• SRI VENKATESWARA SWAMY TEMPLE | 25-12-2020 TO 25-12-2020 | VAIKUNTA EKADASI - Darshanam in Tirumala is expected to take more time on 25-12-2020 due to Vaikunta Ekadashi.


Thirukoil, Sholinghur, Tamilnadu, India



Lord Yoga Narasimha Swamy is presiding deity of this temple. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The alternate names of the Perumal are “Thakaan” and “Akkarakani”. Akkaram implies Money and Wealth. Lord Yoga Narasimha Swamy faces East direction. Lord Yoga Narasimha (big deity) on the hill-top is seated in a Yoga asana with Salagrama Hara (necklace) and Chaturbuja (Four arms). He holds Sanka (conch) and Chakra (discus) on two arms. The other two arms signify a meditative posture.


Goddess Amirtha Valli Thayar is consort of Lord Yoga Narasimha Swamy.

Interesting Facts

  • Located on 705 ft above the ground. There is a small window opposite to Lord Narasimhas Shrine at Big Hill, through which the Lord give darsan to Yoga Anjeneya at Small Hill. It is said that Yoga Anjaneya Swamy’s eyes point the feet of Yoga Narasimha Swamy.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (33.7°C during the day and 21°C during night)Lowest - October to February (26°C during day and 17°C during night)Monsoon season - June to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the Temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at Temple.
  • Smo​king & Photography is strictly prohibited inside the Temple Premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Muthukadai Bus Stand
25.3 KM 1800 419 4287
Sholinghur Railway station
16.5 KM 1800111321
Vellore Airport
57.8 KM 91-416-291201


Lord Narasimha appeared before Sapta rishi and blessed them with Mukti. It is said that Lord appeared for a span of 24 min. Hence, the hill got the name Kadigachalam, where Kadigai means 24 mins and Chalam means hill. Temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. This is a small temple with a North facing Raja Gopuram (Main tower) consists of 5 storeys and 7 kalasams. It is known from the inscription that the temple is an ancient one consisting of 7 Mandapams and a Unjal Swing Mandapam. The temple tank is known as Takkan Kulam also known as Brahma theertham. It is round-shaped and is a very big tank. The main walls of the tank are made of massive granite blocks.

Religious Significance

Lord Vishnu, after slaying the demon, Hiranyakashipu, In the Narasimha avatar reached this hill to bless the Saptha rishis, who were doing penance at the Kadikachalam hill. The Sapta (seven) rishis are: Vasistha, Kasyapa, Athiri, Jamadagni, Gautama, Bharathwaja and Viswamitra. They did penance at this hill for a Kadigai (24 minutes), prostrating before Lord Narasimha. Lord Narasimha protected his devotee Prahalada after slaying demon Hiranyakashipu and reached here straight from Ahobilam (in Andhra Pradesh) and granted moksha to these Maharishis.

Swamy Dhottachar used to worship Lord Varadaraja Perumal of Kanchi on the third day of Brahmotsavam every year. Once he was not able to visit Kanchi and thus missed the seva. The worried Dhottachar offered prayers to Lord Varadharajar sitting on the banks of Brahma Theertham at Sholinghur. Lord Varadarajar of Kanchi, Pleased by the prayers of Swamy Dhottachar, appeared before him on Garuda Vahanam (Mount). This incident resulted in a ritual called Dhottachar Seva performed on the third day of Brahmmotchavam at Kanchi Varadarajar temple even now. Sage Viswamithra meditated here for a Kadigai and obtained the Brahma Rishi title. Kadikachala Kshetra Mahatmiyam is described in Brahma Kaivartha Purana. This temple has built in 14th century by Vijayanagara Kings. This temple is renoevated in 2010.

Local Beliefs & Local Customs

The belief is that by worshipping this Lord, the problems of mental disability, witchcraft and incurable diseases get dissolved. For conjugal problems, sterility and marriage impediments, The devotees offer prayers and are alleviated from their distresses. People have faith that to offer worship in this sacred place will relieve them from troubles such as loss in business, poverty and sorrow of old age. The unshakeable belief of the devotees is, by piling the stones and building a tower around the hill-path will give them sanction to buy a new plot or build a new house. The traditional faith is that by taking a bath in the Nrsimha pond will annihilate a person’s Brahmahathi sin. To perform charitable acts and distribute alms are considered to be equivalent to be doing them in Gaya. Those who pray for issues, those with mental disorder and incurable diseases bathe in the pond and worship the Lord of the hill and Aanjaneyar. The Goddess (big) of this temple is known as Amirtha Valli Thayar. She blesses the devotees with boons (yielding, prosperity, longevity and happiness). The utsava (small) Goddess is known as Sudhavalli thayar. Lord Narasimha, it is said, opens his eyes from HIS meditation only during the Tamil month of Karthigai, which falls on November-December months, and blesses his devotees. As per the Legend, Lord Narasimha appeared before Sapta rishi and blessed them with Mukti. It is said that Lord appeared for a span of 24 min, hence whoever offers prayers on this hill for 24 mins will be relieved from sins.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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