Beside there beautiful structures, art work, Indian temples are also well known for the mysteries surrounding them. Till date no scientist has been able to decode these mysteries.
Today I am going to pen down the mystery related to the magnificent Lord Narasimha Swamy temple situated on the top of Mangalagiri hill on the Vijayawada-Guntur road, Andhra Pradesh.This temple is also known as Panakala Narsimha Swamy temple because here Lord Narsimah is regularly offered “ Panak” or “ Pankam”. Panak is beverage made of jaggery, water and black pepper.
It is said that God here is self existent. In this temple there is no statue of God but only mouth is there that is widely opened to 15 cms. To fulfill the vows devotees offer Panak to Lord and Lord accepts it gladly. The peculiarity of the above offering is that Lord receives it whole-heartedly and drinks to his satisfaction by a strange gurgling sound while pouring the beverage in his mouth. It appears as if the idol is actually drinking it and the sound becomes shriller and shriller as and when the Lord is drinking.When the Lord shows that he is fully satisfied half of the water is thrown back from the mouth of the idol and is distributed as Prasadam.
This phenomenon happens not once in a day but is a recurring feature during the course of the day as and when devotees offer panakam (jaggery water). Another strange fact one could experience here is that despite the fact that so much jaggery and jaggery water touches the floor, there is not a single ant that is seen near the hill. Though jaggery brought for making “Panakam” is found in abundance in Garbhagriha one could notice that there is no passage for this huge quantity of beverage to let it out. Nobody knows where and how the Panakam goes leaving the entire area always dry and hot.
A legend is also associated with feeding of Panakam to Lord.While the intake of Panakam by the Lord is looked up as a divine phenomenon by some people, some atheists believe that there is a scientific reason behind the intake of jaggery water. It is said that centuries ago this hill was a volcano. It is believed that the sugar or jaggery water neutralizes the sulphur compounds found in the volcanoes and prevents volcanic eruptions. Is there a volcano still under the mountain? Is the water of jaggery really preventing the volcano eruption?
The Mangalagiri hill is one of those eight holy places where Lord Vishnu manifested himself. The original name of the Mangalagiri hill was Thotadri, but it was named Manglagiri after Goddess Lakshmi had done penance on this mountain. This entire hill looks like an elephant when viewed from any direction.
According to the Puranas, the son of Pariyatra, Hrasva Srungi had performed penance here for three years in order to regain normal bodily stature All the Devathas (Gods) advised him to stay at Mangalagiri and continue to do penance in praise of Lord Vishnu. But the father of Hrasva Srungi came with his retinue to take back his son to his kingdom. It is said at that time Hrasva Srungi took the shape of an elephant to become the abode of Lord Vishnu who is locally known as Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy
Hinduism often has such unsolved mysteries that are difficult to decode. Modern science also doesn’t have any answer to it so term them as natural phenomenon.