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Shri Narsinhji's Temple at Narasinhji's Pole in Vadodara

Dedicated to Sri Krishna, Shri Narsinhji's Temple at Narasinhji's Pole in Vadodara attracts thousands of devotees during the Kartik Purnima festival. The five-day festival at this nearly three century-old temple begins on the Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi (November 19, 2018) and ends on Kartik Purnima day (November 23, 2018).
The highlight of the five day festival is the Tulsi Vivah – marriage of Shri Narsinhji to Tulsi. Marriage procession festival of Bhagwan Narsingji of Baroda attracts thousands of devotees.
The main murti that is worshipped in Shri Narsinhji's Temple are Shaligrams. Salagrama, or Shaligrama, are black stones with stripes in the form of symbols associated with Lord Vishnu. Salagrama is considered to be an embodiment of Lord Vishnu. The significance of Salagrama is mentioned in the Puranas and the Mahabharata.
It is believed that the Shaligrams at Shri Narsinhji's Temple at Narasinhji's Pole were given to the then head of the family that runs the…

Chakra Teertham in Tirupati

Chakra Teertham is one among the seventeen sacred lakes or Tirthas near TirupatiBalajiTemple. It is believed that water from these seventeen lakes merge in the SwamiPushkariniLake. Legend has it that a devotee of Venkateswara named Padmanabha worshipped the Lord here for 12 years.
It is said that Padmanabha was fed with Adharma on earth. He prayed to Balaji to get rid of the Adharma and reinstate Dharma. It is said that Balaji finally answered his prayers and sent his Sudarshana Chakra to get rid of people practicing Adharma.
Murtis of Lakshmi, Narasimha form of Vishnu and Sudharshana Chakra are worshipped here.
The most auspicious day at Chakra Teertham falls on the 12th day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik Month. A sweet is made and is distributed among devotees on the day.
The popular belief is that taking bath in the Chakra Teertham helps in attaining Moksha.
Related VarahaTemple at Tirupati Tumburu Theertham at Tirumala – Story of Tumburu Gandharva Tirth at Tirupati

Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple at Kizhappavur near Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu

SriLakshminarasimhaSwamyTemple at Kizhappavur near Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu is more than 1000 years old. It is believed that Vishnu appeared as Narasimha here. Legend has it that Saint Kashyapa, Sage Narada and Varuna, the sea god, wished to see the Narasimha avatar. Vishnu asked them to do penance on the banks of the ChitraRiver in the Podigai hills. He then appeared before them at Kizhappavur. A holy pond nearby the temple is known as Narasimha Tirtham.
The Hindu writes about the temple
The penance began and pleased with their dedication, Narasimha emerged in a ferocious form. The place is Kizhappavur where in the temple the deity is seen with 16 hands, Hiranyakasipu on his lap. He is called Ugranarasimhar and Prahladavaradar. At the deity’s feet in total surrender are Kadamba Maharishi, Prahlada, his mother Lilavati and the king of Kasi.

To cool the angry Narasimha appeared a pond, aptly called Narasimha Tirtham. There is a shrine for Sri Prasanna Venkatachalapaty with his Consorts Padm…