Shree Guru Narasimha Temple

Description of the Diety

Srimad Yogananda Guru Narasimha :
"The Deity of Guru Narasimha is carved out of the sacred Saligrama stone. It is unique that this Deity was never carved by anyone, but is self manifested or ""Swayambhu"". hence this place ""Saligrama"" owns to this legend.
Sri Yogananda Narasimha idol is facing west and has its right hand holding chakra(disc) and its left hand holding shanka (conch). The diety projects the original artistic idol with prabhavali. Historian Late Dr. P. Gururaja Bhat who identified this idol as one among the most ancient idols located in Karnataka assigned as established in eight century A.D."

Associated Dieties

Anjaneya swamy
Durga parameshwari

Historical information

1970 new Garbha Gudi, Tirtha Mantapa, shrine for the nagadevaru, dvajasthamba and other reinnovations were carried out at this temple.

1996 an Ashtamangala Prashna was carried out in the temple and defects found were rectified in stages.

In 1997 the Shanka Theertha was cleaned and its surroundings were renovated completely.

1998 the old temple doors were replaced with new concrete ones. 2003 the present Swagata Gopura was newly constructed.

Significance Of Diety

Holy dip at Chakra Theertha purges devotee of all diseases , also fear of enemies. Holy dip in Shanka Theerta purifies devotees from all their sins. holy dip at both Shanka and Chakra Theertha and worship Guru Narasimha are expected to attain moksha .

Shtala Purama

Pushkara Khanda chapter of Padma puranas provides particulars of this temple. Suta Puranika narrated this mahatme on the request of Muni Pungavas.

The land mass offered by king Samudra Raja on the request of Parashurama ranging from the current Gokarna on the North to Kanyakumari on the south, hence known as Parashurama Kshetra.

This place has numerous important Thirta Kshetras and Thirta Sarovaras. Narada Muni visited this place between Seetha river and Kumbha Kashi kshetra where many Koota Muni Pungavas were meditating, after the holy dip in different theerta sarovaras and meditating at thirta kshetras.

During this period an unexpected event occurred at this place. Earth shook and there was deafening sound. All animals were scared and birds circled the sky. There were heavy winds which freightned Munis whoch came to Narada and requested for his protection. Suddenly they over heard Divya Vani with a sermon about Lord Narasimha incarnation.

The Divya Vani informed that an idol of Lord Narasimha, holding Shanka and Chakra in both hands and seated in Yogananda Posture which was worshiped by Brahma and Rudra is sitated between Shanka and Chakra thirta in middle of a Ashwatta (people) tree. This will be installed by Narada Muni. Narada agreed that he had realized the same during his meditation.

They searched and found the statue of Lord Narasimha and prayed to him. Narada then installed the statue of Lord Narasimha in between Shanka and Chakra Theertha. On Narada’s prayer Lord Narasimha appeared and as per his request agreed to be present in this location permanently.

This place in the middle of Koota Kshetra, where Lord Narasimha resides in Saligrama idol is called Saligrama. Devotees will acheive all their desires by worshipping this Saligrama idol ,With holy dip in Chakra Theertha purges devotees of all diseases and fear of enemy. Holy dip in Shanka Theerta clenses devotees from all their sins ,devotee with a holy dip in both theses theerthas and worships Narasimha will attain prosperity.

According to Skanda Purana Sahyadri Kanda, learned Brahmin families under the leadership of Bhattacharya, came to present day Saligrama from Ahichatra on the banks of Godavari river, on the request of King Lokaditya. King Lokaditya wanted to reinstate learned Brahmins in his kindgom for the prosperity of the kingdom. Maha Yagna’s like “Atiratra” were performed by these Brahmins on request of King Lokadithya. Before performence of these yagnas and to avoid obstacles” these learned brahmins prayed to Lord Ganapathi and obtained lords blessings to perform theses Maha Yagnas.

Bhattacharya was delighted to see elephants and lions living together, condition which he had already experienced during his meditation and thus named this place “Nirvairya Sthala” meaning “Enemy less abode”. This is signified by the symbolic representation of elephant in the form of Lord Ganapathi and Lion in the form of Lord Narasimha in this Saligrama temple. The idol is facing west and has chakra in right hand and conch shell in the left hand.

King Lokaditya allocated 14 villages to Brahmins who accompanied Bhattacharya and requested them to stay here and perform yagas and yajnas. While returning back to Ahichatra, Bhattacharya instructed his disciples staying back, to worship Lord Narasimha as both Guru and Lord.


The Deity of Guru Narasimha is self manifested out of the sacred Saligrama stone. It may be noted that this Deity was never carved by anyone, but is ""Swayambhu"". hence name of this place ""Saligrama"" owns to this legend.

The Deity has Shankha(conch) in one hand with Chakra(disc) in another. It is seated in yogic posture attributing to the name ""Yogananda Guru Narasimha"".

The Deity is seated on Mahaganapati yantra. The reason being of sage, Bhattacharya witnessed in this place lions and elephants lived in harmony which is quite contradictory to their normal behaviour of nature. As a result he named this place as ""Nirvairya sthala"" meaning ""the place of no enemity"".

The Deity faces west with 2 ponds which are located on either sides of his hands namely, the Shanka Teertha and the Chakra Theertha.

There is indentation on the top portion of the Deity. The story behind is that- Earlier the Deity of Guru Narasimha was facing east. Because of the ""Ugra"" nature of Narasimha, the crops in that direction of the eyesight of the Deity was burnt to ashes. An angry Brahmin once struck the Lords idol with plough and hence scar was formed on the Deity. It is deemed that the person who struck the Deity faced set of problems later in his life. Several citations of Shilpa Shastra can obsorved to prove that the Deity was once facing east.

Temple Timings

  • Morning: 05.30 AM - 1PM.
  • Evening: 4pm - 8pm.

Darshan Timings

  • Morning: 05.30 AM - 1PM.
  • Evening: 4pm - 8pm.


Shree Guru Narasimha Temple
Sri Guru Narasimha Temple, Saligrama
P.O. Saligrama - 576255
Udupi Dist, Karnataka State, India


Saligrama town lies on NH 17 and it is well connected by road network. Direct buses are available to Saligrama from Mangalore and Udupi.

Travel Mode

Road :
Saligrama town lies on NH 17 and it is well connected by road network. Direct buses are available to Saligrama from Mangalore and Udupi.
Kundapur or Udupi is the nearest railway station. Manmad is also closer and better connected.
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport

Food Details

Everyday prasada timings 1PM to 2PM


SL.No Sevas / Poojas Amount
1 Brahamarathotsva Kanike (excludes operating expenses) 1001
2 Big Ranga Pooja 12545
3 Small Ranga Pooja 2525
4 Samhitabisheka (without Santarpane) 2275
5 Dhanurmasa Samaradane (santarpane for 7 people) 775
6 Harivana Naivedya 240
7 Pavaman Abhisheka 100
8 Panchamritha Abhisheka 60
9 Sahasranama Archane 50
10 Ksheera(Milk) Abhisheka 60
11 Ksheera(Milk) Paramanna 50
12 Saturday Fruit Offering for 1 year 936
13 Moodu Ganapathi Seva 955
14 Sone Arathi 285
15 Nanda Deepa for 1 month 235
16 Flower Pooja 225
17 Tulabara Kanike (without weighing material) 780
18 Chitranna offering 50
19 Panaka Samarpane 50
20 Nitya Pooja for 1 day 500
21 Ganahoma of 6 coconuts (on Sankranthi Day)  
22 Daily Veda Chanting 55
Sri Mahaganapathi
1 Panchamritha Abhisheka 60
2 Sahasranama Archane 50
3 Ksheera(Milk) Abhisheka 60
4 Moodu Ganapathi Seva 955
5 Nanda Deepa for 1 month 235
6 Ganahoma of 6 coconuts (on Sankranthi Day) 460
7 Panchamrutha Abhisheka with Naivedya 135
8 Ranga Pooja Class One (Bengal gram or Gingily) 370
9 Ranga Pooja Class Two (Sugar or puffed rice) 200
Sri Durga Devi
1 Panchamritha Abhisheka 60
2 Sahasranama Archane 50
3 Ksheera(Milk) Abhisheka 60
4 Ksheera(Milk) Paramanna 50
5 Nanda Deepa for 1 month 235
6 Panchamrutha Abhisheka with Naivedya 140
7 Chandika Parayana 120
8 Kunkuma Archane 40
Sri Anjaneya Swami
1 Pavaman Abhisheka 100
2 Panchamritha Abhisheka 60
3 Sone Arathi 150
4 Nanda Deepa for 1 month 235
5 Flower Pooja 225
6 Tulabara Kanike (without weighing material) 625
7 Ranga Pooja Class One (Bengal gram or Gingily) 400
8 Ranga Pooja Class Two (Sugar or puffed rice) 200
9 Vada Seva 250
10 Appa Seva 335
11 Sundara Khanda Parayana 205
12 Complete Decoration with Chandra Benne(Butter) 300

Annual Uthsavas

  1. Sriman Maha Rathotsava (Jan)
  2. Kumbha Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Feb)
  3. Meena Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Mar)
  4. Mesha Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Apr)
  5. Hanuma Jayanthi, Maha Rangapooje (Apr)
  6. Akshaya Threethiya, Kiri Rangapooje (May)
  7. Vrushaba Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (May)
  8. Sri Narasimha Jayanthi, Samhitabhiseka, Maha Rangapooje (May)
  9. Mituna Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Jun)
  10. Karka Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Jul)
  11. Simha Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Aug)
  12. Krishna Astami
  13. Ganesha Chauthi, 120 Coconut Ganahoma, Narasimha Homa, Rangapooje
  14. Saura Rugupakarma
  15. Kanya Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Sep)
  16. Tula Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Oct)
  17. Vrischika Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Nov)
  18. Lakshadeepotsava (Nov)
  19. Moodu Ganapathi Seve (Dec)
  20. Mane Akki Samaradhane (Dec)
  21. Dhanu Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Dec)
  22. Dhanur Masa Samaradhane (Whole of Dahnu Month)