sahyAmalaka kShetra or Thirunelli as it is popularly known, is located in the Western Ghats of Kerala in the valley of Brahmagiri. Lord nR^isiMha is stationed in this kShetra with the special epithet of devadeva, the Lord of the Lords. The glory of the Lord and this kShetra are described in pAdma, nR^isiMha and other purANas.
sahye tvAmalaka grAme sthito.ahaM kamalodbhava |
devadevasya nAmnA tu tvayA brahman sadArchitaH ||
According to the kShetra mAhatmya described in these purANas, brahmA, while flying over his favorite hill named brahmagiri in the form of a swan, noticed a gigantic Amalaka vR^ikSha (Emblic Myrobalan) filled with juicy fruits. Within the tree, brahmA noticed an idol of the Lord sporting sha~Nkha, chakra, gadA and padma, radiating the tejas of nR^ihari. brahmA established the idol below the tree, constructed a shrine and worshipped the Lord with twelve and seven upachAras.
One who worships nr^isiMha in this kShetra after fasting on ekAdashI attains the grace of rudreshvareshvara:
upavAso munishreShTha ekAdasyAM vidhIyate |
narasiMhaM samabhyarchya sarvapApaiH pramuchyate ||
There are several celebrated tIrthas in this kShetra and bathing in them grants various fruits.
chakratIrthe naraH snAtvA sarvapApaiH pramuchyate |
bahuvarShasahasrANi brahmaloke mahIyate ||
By taking bath in the chakra tIrtha, one is freed from all sins and attains brahma loka.
sha~NkhatIrthe naraH snAtvA vAjapeyaphalaM labhet |
pauShe mAse tu puShyArke tadyAtrAdivasaM mune ||
By taking bath in shankha tIrtha, one attains the virtue of vAjapeya sacrifice.
brahmA created this tIrtha by filling a kuNDa with the water of devaga~NgA from his kamaNDalu.
tattIrthe manujastatra mantrasiddhimavApnuyAt |
By taking a bath in this tIrtha, one attains mantra siddhi.
trirAtropoShito bhUtvA yastatra snAti mAnavaH |
sarvapApavinirmukto brahmaloke mahIyate ||
One who fasts for three nights and takes a bath in this tIrtha, such a bhAgavata is freed from all sins.
R^iNamochanatIrthaM hi tIrthAnAM guhyamuttamam |
trirAtramupoShito yastu tatra snAnaM samAcharet |
R^iNaistribhirasau brahman muchyate nAtra saMshayaH ||
One who fasts for three nights and takes a bath in this tIrtha is freed from the three debts. The three debts are associated with deva, pitR^i and R^iShi or AchArya. Also, one who fasts for five nights and performs pinda pradAna here, pleases his pitR^is who attain sugati. One who places the water of this tIrtha on his head attains the puNya of sarvakratu.
dhanuHpAte mahAtIrthe bhaktyA yaH snAnamAcharet |
AyuryugaphalaM prApya svargaloke mahIyate ||
By taking bath in the dhanuSh tIrtha, one is blessed with long life and svarga thereafter.
vArAhatIrthe viprendra sadyaH yaH snAnamAcharet |
ahorAtropoShito bhUtvA viShNuloke mahIyate ||
One who fasts for a day and a night and takes bath in this tIrtha, attains viShNu loka.
One who takes bath in the milky white waters of this tIrtha, attains the grace of lord shrImannArAyaNa.
The sentiment of a true bhAgavata as related to shAstra, devatA, tIrtha and dharma is reflected by the following verse:
sarvatIrthamayI ga~NgA sarvadevamayo hariH |
sarvashAstramayI gItA sarvadharmo dayA paraH ||