Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple : Penchalakona

Penchalakona is a village located in the Rapur Mandal of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, India, 70 km west of Nellore.


The Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is situated at the foot of a hill in the Penchalakona Valley. There is an image of the Lord, represented as a self-manifested one (Swayambhu). Two stones are entwined to form a lion’s head upon a man's body. The "Sthalapurana", or ancient story, of the temple, indicates that it was famed for the swami “Thapovan of Kanvamaharshi” who performed penance there.
Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

There is an annual festival at the temple, which is a major event in Penchalakona, celebrated during Vaisakha, the period of time in the Hindu solar calendar that begins in mid-April in Bengal, Nepal, and Punjab. It starts on the day of Suddha Dwadasi and lasts until Bahula Padyami, a total of five days. Devotees congregate for Narasimhaswamy Jayanthi to celebrate the occasion.

Penchalakona Waterfalls :
Penchalakona Waterfalls

Penchalakona Falls is one of the major attractions in the village. As per the legend, Sage Kanva used to live near the banks of Kandaleru Dam through which the falls are formed.