RENOVATION The furious form of Narasimha reappeared at Kizhappavur.

I n Kizhappavur village, Alangulam Taluk close to Tenkasi, is a 1000-year-old temple for Sri Lakshminarasimha. The dilapidated condition of the temple has urged devotees to form a renovation committee.

Narasimha, according to legend, was Vishnu's incarnation in a man-animal form to annihilate the demon Hiranyakasipu and the place is said to be Ahobilam in Andhra Pradesh.

Legend has it that Kashyapa rishi, Narada and Varuna wished to see Narasimha avatar. Mahavishnu ordained them to undertake penance on the banks of the Chitra river in the Podigai hills.

With dedication

The penance began and pleased with their dedication, Narasimha emerged in a ferocious form. The place is Kizhappavur where in the temple the deity is seen with 16 hands, and Hiranyakasipu on his lap.

He is called Ugranarasimhar and Prahladavaradar. At the deity's feet in total surrender are Kadamba Maharishi, Prahlada, his mother Lilavati and the king of Kasi.

To cool the angry Narasimha appeared a pond, aptly called Narasimha Tirtham. There is a shrine for Sri Prasanna Venkatachalapaty with his Consorts Padmavati and Alarmelmangai. There is no statue of the latter.

The temple is under the care of Kasi Viswanathar temple.

Inscriptions denote the interest showed in the temple, but the structure does not seem to be complete. And the inhabitants of Kizhappavur have not seen consecration.

Renovation has started but work is making slow progress for lack of funds. Shrines for Garuda and idols of Thayar will be installed.