Sri Ahobila Mutham, one of the most important Sri Vaishnava religious
institutions in India, was established by Sri Athivan Satakopan at the
instructions of Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha of Ahobilam. In fact, the utsava moorthy
of the Malola Nrisimha temple, one of the nine shrines of Ahobilam, is the
presiding deity of Sri Ahobila Mutham. Sri Malolan accompanies Srimad Azhagiya
Singar, the spiritual and titular head of Sri Ahobila Mutham, on his
travels. Ahobilam is located in Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh in the hills
of the eastern ghats, about 400 KM northwest of Chennai.
The temple consists of nine shrines to Lord Nrisimha located around a 5 KM
circle. In addition to the nine shrines, there is a temple for Prahaladavarada
Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain. Due to security reasons and the
difficulty in performing daily worship, many of the utsava vigrahas of the nine
shrines are kept in this temple. Garuda wished for a vision of Lord Nrisimha in
the form of the Avathara. To fulfill his wish, the Lord settled in the hills
around Ahobilam in the midst of dense forests in nine different forms. For this
reason this hill came to be known as Garudadri, Garudachalam, and Garudasailam.
Ahobilam is the place where the Lord killed Hiranyakasipu and saved Prahalada.
Mahalakshmi took avathar as Senjulakshmi among the Senju, tribal hunters of the
hills, and married the Lord.
How to reach Ahobilam From Hyderabad?
The distance between Hyderabad and Ahobilam is about 380 KM. By train, take
Thungabadra Express from Hyderabad (Kacheguda) to Kurnool. This train leaves
Hyderabad (Kacheguda) at 7:00 p.m. and reaches Kurnool 10:30 p.m. From Karnool,
Ahobilam is about 150 KM. You may hire a taxi or take a bus for this part of the
journey. The approximate cost would be Rs. 1400 for the round trip. The return
train arrives Kurnool at 1:15 a.m. and reaches Hyderabad at 5:20 a.m.
You may also take a bus from Hyderabad to Allagadda. From Allagadda, Ahobilam is
about 30 KM. Town busses ply between Allagadda and Ahobilam every 45 minutes.
The last bus leaves Ahobilam to Allagadda at 9:45 p.m. You may also hire a taxi
How to reach Ahobilam From Bangalore?
From Bangalore, Ahobilam is about 350 K.m. The train timing is not very
convenient from Bangalore. Prasant Express leaves Bangalore at 2:00 p.m. and
reaches Nandiyal at about 11:50 p.m. From Nandiyal, Ahobilam is about 60 KM via
Allagadda. The return train to Bangalore leaves Nandiyal at about 11:10 p.m. and
reaches Bangalore at 10 a.m.
By road, the travel is via Madanapalli, Cuddapah, and Allagadda. The drive is
about 7:30 hours.
How to reach Ahobilam From Chennai?
The drive from Chennai is through Renigunta, Kadappa, and Allagadda. It will
take about 9 to 10 hours of hard driving. Avoid night driving if you can.