Keelapavoor – Lakshimi Narasimhar 

1500 Years Old Ancient Temple

Historic Prominence

Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Keelapavoor 635109 Tenkasi District of Tamilnadu. This temple is also called Dhakshina Ahobila (south Ahobila) is considered to be 1200-1500 years old.

One such form of the Ugra Narasimha is his depiction with 16 hands. Ugra Narasimha with 16 hands is seen only in very few temples, one such is in a serene Place of Keelapavoor. Narasimha Perumal graces in sitting form facing west. The sanctum sanctorum is small in size as in cave temples.  Lord Prasanna Venkatachalapathy with Mother Alarmel Mangai graces facing east in front of the temple. The sacred spring in the temple is praised as Narasimha Theertham.

Specialty about Temple
Paanakam (lemon jaggery water), the favourite of the Lord, is offered to the deity in the temple and distributed as prasadam. Offering Panaka to the lord not only quenches his anger but also makes him exorbitantly happy. Visiting the temple on the day of Swathi Nakshatram (birth star of Narasimha) especially during the evening time is considered very auspicious. In front of this small temple is a huge pond, which is several times bigger than the temple itself. It is believed that the pond would have been constructed to bring down the Ugra (anger) of the Lord.
The serenity of place with a massive pond full of water with tall shady tress around is a real visual treat for visitors. Besides this 800-year-old temple, there are other temples for Lord Shiva (Vallipureeshwarar, worshiped by the monkey King, Vaali) and Radha Krishna also situated in this small hamlet. 
Temple details

Lord name   –  Narasimhar

Goddess name –  Alamel Mangai

Tirtham (Holy water Point)  –Narasimha tirtham

Thala vriksham (Sacred Tree associated to the temple)  –  Bilvam

Agamam    – Kamika agamam

Rituals for Remedies

People appeal to Lord Narasimha for relief from DEBT burdens and for Marriage to happen standing delayed due to some reason or other. Devotees light ghee lamps and circumambulate the prakara 16 times offering Panaka, a sweet drink as Nivedhana. They perform abishek with milk and green coconut on Swati star days and on Pradosham days.

Temple Timings

Daily 6.30am to 10.30pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Location

Keelapavoor 627806  10km from Tenkasi. Near Courtallam Nice Weather 28 °C, Wind W at 10 km/h, 87% Humidity

Important Festival Day

Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Narasimha Jayanthi, Purattasi Saturdays in September-October, Swathi star days are the festivals of the temple. Pradosham (13th day from new moon or full moon day) is also observed with special pujas.

Amazing Facts

01

Dhakshina Ahobila (south Ahobila) is considered to be 1200-1500 years old.

02

The Devas and the rishis (sages) came to this place, Keezhapavur and performed a rigorous penance for several years.

03

People appeal to Lord Narasimha for relief from DEBT burdens and for Marriage to happen standing delayed due to some reason or other.

04

Around 300 years ago, the sound of Lions roar used to come from the temple.

05

Ugra Narasimha with 16 hands is seen only in very few temples

06

Singirikudi, a place near Pondicherry, the Lord resides as Ugra Narasimha depicted with 16 hands as seen in Keelapavoor.