Narasimha Jayanti was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour across Prakasam district on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon), on Thursday.
According to a legend Lord Mahavishnu appeared in the form Ugra Narasimha (half man-half lion) incarnation to annihilate demon Hiranyakasapa at dusk on this day.
Devotees of Narasimha swamy observed day-long fast and offered special prayers at dusk in among other temples dedicated to the fiery god at Singarayakonda, and Narasimhakonda near Markapur in the district. The 15th century temple at Singarayakonda dedicated to Narasimha swamy was agog with religious activity. It was one of the main Vaishnavite centres since the reign of Vijayanagara emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya. Thousands of devotees visited the Sri Kapilagiri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple at Narasimhakonda to witness the celestial wedding of Mahalakshmi with the lord to reduce the anger of Narasimha. The temple Dwajasthambam was gold-plated at a cost of Rs. 2.25 lakhs on the occasion, temple trust board Chairman B. Seshagiri Rao said. Bhajans, kolatams were performed by devotees enthusiastically. Srikrishna Rayabaram and Chenchu Lakshmi were among the dramas enacted on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Malakonda, the abode of Lakshmi Nrusimha swamy which is open to public only on Saturdays , was decked for the annual festival on May 25. Registrations were done for performance of over 100 marriages on that day, temple Executive Officer D. Subba Rao said.