Situated at Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is one of the famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is also one of the 18 Maha Sakti Peetha. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy is regarded as one of the most ancient temples in India.
According to the legends, once Silada Maharshi's son Parvatha performed penance. Pleased with Parvatha's devotion, Lord Shiva appeared before him. Parvatha asked Lord Shiva to live on his body and Shiva blessed Parvatha. Parvatha took the shape of big Hill Sriparvatha and Shiva lived on its top as Mallikarjuna Swamy. According to another legend, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati visited this place to pacify Lord Kartikeya, after Kartikeya left to li...View more
e a solitary life. On seeing his parents, Lord Kartikeya tried to move to another place. However, on the request of the Devas, he stayed close by. The place where Lord Shiva and Parvati stayed came to be known as Shrishailam. This Temple is one of the Maha Shakipeethas and is a part of famous Shaktipeethas, 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.
The architecture of Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is in the traditional Dravidian style. The 300m long outer temple wall is 6m high and is richly decorated with carved figures depicting stories from the epics. Built in in 1520 AD, the wall has 3200 stones, each weighing over one ton. A beautiful gate facing East welcome the visitor inside to the road leading up to the temple ground. The silver plated entrance of the temple grounds leads t...View more
the centre Mandapam, with several pillars and a huge idol of Nadikeswarar (Nandi bull).Bhramaramba Devi : Maha ShaktipeethNear the Mallikarjuna sanctum, at a higher level, is the temple for Bhramaramba devi. She is in the form of Mahalakshmi. It is considered as one of the eighteen Maha Shathipeethas and the neck of Sati devi is believed to have fallen here. Bhramaramba means the Mother of bees. Arunaasura, a demon had received a boon that he will not be killed by two-legged or four legged creatures. Devi took the form of Bhramarambika and created innumerable bees with six legs to annihilate the demon. She is believed to bless the devotees with a happy and prosperous life. Picture Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
The nearest airport to Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is Hyderabad with regular flights. Srisailam does not have a train station but nearest station is Markapur. One can easily take regular buses for Srisailam from nearby major cities, APSRTC runs all types of Buses to Srisailam.
Srisailam is an ancient town known for its cultural and religious importance. Srisailam is mentioned in various Puranas and epics. The town is known for many architectural marvels, in which Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is most famous. The culture of the town is very rich and very much influenced by its religious values. People in Srisailam still follow many ancient traditions.
Language Spoken:Telugu and Hindi
At Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Abhishekam can be performed by devotes to the Lord.
Milk, Honey, Bel leaves and fruits.
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