is the Pavana Narasimha, where worship in the Shakta form of the worship of the Lord, is
said to be done.
Thus all the Nava Narasimha,
namely 1. Prahlada - varada Narasimha, or Lakshmi Narasimha, 2. Chatravata Narasimha, 3.
Karanda Narasimha, 4. Yogananda Narasimha, 5. Guha Narasimha, 6. Kroda Narasimha, 7.
Malola Narasimha, 8. Jwala Narasimha and 9. Pavana Narasimha is worshipped here.
The lord in upper Ahobalam is said to be a Swayambu i.e.,
self-manifest. There are two popular legends for the, derivation of the word Ahobalam.
It is stated that the Devas, while witnessing the Ugrakala
of the Lord and the terrific aspect he took on in order to tear topieces
Hiranyakasipu,sang in his praise andhence the place has come to be known as Ahobalam.