Srisailam Mallikārjuna Jyotirling (Telugu: శ్రీ సైలం మల్లికార్జున జ్యోతిర్ లింగం , Hindi:श्रीसैल मल्लिकर्जुन स्वामी ज्योथिर्लिन्ग) is one of the sacred shrines of Lord Shiva and Bhramarambika devi. The shrine resides within thick forests of Nallamala hills in Srisailam, Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.
The unique feature of this kshetra is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind.
Srisailam Mallikarjuna swamy Temple - Abstract
1. Mallikarjuna Swamy : Jyothirlinga
2. Bhramarambika Devi : Shaktipeet
Abode to one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams
- Kartheeka Masothsavam
Timings may vary. Click here to check with Temple authorities directly. Last updated 17th Dec 2012.
|4.30 AM||5.00 AM||Temple opens with Mangalavadyams.|
|5.00 AM||5.15 AM||Suprabhatam.|
|5.15 AM||6.30 AM||Pratahkalapuja, Gopuja and Maha Mangala Harathi.|
|6.30 AM||1.00 PM||Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas by the devotees.|
|1.00 PM||3.30 PM||Alankara Darshanam.|
|4.30 PM||4.50 PM||Mangalavadyams.|
|4.50 PM||5.20 PM||Pradoshakalapuja.|
|5.20 PM||6.00 PM||Susandhyam and Maha Mangala Harathi.|
|5.50 PM||6.20 PM||Rajopachara puja (Parakulu) to Bhramaramba Devi.|
|6.20 PM||9.00 PM||Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas.|
|9.00 PM||10.00 PM||Dharma Darshanam.|
|9.30 PM||10.00 PM||Ekantha Seva.|
|10.00 PM||Closure of the temple.|
Srisailam continues to have dominant influence on Hindu religion and culture from ancient times. The epigraphical evidence reveals that the history of Srisailam begins with the Sathavahanas who were the first empire builders in South India. The earliest known historical mention of the Hill – Srisailam, can be traced in Pulumavis Nasik inscription of 1st Century A.D.
- The Sathavahanas, Ikshavakus, Pallavas, Vishnukundis, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Reddy Kings, Vijayanagara Emperors and Chatrapathi Shivaji are among the famous emperors and kings who worshipped God Mallikarjuna Swamy.
- Hiranyakashipa, Narada, Pandavas, Lord Srirama are some of the great mythological personalities who have visited this holy shrine.
- Adishankaracharya, Renukacharya, Akka MahAdevi, Hemareddy mallamma are some of the great devotees who worshipped Lord mallikArjuna here. Its here in Srisailam, Adi Shankara composed Shivanandalahari, a devotional hymn in priase of Shiva.
- Prataparudra of Kakatiya Dynasty strived a lot for the improvements of this Kshetram and granted Paraganas for its maintenance. Its said that Ganapathideva has spent 12000 Golden Nanyas for the maintenance of the temple.
- The period of Reddy Kings is the Golden Age of Srisailam that almost all rulers of the dynasty did celebrated service for this temple. In 14th Century Prolaya Vema Reddy of Reddy Dynasty constructed stepped path-way to Srisailam and Pathalaganga (Here the river Krishna is called as Pathalaganga). Anavema Reddy constructed Veera Siromandapam in which the Veerasaiva devotees cut off their hands, tongue, limbs with devotion to attain the realization of the God through pain and sufferrings. This practice was known as Veeracharam.
- Ahelyadevi Holkar, a great devotee of Siva built a strong bathing wharf consisting of 852 steps on the banks of the Patalganga.
- Harihararaya the 2nd, of Vijayanagara Empire constructed the Mukhamantapam of Swamy shrine and also a Gopuram on Southern Side of the temple.
- In the 15th Century Sri Krishnadevaraya constructed the Rajagopuram on Eastern side and Salumantapas on both sides of the temple.
- In 1677, Maratha King Chatrapathi Shivaji constructed a Gopuram on northern side of the temple. It served as one of the main entrances to Sri Bhraramba Mallikharjuna Swamy temple. On Oct 4th 2012, the upper portion of Goporum collapses due decay and heavy rains Source..The Hindu
Srisailam temples are undertaken by Andhra Pradesh Endowments Department.
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Srisailam 518101, Andhra Pradesh
Phone: 08524 – 288883,288885,288886,288887,288888.
Srisailam (Kurnool District)
Andhra Pradesh, India.
By Road: Approximately 200 km from Hyderabad.
By Rail: Nearest railway stations to Srilailam
- Markapur (62 km)
- Vinukonda (120 km)
- Kurnool (190 km)
There is no Air transportation
A number of legends have grown round Srisailam and its principal deities. Among them the most significant one is that Parvatha, son of Silada Maharshi is said to have performed penance, pleased Siva and made him agree to live on his body. This Parvatha assumed the shape of big Hill Sriparvatha and Siva lived on its top as Mallikarjuna Swamy.
According to one story Chandravathi,the ruler of Chandraguptha Patana situated near Srisailam on the opposite bank of the river Krishna ran away from her father who made amorous advances to her went up the hill and settled down there with few servants. One day she found that one of her cows standing above a natural rock formation resembling the Sivalinga and shedding its milk over it. The princess in dream was informed that the piece of the stone was a self-manifested Linga of God Mallikarjuna and took to worshipping it. This story is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Two sculptures of the Prakara Wall of the temple also represent this story.
According to another story Sri,the daughter of a Rishi did penance, pleased Siva and got her name associated with the name of the Hill( Sailam ) which thereafter came to be known as Srisailam.
Shaila Mallikarjuna’s holy place is located on the banks of River Krishna. Here River Krishna is in the form of Patalaganga (underground spring). Every year, Lakhs of devotees take a holy dip here and then go for the Darshan of the JyotirLinga.
Significance of Srisalam Mallikarjunaswamy
- Srisailam Mallikarjunaswamy Temple is one of 12 Jyothirlinagas
- The Goddess Bhramarambika Devi, one of the 18 Saktipeetah’s resides here
- The Matsya – Puranas described it as a seat of the mother Goddess Madhavi.
- The Agni-puruna states that Srisaila is Siddhakshetra where the god Shiva and Parvathi always reside.
- Adishankaracharya refers Srisaila among the 12 jyotirilinga places in his jyotirilinga stotra. Two verses in his Sivanandalahari praise the Mahalinga of Mallikarjuna of Srigiri. The goddess of eight verses on the Goddess Bhramaramba is also attributed to him. Above all, Shankaracharya resided at Srisaila for some time, when his disciple Padmapadacharya had an encounter with the Kapalikas.
- The Kathasaritsagara narrates a story about a Kasmirian performing penance at Srisaila, seeking boons from the God Siva.
- Vasubandhu in his Vasavadatta described Sriparvata as the abode of Mallikarjuna.
- Srisaila is stated in the Mahabharata as one of the holy places.
- The Skanda-Purana contains a separate section called Srisaila Khanda.
- The Vayu – purana prescribes the performance of Sraddha ceremony to the manes at Srisaila.
- Bhavabhuti in his Malatimadhva alludesto a Siddha of Srisaila named Aghoraghanta, obviously a Kapalika Saiva, who is stated to have captured the heroine Malati.
- Harshavardhana of Kanouj (A.D. 604-640) alludes in his Ratnavali to a Siddha named Srikanthadasa of Sriparvata who is said to have taught udayana, the hero of the play, the art of jalandharavidya.
- Sambandhar, appar and sundharar have sung one padhikam (3) each on the Lord of Srisailam.
Other key temples within Srisailam Mallikarjuna temple premise.
- Vriddha mallikarjuna swamy
- Triphala Vriksha
- Addala mandapam
- Kurma peetham
- Raja-rajeswara swamy
- Sanagala Basavanna
- Veera siro mandapam
- Manohara kundam
- Sapta matrukalu
- Panditaradhya peetham
- Chandi yaga shala
- Kumara swamy
- Akka maha devi and Hema reddy mallamma
- Uma maheswara swamy
- Veera bhadra swamy
- Ardha Naareeswari
- Sarswati kundam
Other key temples and sites around Srisailam Mallikarjuna temple premise.
The deity residing here is called Vitalesvara Swamy.
In the honor of the great Maratha kind “Shivaji Memorial’ is constructed with the magnificent sculpture of Chatrapathi Shivaji sitting on his throne with all the glory.
As per the legends and tradition literature sources, Srisailam has 4 Primary (inner) and 4 Secondary (outer) gateways in the four cardinal directions, outlined as follows:
NORTH: Umamaheswaram is located in Rangapur, Achampeta Mandal, Mahaboobnagar District in the North where God Umamaheswara Swamy and Goddess Umamaheswari Devi are the presiding deities.
SOUTH: Siddhavatam is located on the bank of the river Penna in Kadapa District in the south where Jyothisideswara Swamy and Goddess Kamakshi Devi are the presiding deities.
EAST: Tripuranthakam is in Prakasam District in the east where God Tripuranthakeswara Swamy and Goddess Tripurasundari Devi are presiding deities.
WEST: Alampur is on the bank of the river Tungabhadra in Mahaboobnagar District in the west where Navabrahma Alayas, a group of nine temples of the Chalukya period, are. This Kshetram is also the seat of Goddess Jogulamba, one of the eighteen Mahasakthis.
SOUTH-EAST: Somasila: Located on the bank of the river Penna in the southeast with Skanda Someswara as the presiding deity.
SOUTH-WEST: Pushpagiri: Located in Kadapa District in the southwest with Santhana Malleswara as presiding deity.
NORTH-WEST: Sangameswaram: Located at the confluence of the River Krishna and Tungabhadra in Kurnool District in the northwest and submerged at Srisailam Dam with Sangameswara as presiding deity. This temple has been re-built at Alampur..