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Akiripalli near Vijayawada is home to a hill temple
bearing a cave shrine to Vyagra Narasimha and a temple
to Malleswara Shiva. The hill is also known as Sobhanachalam.
The hill temple also has shrines to Rajyalakshmi, and
to all of the Alwar saints of Tamilnadu. The Nammalwar
Adhyayanotsavam is celebrated in this temple once a
Legend has it that a king by name Subhavrata meditated
upon Vishnu and Shiva and was blessed with a vision
of Narasimha and Shiva on this hill. The hill is known
as Sobhanadri after the king Subhavrata.
The Varaha theertham or tank is located to the west
of the hill. Legend has it that Vishnu in his Varaha
avatara dug out this tank, and hence the name Varaha
pushkarini. The word kiri refers to Varaha, and hence
the name of the place - Akiripalli.
This Akiritemple celebrates festivals such as the adhyayanotsavam,
Ratha Saptami with a chariot procession, the full moon
night in the month of Kartika and so on.