Simhachalam, Siṃhāchalam: 2 definitions


Simhachalam means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Shodhganga: The Inscriptions Of Simhachalam A Cultural Study

Siṃhāchalam is considered to be one of the important Vaiṣṇava sacred places referred to in the sacred traditional history of Āndhra-deśa in particular and South India in general. It gradually evolved into a great religious centre though the ages and played a very vital role in shaping the social, religious and cultural life of not only the people of Āndhra-deśa but als of the whole peninsular India.

Source: Shodhganga: Anthropology of pilgrimage of lord Jagannath

Simhachalam, the site of Lord Narasimha is situated on a hill 800 feet above the sea level, in a tiny hill range of the Eastern Ghats, at a distance of 10 miles to the north of Visakhapatnam, the principal port of Andhra Pradesh. The hill range on which the tempi,e is located is known as the Kailasa (17.47'N and 83.21½'E).

The Simhachalam temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha (Man-Lion), the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, placed on the hill top. The climate of the hills is influenced by their elevation and nearness to the Sea, is cool, steady and enjoyable.

Source: Shodhganga: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu

Simhachalam refers to one of the various famous Siddha Centre distributed throughout South India and Tamil Nadu. The Siddha cult represents a Tantric philosophy that emerged from the combination of several elements found in traditions such as Shaivism (viz., Pashupata), Shaktism, Jainism, Tantric Buddhism (Vajrayana), etc. Both the Siddha and the Navanath cult (i.e., Nava-natha, ‘nine saints’) are popular in South India [viz., Simhachalam] and Tamilnadu. A Siddha was an inspired seer belonging to the marginalized sections of society who dissolved their past karma and crushed the roots of future karma.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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