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On the banks of river Shimsha a small town Maddur is situated in Karnataka state. It is also known to be called as Arjunapuri and Kadamba Punya Kshetra.

Three famous temples are present in this town

  • Sri Ugra Narasimha Temple
  • Sri Varadaraja Temple
  • Maduramma Temple

Sri Ugra Narasimha Temple

On this planet one of the ferocious forms of Lord Narasimha worshiped is the Ugra Narasimha Deity. Lord Narasimha deity has 8 hands and 3 eyes. Hiranyakashipu is been teared apart by Lord Narasimha's two hands who lies on his legs. The weapons of the Lord are been held by the other 4 hands - Sudarshana (chakra / disc), Panchajanya (shankha / conch-shell), Pasha & Ankusha. Deity of Prahlada is on the right side and Deity of Garuda is on the left who is standing humbly and praying to Lord Narasimha. While killing the demon Hiranyakashipu the lord's third eye got manifested.

There are small alters within the Temple where the following deities are been worshiped along with Lord Narasimha - Sri Srinivasa, Yashoda & Krishna, Lord Narasimha consorts, Srimati Sowmya Nayaki & Srimati Narasimha Nayaki, Sri Sita Rama Lakshmana and Hanuman. One can see Hanuman, who is standing on the left side of Lord Rama in Sri Sita-Rama alters. There are only few temples present where you can see Hanuman stands on the left side of the Lord.

Sri Varadaraja Temple

On the left side of Sri Ugra Narasimha temple Sri Varadaraja Temple is been situated. Hoysala King Sri Vishnu Vardhana's mother had lost her eye-sight. King Vishnu Vardhana was a follower of the sage Sri Ramanujacharya's. This great sage suggested the king to visit Sri Varadaraja Temple in Kanchipuram because by the darshan of the lord, the king mother sight would be curred. Since her mother was aged and it was difficult for her to travel till kanchi. So Kanchi's sculptors were called to his place and told them to carve an exact replica of the Lord. Later they installed and started praising this Lord. Vishnu Vardhana's mother got her sight back when she looked at the Sri Varadaraja diety. Later the lord was named to be called as Kanchi Kannvaradaraja Swamy. ‘Kann’ which means eyes, ‘vara’ means benediction in Kannada.