The Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) is organising religious prayers and performing a celestial wedding of a deity which has come from the state of Telengana in India to Sydney.
A similar event was organised by the HCA in 2018 as part of Deepavali celebrations and marking the 20th year of the Hindu Council. Now, the HCA is celebrating its 25th year and they are kicking off the celebrations with a Celestial Wedding.
Yadagirigutta Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy utsava deities have arrived in Sydney, Australia along with the temple priests for the very first time.
The Yadagirigutta Temple, from where the deities have arrived, is situated on a hillock in Telangana’s Nalgonda district . It witnesses a heavy rush of devotees (estimated 5000-8000 pilgrims on an average each day) offering their vows, performing pujas, kalyanam, abhishekam etc. while the crowd grows substantially during weekends, holidays and festivals.
There are several legends associated with this temple. It is believed that in Treta Yuga, there was a sage called Yadarishi, who performed penance inside a cave with Anjaneya’s blessings. Pleased with his devotion Lord Narasimha reportedly appeared before him in five different forms namely Sri Jwala Narasimha , Sri Gandabherunda, Sri Yogananda, Sri Ugra and Sri Lakshminarasimha which later manifested into finely sculpted forms and hence it is worshipped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram.
The temple also has a ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ on its gopuram which can be seen from a distance.
Australian Telangana Forum along with collaboration and support with HCA and organisations like JET Sydney chapter and many others based in Sydney is organising “Kalyana Mahotsavam” i.e. Celestial Wedding of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.
For those who want to take part in these divine celebrations and get blessed by Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, the event is happening on Saturday, 11th February 2023 at the Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Avenue Liverpool, NSW 2170.