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PARUVETA UTSAVAM -AHOBILAM has not posted anything yet


Start date
01-16-24 - 12:00


End date
02-29-24 - 12:00

SLNS Devasthanam
Sri Badri Narayanan

Temples are the nerve centres for Indian Culture. Since time immemorial, Fairs and Festivals celebrated in temples have great influence on the spiritual and cultural life of Indian society. One such festival is Paruveta utsavam celebrated in Ahobilam ,Nandyal district Andhra Pradesh. Ahobilam Paruveta utsavam is unique of its kind as such festival is not celebrated in any other part of our Bharath. It is a grand festival that lasts for about 40 to 45 days as a part of which the main deities of Ahobilam –Shri Prahladavarada Swamy and Jwala Narasimha swamy are taken in procession to about 32 villages. The paruveta utsavam starts on the Makarasankranthi.Shri Jwala Narasim ha swamy is taken down to Lower Ahobilam from Upper Ahobilam on the day of Makarasankranthi.On the next day i.e., the Kanuma day-both the deities start their Paruveta. Legend is that Paruveta utsavam was started by Sri Aan Satagopa Yatheendra Mahadesikan,the founder of Sri Ahobila math around 630 years ago as per the ine commond.The lines-grame grame cha gathva pada charanayo maam gruhithwa-supports the legend.There is a belief among the devotees particularly,Chenchus,the local tribe that Lord Narasimha swamy is going to each and every village to invite devotees for his marriage with Chenchu Lakshmi. It starts On the day of Kanuma The deities are seated in a separate manatapa.Special offerings are made to the lord. GUDIKATTU and AYAKATTU , special honours to certain people are given as per the age old tradition. Then the deities are seated in a Pallaki(Palanquin) and the procession starts. At the entrance of temple, Chenchus shoot arrows at the pallaki indicating that the Pallaki is under the protection of Chenchus. The procession proceeds towards Bachepalli.

• Ahobilam Paruveta utsavam is unique as it is celebrated for about 40 days.No other temple celebrates a festival for such long duration.• Ahobilam Paruveta utsavam is celebrated by all sections of people irrespective of their caste.For instance Vadla Kammara community makes the Palanquin, Chenchus collect honey, Linen and sacred mango leaves from forests, Devotees from Mala Community recites Vachanas. • It is a festival of communal hormony as devotees from other religious community like muslims also offer prayers to the lord. • The Ayakattu honours are similar to the Ayagar system of administration of Kakatiya period which was continued during Vijayanagara Rayas. • Business worth of some lakhs of rupees takes place during this festival which is the chief source of income for the poor. • Chenchus are emotionally connected with this festival. • Veedhinatakams,Harikatha and Burra katha are performed in every village narrating the story of the marriage of Chenchu Lakshmi with Ahobila Narasimha.

How to reach

The nearest airport is Cuddapah, which is 70 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is GIDDALUR, which is 36 KMs away.
The nearest major city is GIDDALUR, which is 36KMs away.