As per the Legends, An ancient king Pariyatra had a son by name Hrusva Sringi who born with deformities. Hrusva Sringi to get out of this bodily deformities went on a pilgrimage and finally reached Mangalagiri Hill and started staying here. He performed strict penance for the Lord Narasimha for three years. Knowing this, His father Pariyatra was unhappy and thought of bringing him back home. Pariyatra reached Mangalagiri and try to dissuade his son's penance. Hrusva Sringi who was not convinced with his father's words assumed the shape of an elephant and became the mountain Mangalagiri so that his body might serve the Lord as a holy abode.
Later Lord Narasimha an incarnation of Lord Vishnu killed the demon Namuchi with his disc and self-manifested here.
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