Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Mangalagiri, AP -the mystery of god drinking panakam that is given as Prasad

Some temple f India have unexplained mystery.  For example the hanging pillar of Veerabhadra swamy temple (14th CE) near Anantapur of Andhra or the 80 ton rock dome atop the Brihadishwara temple (11th CE) of Thanjavur, Tamil nadu.  Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple of Mangalagiri is one such a mysterious place of worship 

Mangalagiri narasimha temples,

Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, one of the oldest Vaishnavite temples in this region  is in Mangalagiri of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh The temple is 19 km away from Guntur and 12 km away from Vijayawada at Mangalagiri on NH-5. patronized by rulers like krishnadevaraya, this temple on the hill is being visited by lots of devotees. The tall temple gopuram at the bottom of the temple was built by  Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu, a loca ruler  between 1807 to 1809. here the holy theertham is offered by the temple priest through  what is called golden Dakshinavarti Shankh-a unique conch with spiral shoeing right side volution (dextral; in Tamil Valampuri Sangu). In this temple it is said, Anjaneya acts as  Dwarapala - sentinel 

Mangalagiri narasimha idol with a gaping mouth 

Mangalagiri narasimha idol with a gaping mouth you tube com. 

Mangalagiri, AP. Panakala narasimha kovil. 

It has been a long held custom for the devotees to visit the temple with jaggery (a product of sugar cane juice and often date or palm sap without separation of the molasses and crystals),  as offering to the idol of narasimha who has a gaping mouth.

Above image: Mangalagiri, near Vijayawada, Guntur dist. AP: Panakala Narasimha Temple is on the hill so is Gandala Narasimha Temple atop of the hill. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple with a tall tower, gopura is at  the bottom......................

IIt is a riddle the temple priest pour the Panakam (jaggery mixed with water, etc) into the mouth.  A few seconds later burping sound is heard and i means the god has accepted your offering.  Half of the panakam is ejected out of the mouth. Priests offer the ejected theertham as holy prasada.  Tradition has been here devotees offer a large quantity of jaggery in the belief that their wish will be fulfilled by God Narasimha, It shows  how mush trust and confidence the devotees have in the power of god. People who have been to this temple are quite happy and are never disappointed.

yet another puzzle ids there are no ants o flies or any other insects  on the temple premises near the sanctum or in the sanctum itself where bags of jagger are stored.  What is surprising is though jaggery brought for making "Panakam" is found in abundance in Garbhagriha and other rooms there no signs of flies or ants.  Nobody knows where and how the Panakam does not attract insect's.

 One plausible explanation is  available, however geologist are o the opinion that the hill was once a volcanic terrain and idol of narasimha with a gaping mouth is set on a small volcanic pipe or vent with limited  space. So when the panakam is offered trough the moth half of it is absorbed by the walls othe vent and the rest is ejected out due to pressure build up inside the vent. As for the absence of insects, ants, etc it could be due due to the prevalence of unsuitable temperature  and very low amount of sensitive chemicals unsuitable to them, Any way the strange phenomena prevailing on the hill may be linked to what is inside the terrain!!