About the Temple
The main diety at the Chintalavadi temple is Sri Yoganarasimha Swamy. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple there is also a vigraha of Sri Gopalakrishna Devaru. Within the temple on the left of Sri Yoganarasimha Swamy there is Prana Devaru.
It is told that Sri Yoganarasimha Swamy appeared in dream of a pious brahmin by name Aryaachar from Srimushnam. The Lord mentioned to the brahmin that a washerman was actually washing clothes on his back and told him about the exact location. He also asked him to locate the stone on which the washer man was washing and then carry it in a particular direction till the stone gains weight. At the point were he can no longer carry the stone, he asked him to keep it down.
As per the instructions of the Lord, Aryaachar went looking for the washer man and found him. When the stone on which the washer man was wahsing the clothes was turned they found Lord Yoganarsimha carved on the bottom side of the stone. Aryaachar then carried the stone in the direction as instructed by Lord and when he came to the banks of kaveri he had to put it down. This place is chintalavadi. Subsequently the place was experience lot of difficulties like drought, forest fire, etc. At this time Vysarayaru was camping at Sriramgam and on hearing the news about Chintalavadi, he apparently travelled there and located the Yoga Narasimha vigraha and started doing Abhishekam and pooja. After that the place prospered. Vysarayaru also installed GopalaKrishna Devaru and Prana Devaru.