Lord Narasimha is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Lord took this Form to protect His most ardent devotee Prahalad from his evil father, Hiranyakasipu.
Built around 1,300 years back, in the 8th century AD, by King Mahendravarma Pallava, the rock cut temple at Namakkal is dedicated to Lord Narasimha and his consort Devi Namagiri Laxmi.
According to Hindu mythology, this rock grew out of the Saligramam that Lord Hanuman had brought back, when he went to the Himalayas to return the Sanjeevani Hill to its original place.
Lord Hanuman wanted to perform Santhyavanthanam at sun rise. So he placed Saligramam near the Kamalalayam Tank and performed Santhyavanthanam. When He tried to lift the Saligramam, He could not move it. Praying to the Lord, He heard a voice which asked Him to complete His duties to the Lord in Rama Avataram, and then return to this place. Hence Lord Haunuman is seen opposite the main entrance of the Temple on the western side of the rock, worshipping the Lord.
Lord Narashimha is seen in the sitting position after killing Hiranya. The two sons of Lord Brahma – Sanakan and Sanathanan are by His side telling about the world happenings. Lord Surya and Lord Chandra are seen holding Samaram and pacifying the Lord’s anger. Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma are seen praying to the Lord and also pacifying Him. Hence Namakkal is also referred to called one of the ‘Thirumurthi Thalams’.
Significance of Worship
Prayers to Lord Narasimha are said to relieve one of debts. Runa Vimochana Narasimha Sthrothram is a powerful remedy for relief from debts
Devi Namagiri Laxmi is present in a seperate Shrine in the Temple. The Devi is the Family Deity of the famed mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam.
Sri Namagiri Thayar Sthrothram is a “Vidya Sthrothram” and is said to make students academically brilliant. It is said that this Prayer was gifted to Ramanujam by the Devi, when he was meditating in the 4-pillared mandapam in front of the Devi’s Shrine.
Sri Vidya Mantra Ratna Prakatidha Vibhavaa
Sri Subalaapoorna Kaamasarveshaprarthidhaa
Lakshmi Sri Veda Garba Vidhurathu Mathisaa Vishwa Kalyaanabhooma
Vishwa Kshemaatham Yoga Vimala Gunavathi Vishnu Vakshathalastha
Location : opposite Sri Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple