Thousands of devotees thronged Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimha Swami temple in Simhachalam Nagar in the early hours of Wednesday to have a glimpse of the `Lord Nrusimha Nijaroopa' followed by `Chandana Yatra' which is celebrated every year on Magha suddha Dasami.
Swami `Nijaroopa Darshanam' began at around 5.30 a.m. and will go on till night. Sahasra Ghat Abhishekam was performed followed by sacred `Chandana Samarpana'. Long queues were seen at the temple and the committee made elaborate arrangements for darshan. There was a special puja with 144 gold flowers (Simhachala Sampangi) followed by Swami Nijaroopa Darshanam, Aradhana and Aaragimpu (naivedyam of 12 varieties).
On Wednesday night the priests will start putting Chandanam on Swami's idol. “We have got the satisfaction of having Nijaroopa Darshan as we had in Simhachalam of Visakhapatnam last year. This is a rich experience," said H. Ravi sankar, senior scientist of CTRI and Swapna, couple from Danavaipeta in Rajahmundry. Devotees from different parts of the district like Amalapuram, Kakinada, Ramachandrapuram and Nidadavolu and Kovvuru of West Godavari district witnessed Nijaroopa Darshan of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swami.
Temple chief priest Sriman Mahendra Srinivasacharyulu said that the five-day festival began on Monday with `Thiru Veedhi' Utsavam-Garuda Seva under the leadership of Sriman Godavarti Radha Krishnamacharyulu and S.P. Rangaraja Bhattar Swami. Vishwaksena puja, punyahavachanam, ankurarpanam and other rituals were conducted on the first day. Navakalasasnapanam, homams, Thirukalyana Mahotsavam and other pujas were also conducted in grand way.
Trustees K. Surya Simhachalam and K. Nageswara Rao said that they had made elaborate arrangements as well as distributed prasadam to devotees in a systematic way.