Srisailam Temple

About The Temple

About Srisailam kurnool district

Srisailam plays an integral role in the cultural, social and religious history of the country since time immemorial. As per inscriptions of Pulumavis Nasik, the hill and the temple date back to the first century. In the Kurnool district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, this temple is situated in the Nallamala hills on the banks of River Krishna. Mountainous ranges, Bilva and Kadali trees envelop the temple. The area echoes with chants of devotees. River Krishna is known as Patalganaga or underground spring. Before visiting the deities, devotees need to take a dip in the river first.

Presiding deities of this temple

What makes it a famous Hindu pilgrimage is the Sri Bharamaramba Mallikarjuna Temple, which is counted among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines that are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Temple of Goddess Bhramarambha, is also situated in this complex, which is among the eighteen Shakti peethas scattered across the country. A unique feature of this srisailam temple is the coexistence of Mahashakti and Jyotirlinga, which is one and rarest of its kind in the country. The holy mountain on which this temple is built is known as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirinagam and Sriparvatha.

An important place for pilgrimage

This temple is one of the most ancient places of worship in the history of the country. For centuries, this temple has been an important place of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Shiva. There are almost one hundred and sixteen inscriptions in the vicinity of this shrine. Presiding deities of this temple, Lord Mallikarjuna and consort Goddess Bharamaramba are a manifestation of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. An important aspect of this temple is that it is open to devotees of different caste and creed, unlike many other temples.

Gateways at different corners

Originally, only Chenchu tribes of Andhra Pradesh worshiped the deity Goddess Bharamaramba. The mention of this temple is in different literature, folklore and epigraphical sources. According to these sources, there are four gateways in each cardinal direction. Primary gateways are Tripuranthakam, Siddhavatan, Alampur and Umamaheshwaram and each of these have one or more presiding deities. Apart from the main ones, there are also secondary gateways in four different directions like Eleswaram, Somasila, Pushpagiri and Sangameswaram that also have a presiding deity.

Different shrines in this temple

Adi Sankaracharya, the spiritual leader, composed Sivananda Lahiri during his visit to this temple. You will also find the mention of this shrine in a chapter of Skanda Purana. Apart from the presiding deities, there are also images of Panchapandava, Sahasra Linga, Sikhareswara Swamy and Sri Ganapathi in this temple. The srisailam temple timings are from early morning to ten at night. Round the year, different celebrations are held in the arena of this temple. Mahasivaratri, Ugadi, Dasara are few celebrations and festivals in this temple.

How To Reach

You can reach Sri Bharamaramba Mallikarjuna Temple, with ease from Kurnool through road. From different parts of the country, you can reach Kurnool by road, air and rail. The kurnool to srisailam distance is almost fourteen kilometers.

  • By Road: You can reach Srisailam from Hyderabad in state-run buses. There are direct buses from Kurnool to Srisailam, or you can even opt for private cabs, and you will reach in almost four hours. For busses, you can book the tickets in advance from Central Stand at Hyderabad.
  • By Air: Closes airport to this temple is at Hyderabad, which is almost two hundred and thirty two kilometers away. International pilgrims can fly to Hyderabad and accomplish the remaining tour till the temple on the road.
  • By Rail: Nearest railway station of this temple is at Markapur that is almost one and half hour drive away. Different trains connect this station to different parts of the state and country. There are both passenger and express trains that you can board to and From Markapur.

Though, there are different modes of transportation, but it is best connected through road. It is easy for pilgrims for travelling from this temple to other shrines in the vicinity by busses and cabs.

 

Nearby Attractions

There are different places of interest that you cannot afford to miss out when visiting Srisailam. Religious sites, temple and lush green vegetation enrich the experience of travelers.

  • Ista Kameswari Temple: For visiting this temple, you need to travel almost sixteen kilometers deep into the forest. The trip to this temple is adventurous. It is advisable to hire a vehicle to reach this temple that is surrounded by valleys and waterfalls.
  • Akka Mahadevi Caves: This is a popular site for tourism. Akka Mahadevi, which is the other name the famous Veerashaivite philosopher, and poet practiced penance here and worshipped a lingam that is formed inside the cave.
  • Hemareddy Malamma Temple: This temple is another important religious site that you can visit when in this city. It is situated on the western side of Sri Bharamaramba Mallikarjuna Temple. Across the year, pilgrims visit the place. It also has an ashram in the temple complex. It is believed that Lord Mallikarjuna gave darshan to one of the devotees in this site.
  • Sakshi Ganapathi: It is situated almost two kilometers away from Srisailam. It is believed that Ganapathi records details of devotees who visit this place, and then those are reported to Lord Shiva.
  • PathaLganga: From the main shrine, it is almost one kilometer away. You need to take almost five hundred steps to reach the river from which it derived its name. Of late, the authorities have constructed a ropeway in this area.
  • Srisailam Dam: this dam is constructed on the River Krishna. It is known to have third largest in terms of capacity in the arena of hydroelectric projects.
  • Srisailam Sanctuary: A glimpse of srisailam temple photos will reveal the rich flora and fauna in the area. The sanctuary is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Camping ad trekking in the lush greenery will provide you a glance of rich vegetation and tigers.

History Of Temple

Sri Bharamaramba Mallikarjuna Temple is probably one of the oldest Hindu temples in India. As per epigraphical evidence, this temple dates back to the times of Sathavhanas, the first empire in the southern part of the country. According to Pulumavis Nasik, this temple is traced to the first century. The shrine has received the patronage of different dynasties that have ruled the region and it is evident through different aspects. The architecture of this temple resembles that of the Chalukya dynasty.

Legends about deities

There are different legends regarding the presiding deities and the holy place. Most significant one is that of Parvatha, who meditated here to appease Lord Shiva. When the God was happy with the penance, he agreed to stay there, so Parvatha took the shape of Shivparvatha hill, and Siva took the form of Mallikarjuna Swamy and stayed on its top. As per another legend Chandravathi, a princess ran away from and went up to the hill and stayed there with few of her servants. She found that her cows were shedding milk on a particular rock that resembles a shiva linga.

During British rule

Later in her dreams, she was informed that the idol was a manifestation of Lord Mallikarjuna. You will also find this in Skanda Purana. You will come across srisailam temple history even in the travelogues of Hieun Tsang and Fahiyan. Going by the history of this shrine, Adi Sankaracharya also visited this temple. During the British rule, the temple was forcibly taken over by the government to aid then in reigning over Madras Presidency.