taxi I would have had to pay 20Rs as that was the charge for private vehicles to go up the hill and I thought this was the better option!

The journey up was also very good since the bus passed through fields and fruit orchards like mango, jack fruit and for the city dweller in me, this was a rare and wonderful sight! The trees were also on both the sides of the broad flight of steps so it was bliss for the pilgrims and devotees who come from different parts of the world.

Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam

Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

 As I stood on the pavement staring at the temple, the smell of agarbathi, flowers and Prasad hung in the air. This Hindu temple was designed in a Kalinga manner and has stood mighty tall in the wonderful city for many decades.

 The temple which stood majestically on top of the hill has a literal translation which is “Lion on a Hill.” Legend has it that the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu or more commonly known as the Lion-Man resides in this temple. The locals in and around the temple gave me further insight about the God worshipped at the temple.

 Nijaroopa darshan is the only time the deity that is present isn’t covered with sandalwood. This darshan is only for twelve hours in a year and after these twelve hours on Akshaya Tritiya Day, the statue is recovered with sandalwood.

Outside View Of Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam

Outside View Of Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam | Image Resource : mw2.google.com

  I noticed that the temple was west facing indicating victory and the pilgrims were flooding in at all hours of the day. I could’ve stayed there forever! It was so peaceful and the positive vibes drew me deeper into the walls of the temple.

  My camera had a mind of its own almost, the pictures that I clicked of the beautiful ancient architecture are appreciated by friends and family even till today. There was no more time to waste, there were still so many wonderful places to visit, I looked back at the magnificent structure again and vowed to be back again one day.

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