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Mangalagiri Temple - Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple

Mangalagiri is located 13 km southeast of Vijayawada in Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. The holy and auspicious hill is a famous Vaishnava center. Mangalagiri Temple is dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu and is popularly known as Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple. Mangalagiri hill is also known as Thotadri.

There are three Narasimha Temples in Mangalagiri

Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill.
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the hill.
Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill

The most popular shrine is Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple. Panakala means jaggery water.

There is no murti of the deity in the temple. There is only a wide mouth which is about 15 cm long. The mouth is covered by metal face.

The main offering in the temple is jaggery water. Devotees pour jaggery water into the mouth. One can hear gargling sound as the Lord is drinking the offering. Irrespective of the quantity offered, half of the panakam that is offered comes out of the mouth and this is taken home as Prasad.

Mangalagiri  is also one of the eight important temples or Mahakshethram dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu on earth.