srisailam temple
srisailam temple

Srisailam temple is situated on the highest hill in the forest area of Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. It is an ancient shrine and Lord Siva here is called Mallikarjuna. As per the legend, Parameswara filled his Amtha power in the Linga form and got himself established at 12 places in India which are called Dwadasa Jyotir Lingas. The linga at Srisailam temple is a Swayambhoo Linga and one of the 12 Dwadasa jyotirlingas. Everybody can touch and worship this Linga. The deity Bhramaramba of this shrine is one of the twelve Sakthi Peethas.

If we have a darshan of the peak at ‘Srisailam temple’ it is stated that there is no rebirth. Sri Sankaracharya establishes Srichakra here and wrote his famous works, Soundarya Lahari and Bhramaramba Astakam. Emperor Sivaji got his powerful sword here. which is instrumental in defeating Muslims. It is believed that from the horns of Nandi if we see the peak of “Srisailam temple” there is no rebirth and reach Siva Sannidhi or get Mukthi. The peak of Srisailam temple is called navel of the earth. That is why where ever we are doing pujas we teel Sankalpa as – (name of the place) ‘situated from Srisailam temple‘.

srisailam bhramaramba mallikarjuna swamy
srisailam bhramaramba mallikarjuna swamy

In Kruthayuga, This shine was the place of worship of Hirnaya Kasipa. The Sahasra Linga established by Sri Rama and Sita in Tretayuga is being worshiped even know. Similarly, the Siva Lingas (Srisailam temple) established by Pandavas and Drowpati in Dwapara Yuga is also being worshiped. Lord Siva (Srisailam temple) established himself in Kaliyuga to satisfy the desires of human beings. Thus the shine has the history of four Yugas. Many kings and Dynasties like Ishkyaku, Pallava, Vishnu Kundi, Chalukya Kakatiya, Reddy Kings, Vijayanagara Kings, and Emporer Sivaji and many other kings have done a lot of service to this Srisailam temple.

Legendary personalities like Sri Rama, have offered prayers at this Shine. To God Srisailam temple Shine some kings established a wall around. big entrances of four sides and magnificent domes are established here.

Srisailam Temple History

Krutayuga a sage called Silada, Desiring progeny made a penance. Lord Siva (Srisailam temple) is satisfied which his penance and gave him two sons Parvata and Nandiswara. Thinking that the Worship of Lord Siva (Srisailam temple) is most pious, they worshiped the Lord and made a great penance. Lord Siva is satisfied and gave darshan and asked them what they want as a boon. Nandiswara desire that he should always meditate on the Lord. Parvatha with a view to desire more than what his brother wanted asked the Lord to convert him to a hill and the Lord should stay there permanently so that he may have the touch of the feet of the Lord. Being satisfied Lord Siva made Nandiswara as his Vahana (vehicle) Parvatha is made a hill and the Lord stayed permanently on it. This hill has become famous has Parvata, Srigiri, and Srisailam (Srisailam temple). On Srigiri Mallikarjuna along with Bhamarambika is being worshiped.

srisailam temple gopuram
Srisailam temple gopuram

Mallikarjuna Swamy In Srisailam Temple

Lord Siva (Srisailam temple) who appeared in the beginning on the hill of Srisailam is being called Parvatha Linga. There is Chandra Gupta Puram on the banks of river Krishna near Srisailam temple and a king rolled the place he had a beautiful daughter called Chandravati. One day the king having drunk lost his senses and tried to rape his daughter. Chandravati became angry and rebuked her father and left the palace. She started grazing cows in the nearby places of Srisailam temple. The King got his conscience and became repentant and jumped into a river Krishna and died. One of the cows grazed by Chandravathi stopped giving milk. After some days, Chandravati secretly went behind the cow and found that it is giving milk through the hole of a snake hill. She was very much established and found a Siva Linga inside the snake hill.

One night, Lord Siva appeared in the dream of Chandravati and told her that he himself got established in Linga from there. It is said that Chandravati got a temple built there. Every day she worshiped the Lord with jasmine flowers. Having satisfied with her devotion and dedication, the Lord Siva (Srisailam temple) appeared before here and asked what boon she wanted. She was very happy and addressed the Lord that since he is worshiped with jasmine flowers by her, he should be called Mallikarjuna Linga instated of Parvata Linga. On one of the walls, this narration is inscribed.

Srisailam temple photos
Srisailam temple photos

Srisailam Temple

Srisailam temple: In the olden times, the daughter of a sage has done a grate Penance on this peak, for Bhrama. When Bhrama appeared she prayed that she should remain as ‘Sri’. Bhrama agreed to her desire. The maiden meditated on Siva and having his darshan merged in the Maha Sivalinga. Since she has merged on this peak sages, like Narada praised the peak as Srisaila and it became famous as Srisailam Temple.

Chenchu Mallaya In Srisailam Temple

There is folklore about this place. Having been impressed by the beauty of the forest, Lord Siva came in the form of a hunter. Unfortunately a maiden from Chenchu Tribe of this place. Singing a song which is merged with the music of her anklets, saw the lord as a hunter. Both fell in love with each other and she told about this to her parents. Knowing that he is not a common hunter and he is none another than Lord Siva, her parents happily performed their marriage. From that time onwards, the Lord is known as Chenchu Mallaya.

Since he asked to stay there permanently, he became a Linga there. That is why Chanchus have some special privileges in this shrine. Once a terrible giant with the power a boon became a tiger and fell on Chenchu Mallaya and tried to kill him. Immediately with his Trisula, Lord Siva killed the tiger. All this story is beautifully carved in an art form on the Srisailam temple walls. Parvati is also carved here in the dress of a tribal woman along with a Lord with four hunting dogs. On Maha Sivaratri festival the chariot is drawn by the Chenchus only.

Srisailam
Srisailam
Srisailam Temple Shakthi Peetha of Bhramaramba Devi

Srisailam Temple: This is one of the twelve Sakthi Peethas. Bhramaramba Devi is a beautiful maiden. Being very much impressed by the magnificent form of Lord Siva. She wanted to marry him. Lord Siva showing a moving bee, told her that if she follows bee till it rests, he will marry her. She ran after the bee for several years and at last, the bee took rest here on the peak. Then Lord Siva appeared to her as an old man and told her that since several years have passed by, he became old and not fit for marriage.

Science she worships the beauty of Paramatma, not the physical form, she had agreed to marry him. Further, since she followed the bee (Bhramara), she got the name, Bhramaramba Devi. Even today we here the ‘Zumkara’ or humming sound of the bee (Bhramaramba Devi) behind the temple of Bhramaramba.

Srisailam Temple Bhramaramba Devi

Srisailam temple: According to another Legend, a giant who got a boon that he could not bee killed by Devas are humans are by Rakshasas, behaved cruelly with any limit. That giant was killed by Devi in the form of Bhramaramba Devi. Even in Kannada folklore a daughter a king followed the bee moment and married Lord Siva. Exactly behind the temple of Mallikarguna Swamy, is built the shrine of Bhramaramba Devi so that her eyesight falls on the Siva Linga. This Srilam temple stands a testimony to the wonderful sculptural art with beautiful engravings on the pillars.

SrisailamTemple Bhramarambha Devi
SrisailamTemple Bhramarambha Devi

If we place our year on the wall behind the sanctum sanatorium, we here the humming sound of the bee (Bhramara Naadam) it is stated that Adi Shankara has done Chakra Prathistta to this Srisailam temple. During the month of Chitra, a great festival ‘Amba Tirumal’ is performed. Further on Sankranthi day, Parvathi Kalyanam, and Maha Sivaratri day Bhramaramba Devi Kalyanam are performed. On Ugadi day and in the month of Chaitra, Chandiyaga and Kumbostava are performed magnificently.

On Sivaratri day, from the peak of the Srisailam temple, a cloth of 360 meters is put on which is visible on all the four sides. This is called weaving of ‘Mangala Paaga’. This cloth is weaved 1-meter per day and completed in 360 days. Mangala Paaga will be completed by the time of Lingodbhava. The man who weaves the this Mangala Paaga will do so nakedly and also without being seen by anybody. Afterwards, this Mangala Paaga is cut into pieces and offered as Prasadam. This Srisailam temple had three big domes. The northern, southern and eastern entrances are called Sivaji gopuram, Harihara Gopuram, Sri Krishna Devaraya Gopuram. It is a custom to enter the Srisailam temple through Krishna Devaraya Gopuram. The Big Nandi installed opposite the Lord Siva is called ‘Senagala Basavvana’. Eight Bhairavas are established on Eight sides. There are 500 Siva Lingas around Srisailam temple.

Istakameswari temple near Srisailam temple

Situated at a separation of 20 km from Srisailam, Ista Kameswari Temple stands wonderfully in the midst of the rich greenery of backwoods and invigorating air. This antiquated sanctuary is gone by as well as by engineering students and history fans. It is situated inside a buckle, which additionally adds to its captivating appeal.

Committed to Goddess Ishtakameshwari, which is a name for Goddess Parvati, this sanctuary goes back to eighth to the tenth century. Nonetheless, the correct time of its development isn’t clear. It is trusted that a darshan of Devi at this sanctuary can satisfy aficionados’ desires. The most striking component of this sanctuary is the symbol of Goddess Ista Kameshwari Devi. The brow of the Goddess is as delicate as a human skin disregarding the way that symbol is comprised of stone.

Istakameswari Devi
Istakameswari Devi

Once at the sanctuary, after the darshan and pooja, the sanctuary cleric, for the most part, requests that enthusiasts apply vermilion on the Goddess brow.

Another part of this sanctuary that pulls in each guest is the grand excellence around. Arranged in the thick timberlands with untouched nature, this sanctuary promises a noteworthy affair. Look for favors of the Goddess; loll in the tranquility of encompassing and the immaculateness of nature.

Achieving Ishtakameshwari Temple isn’t a simple undertaking. To achieve this sanctuary, vacationers are required to fly out for around 11 to 12 km on SH8, going towards Dornala. After that one needs to move in a shaky way of around 8 km to achieve the sanctuary.

Srisailam Temple Manohara Gundam

This is an important place to be seen and water in it is very clean. It is a wonder to see very crystal clear water at such a highest as Srisailam temple. If we through a coin in the pond of Mahanandi, It is Visible at the bottom. It is also stated that behind the Srisailam temple Pandavas have built 5 small temples which are called Pandava temples.

Srisailam Temple Vrudha Mallikarjuna Lingam

This Linga looks like a worn-out face. That is why it is called so. There is a mirror pavilion (Addala Mandapam) here in this Srisailam temple.

Sakshi Ganapathi Temple In Srisailam

This temple is 2 kilometers away from the main “Srisailam temple”. There is a specialty in this temple. As soon as we have the darshan of Lord Siva Srisailam, we get permission to enter Kailasa. For this, Shakshi Ganapati stands as a witness. He tells that we have come to ‘Srisailam’. The idol of Ganapathi carved in the position as if he is writing something. Devotees say that Ganapathi will prepare the list of devotees who visited Srisailam and submit it to Lord Siva in Kailasa. Science the old idol became worn-out, a new idol was placed by the Devasthanam.

Sakshi Ganapathi Temple In Srisailam
Sakshi Ganapathi Temple In Srisailam
Hatakeswaralayam near Srisailam Temple

This temple situated 4 kilometers away from Srisailam temple. Hatakeswara is seen clustered around by beautiful natural scenery. Hatakeswara tells that we must remove from us, Hata’.  The only we get Mukthi.

Bhima’s pond near Srisailam temple

If we go 2 kilometers on the right side of Hatakeswaralaya in the forest way, we reach the way to Kailas. If we get down 850 steps from Kailasa Dwara, We find the pond of Bhima. On the way to the pond of Bhima at the start of steps way, there are ups and downs which the devotees think as an entrance to Srisailam temple. So it is called Kailasa Dwara. Near the pond, there is a Linga in the temple which is called Bhima Linga. This pond of Bhima is a beautiful place with highest hills and dense forest with beautiful caves and with sounds of water falling. The footway to “Srisailam” touching the pond of Bhima is the ancient one.

Paladhara-Panchadhara near Srisailam Temple

Paladhara-Panchadhara is 3 kilometers away from the temple of Srisailam temple and also on the left side cave-way. It is in the middle of Sikhareswara and Sakshi Ganapathi temples and near to Hatakewara temple. To reach this place we have to get down 146 steps. Here on a stone are footprints Sankara there are 5 waterfalls flowing side by side and also another waterfall. This waterfall that comes from the chest of Siva is called Paladhara. The waterfalls that come from 5 faces of Siva (Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Aghora, Tatpurusha, Eesana faces) are called Panchadharas.

 

phaladhara-panchadhara
phaladhara-panchadhara

This ever-emerging water will flow only six feet and dryer. According to Skanda Purana there waters flow for some distance and fall into underground Ganga. From the slits of the peak, these 5 waterfalls flow, and water from each fall having a deferent taste. Near to this is the place where Adisankara made penance. Jagad Guru Sankaracharya is very much impressed by the peace and tranquility of this place and wrote Sivananda Lahari and Soundarya Lahari.

Sikhareswaralayam near Srisailam Temple

From the Srisailam temple of Mallikarguna and at a Distance of 8 k.m. on the Srisailam-Dornala road, the temple of Sikhareswara is situated. Among the peaks of Srisailam, it is the highest. If we have the darsana of the peak, it is believed that there is no rebirth. Sikhara darsana means seeing the peak of the temple from this highest hill. If we can see the peak of the temple, we will not have a rebirth. It is the peak climbed by Srirama in Tretayuga for Siva Darshan. From those days the tradition of seeing the peak of Srisailam temple from Sikhareswaralaya is being continued.

Veerasanka of Srikhareswara temple became famous as Sikhareswara in course of time. According to the Inscription of 1398 A.D. lying in front of the temple the custom of visiting this peak. Sikhareswaralayam had sanctum sanitorium, internal halls, and pavilions. On the upper side of the main temple, there is one mortar with stone-roller and Nandi on it. There are 42 steps to the temple which the devotees climbed. They pour Gingelly seed into the Mortar and move the stone roller with the horns of the bull on it and see the peak of the Srisaila temple. On the left side of the temple of Sr Veera Sankara, there is the statue of Veerabhadra Swamy, with four hands which belong 14 century A.D.

Veebhudhi Kundam near Srisailam Temple

Nearly at distance of 100 meters from the temple of Veera Sankara, there is a water pool which is called Veebhudhi Kundam. It is believed that after bathing in the water pool. One, one may have the darshan of the Lord who blesses them with wealth.

Pathala Ganga (Underground Ganga) near Srisailam Temple

Uttara Vahini of river Krishna is at distance of 3 k.m. from Srisailam temple this is called Pathala Ganga. After getting down 900 steps, if we have a holy both in underground Ganga, it will give a lot of Punyam (blessing for good deeds). This underground Ganga (Pathala Ganga) is a place where oblations are given to parental gods who get celestial bliss.

Srisailam Patala Ganga
Srisailam Patala Ganga
Ratnagarbha Ganapati near Srisailam Temple

On the right side the Srisailam temple there is the idol of Ganapathi which is called Ratnagarbha Ganapati. This idol had a big belly as if it could accommodate all the ornaments of the Lord. When the Muslims had attacked the temple, to protected ornaments, it is believed that the belly is carved as if to accommodate all the ornaments.  The idol is carved as if it is a part of the wall.

Sthanu Mallaya near Srisailam Temple

In the surroundings of the Srisailam temple, there is a small pavilion in which an idol of Siva Linga is there. It looks like a wooden trunk. This is called Sthanu Mallaya. Some people say that it is original Siva Linga found in the snake-hill.

Sahasra Lingeswar near Srisailam Temple

On the left side of Sthanu Mallaya Linga, in another pavilion, there is highest Siva Linga which looks as if it is made of 1000 small Lingas. Hence it is called Sahasra Lingeswara.

Veerabhadra Swamy Temple near Srisailam Temple

In Srisailam there are four Siva temples. On the left side, there is the shrine of Veerabhadra Swamy. It belongs to 13th, 14th centuries. The peak of the temples built in Naga architectural form. Here the Veerabhadra Swamy appears furious with 10 shoulders. The Swamy wears nucleus and dress. Veerabhadra Swamy wears Kapala Mala up to his knee. Dhaskha appears at downside on the left side of the statue. Out of 36 Veerabhadras (Shat Trishanka), 6 are in the Srisailam Premises. These statues belong to 12th century A.D. They are

  1. Bayalu Veerabhadra Swamy
  2. Sudarsana Veerabhadra Swamy
  3. Aarama Veerabhadra Swamy
  4. Jatha Veerabhadra Swamy
  5. Veerabhadra Swamy in the shrine of Naguluti
  6. Veerabhadra Swamy in the palanka shrine

Shrine of Bayalu Veerabhadra Swamy nearly of 0.5 k.m. from the main temple, there is the shrine of Bayalu Veerabhadra Swamy who is the Kshetrapalaka (guardian) of the Srisailam temple. the Swamy’s shrine has no top. Without caring heat and rain this Swamy guards the shrine of Srisailam. Hence he is callee Bayalu or Kavali Veerabhadra Swamy.

Shrine of Sudarsana Veerabhadra Swamy near Srisailam Temple

On the north-eastern side of the shrine of the Mallikarguna, this Swamy is sculptured along with Bhadrakali in black stone. During Daksha Yagna Veerabhadra Swamy performs the terrible dance of Pralaya Thandava and the devas are fear-stricken. Then Lord Vishnu Harls his Sudarshan Chakra which is Swallowed by Veerabhadra Swamy. That is why this Swamy is called Sudarshana Veerabhadra Swamy. Wearing different kinds of weapons, this Swamy appears with 30 hands.

Shrine of Aarama Veerabhadra Swamy near Srisailam Temple

On the front side of the main temple of Srisailam temple, there is the shrine of Aarama Veerabhadra Swamy near Kalyana Katta. While describing the pilgrimage of Agastya, in Kasi Khanda, Srinadha mentions him as receiving worship bar offerings of devotees of as Garden Veerabhadra Swamy (Udyana Veerabhadra Swamy). That Udyana Veerabhada is now called Aarama Veerabhadra Swamy. In addition, there is another idol of Veerabhadra Swamy in the temple premises.

 Aarama Veerabhadra Swamy near Srisailam Temple
Aarama Veerabhadra Swamy near Srisailam Temple
Shrine of Jata Veerabhadra Swamy near Srisailam Temple

At a short distance from the main temple, there is the shrine of Jata Veerabhadra Swamy who became famous as the giver of desire boons and also has to have magnificent powers.

Srisailam temple timings
Sevas and DarshanamTimings fromTimings to
Mangalavadyams
4.30 AM
5.00 AM 
Suprabhatam5.00 AM5.15 AM 
Pratahkalapuja, Gopuja and Maha Mangala Harathi
5.15 AM6.30 AM
Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas by the devotees
6.30 AM 1.00 PM
Alankara Darshanam.
1.00 PM 3.30 PM
Mangalavadyams
4.30 PM4.50 PM
 Pradoshakalapuja
4.50 PM 5.20 PM
Susandhyam and Maha Mangala Harathi
5.20 PM 6.00 PM
Rajopachara puja (Parakulu) to Bhramaramba Devi
5.50 PM 6.20 PM
Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas
6.20 PM  9.00 PM
Dharma Darshanam
9.00 PM10.00 PM
Ekantha Seva
9.30 PM 10.00 PM 
Closure of the temple.
10.00 PM
Srisailam temple address

Srisaila Devasthanam,
Srisailam,
Andhra Pradesh 518101

Phone: 085242 88883

Number of temples: 2.
1)Srisailam Temple Mallikarjuna,
2)Srisailam Temple Shakthi Peetha of Bhramaramba Devi

Srisailam temple major festivals: Maha Shivaratri, Navratri