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Sri Sailam Mallikarjuna

Mallikarjuna is the name of Shiva in the town of Sri Sailam near the town of Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India. The temple is rich in carvings and architectural wealth. Adi Shankara is supposed to have composed his great poem called “Shivananda Lahari” at this temple. The legend concerning this temple is connected with Karthikeya, the son of Shiva. He had left Kailasa and gone to stay on a hill in south India. Parvati was bereft at the departure of her son and begged Shiva to take her there. Kartikeya refused to let them live on his own hill so Shiva and Parvati took up their residence on the hill at Sri Saila from which spot they could pay periodic visits to their beloved son. An interesting thing here is the sound of buzzing which seems to come from within the granite wall at the back of the temple. Bees are supposed to have made their home here but they have never harmed any of the devotees.

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The Srisailam Temple!!!
Temple In Lights
MalliKarjuna Swamy!!!
The Bharambara Devi!!!

Shaila Mallikarjuna’s holy place is located on the banks of River Krishna. Here River Krishna is in the form of Patalaganga (underground spring). Lakhs of devotees take a holy dip here and then go for the Darshan of the JyotirLinga.

The Legend of Mallikarjuna Temple

When Kumar Kartikeya returned to Kailash after completing his trip around the earth, he heard about Ganesha’s marriage from Narada. This angered him. In spite of being restrained by his parents, he touched their feet in obeisance and left for Krounch Mountain. Parvati was very distraught at having to be away from her son, implored Lord Shiva to look for their son. Together, they went to Kumara. But, Kumara went away a further three Yojanas, after learning about his parents coming after him to Krouncha Mountain. Before embarking on a further search for their son on each mountain, they decided to leave a light on every mountain they visited.

From that day, that place came to be known as JyotirLinga Mallikarjuna. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati visit this palce on Amavasya (No moon day) and (full Moon day) Pournami, respectively. Visiting this JyotirLinag not only blesses one with innumerable wealth, but also name and fame and fulfils all the desires.

Once, a princess named Chandravati decided to go to the Jungles to do penance and meditation. She chose Kadali Vana for this purpose. One day, she witnessed a miracle. A Kapila cow was standing under a Bilwa tree and milk was flowing from all of its four udders, sinking into the ground. The cow kept doing this as a routine chore everyday. Chandravati dug up that area and was dumb founded at what she saw.

There was a self-raising Swyambhu SivaLinga. It was bright and shining like the sun rays, and looked like it was burning, throwing flames in all directions. Chandravati prayed to Siva in this JyotirLinga. She built a huge Shiva Temple there. Lord Shankara was very pleased with her. Chandravati went to Kailash wind borne. She received salvation and Mukti. On one of the stone-inscriptions of the temple, Chandravati’s story can be seen carved out.


The Temple:

The temple is 232 km from Hyderabad. A.P. Tourism package tour, APSRTC buses at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., or private taxis can be hired.Best to go between July and February.A.P. Tourist Saila Vihar rest house and Devasthanam Guest Houses, cottages and choultries.

        Till 1957 the place was not easily accessible to the pilgrims as it involved a walk of 64 kms through dense forests and hilly terrains. Now there is a 60 km long motarable road to the top of the 1563-foot high plateau, from Dornal on the Kurnool-Guntur road. It is a pleasant drive on a road lined with green and flowering trees.

Passing through the small town of Dindi one reaches Mannanur from where the Rajiv Gandhi reserve forest starts and so does the climb on to the Nallamalais. After about 10 km drive on the elevated plane one can see the majestic white gopuram of the Srisailam temple. The 512 meter long Srisailam dam across the river and the hydroelectric project is surrounded by natural beauty. One requires special permission to go on to the main dam. Buses and trucks are allowed to go on a road bridge that runs parallel to the dam.

History of Srisailam Temple

During the Karnataka Movement, Chatrapati Shivaji used to come to take a Darshan of the JyotirLinga during the Maharatri. He built a tower on the right side of the Temple and also opened a free-meal center.

The kings of the VijayaNagar Dynasty too built a Temple, Tower, Portico and a pond. Ahelyadevi Holkar, a great devotee of Siva built a strong bathing wharf consisting of 852 steps on the banks of the Patalganga.


       Kaasyanatu Maranaanmuktihi Smarana Darunachale||
Darsana Deva Sri Saile Punarjanma Na Vidyate||
Sri Saila Sikharam Drushtwa Punarjanma Na Vidyate||
By facing death in Kasi, reciting Bhagavannama in Arunachalam and just visiting Sri Saila Ksetra, men are attaining salvation or Mukti.
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girish chandra goel
08 Feb 2014, 15:19
We 4 adult wish to make darshan in july 2014.between 5 to 15 july.please let me inform about package tours available for darshan at mallikarjun.also intimate mode of booking and payment. Thanks.
G C Goel.
05 Jan 2014, 17:25
In 2013 Again I was blessed to Go to Srisailam twice One in June and again In the 3rd Week of December.I have stayed there for 3 Nights both the times.By the blessing of Mallikarjuna Swamy varu I had done about 4 -5 abhisekams and kumkuma pooja.I have seen lot of changes is temple from what I Have seen in June-2013 and what I saw in Dec-2013.As mentioned any details about Srisailam you may contact me @ 98403 55790 & I will be too happy and blessed to guide you as much as I can. Subbarayan.
25 Nov 2013, 21:21
this photos is very fine
rama krishna
15 Aug 2013, 15:41
very good collection and presentation for comman hindu
eshwara a n
03 Aug 2013, 22:25
super temple
25 Jan 2013, 19:19
srisilam is a nice place sri bramaramba malikarjuna swamy are more powerful
they will fulfill our wishes
not only thes thing srisilam is also an holiday spot
we can enjoy here so many places are ther near by we can enjoy a lot
srisilam is an visitable place
all hindhu's should once visit this place
andaru oka sare ayna chudalsina chotidi


Ganesh Pandurang Pethe (vita)
28 Mar 2012, 12:33
srisailam is the most important things in me and our family.
24 Jul 2011, 18:32
Lord Mallikarjuna swamy has made me his slave by making me to come to Srisailam,when ever he wishes.By his grace i have done many abiskems to him, even sitting for 25 minutes in the Garbalayam.I wish to go to Srisailam as often as i could by Lord Mallikarjuna swamy's grace.I often spend a minimum of 2 to 3 Nigts in Srisailam.I do not sleep properly the day before i leave for Srisailam & whenever i leave Srisailam to go to Chennai i always leave with heavy heart.Who ever want to know about any thing in SrisailamTemple can contact me @ 98403 55790.
11 Jun 2011, 13:07
temple is very nice and i am also working hear kanchimatt
since 6 months really wonderfull area is srisailm i love this place
SujathaSrishylam .Yadhav
18 Aug 2010, 20:17
Greet Temple. Every one should take blessing from Sri Srishyla bramarambaMallikarjuna Swamy! once should visit .it'll give greet luck.
05 Nov 2009, 19:12
every year i used to visit srisailam along with my family in the month of december since 1998.
Lord Shiva & Mother Bramarambha gave me all which cannot be described.

15 Oct 2009, 19:08
ya its a great place yesterday I got darshanam that I had touched the idol of Lord shiva that is lingam with my hands and public was very less. I was so happy this is first time after 8years again I touched the lord. This will be very rare because when i go there public will be there lot and rush. I gone there on 14-10-2009.
12 Jul 2009, 15:25
Nice Information.. Do keep Updating!!!
03 Mar 2009, 12:31
Very great experience in mallikarjuna temple. This place is very nice . I visited this temple 20-2-2009 with my family. Very great devote place in A.P.
09 Feb 2009, 20:21
very very nice place in kurnool Dist. of Andhra Pradesh ..Temple is nice ..I saw the temple in last year ..ok
30 Nov 2008, 13:44
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