The Historic Temple at Simhachalam, built in the 11th Century, where the Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami's temple is located, resembles the rich cultural heritage Visakhapatnam holds. Located on the hill top, at a height of 244 meters, popularly called the Hill of the Lion Lord, is the temple of Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Sri Narasimha Swami varu. This great temple built in the 11th century by the King Sri Krishna Deva raya, is one of its kind in the country. Millions of devotees from around the world visit this temple every year especially during the Chandanotsavam Festival Season. On the Chandanotsavam day, swami varu is covered with a new fresh layer of Sandal-wood.
History says that Prahlada - a devotee of Lord Vishnu was being tortured by his father. Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Lord Nrusimha kills Prahlada's father and saves the child. Dharmapuri Seshachari wrote the Narasimha Satakam - a collection of poems on the Swami. .