Srisailam Temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Devi Bhramaramba (form of Parvathi). Srisailam is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of God Shiva. Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple is a holy place, located in Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India, on the banks of river Krishna, about 212 km from Hyderabad.
Srisailam is presumed to be one of the most antique places in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh.
This celebrated mountain is also named as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam. It is a popular centre of Sivate pilgrimage from centuries.
Srisailam is at height of 457 meters above sea level, the ancient temple built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and extensive courtyards is one of the finest significance of Vijayanagar architecture.
The presiding deity of this temple is God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi which is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis, these both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this place is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is one and only of its kind.
The antique and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not well known.
Every devotee can enter in Garbhgruha and touch Shiva Linga and can perform Abhisheka , Archana himself by recitation of Mantras by Archakas irrespective of caste, creed or religion
This evidently reveals the socialistic pattern of society happening here this place and it is still into existence.
Early inscriptions tells how rulers of different dynasties like the Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Kakatiyas and Vijayanagar rulers were enthusiastic devotees of God Mallikarjuna and enriched the shrine with donations for construction. In later years, Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is well-known to have constructed a Gopuram of the temple.
Slightly away from these temple is the sanctum of Goddess Bhramarambika, the consort of Mallikarjuna swamy. Legend is Goddess Bhramarambika worshiped God Shiva here in form of Bee.
Adi Shankara worshiped in this temple and sung Shivananda Lahari in Honor of God Mallikarjuna and Bhramarambika Ashtakam for Goddess.
There are small temples for Nataraja and Sahasra Linga. The Sahasra Linga has an interesting aspect. The core Linga is divided into 25 facets, each of them again representing 40 Lingas, making a total of 1,000 Lingas. A three-hooded cobra is carved as tangled round the Linga. One more Linga of Mallikarjuna under a Vata vriksha (tree) is considered to be the original Linga.
The Krishna River also named as “Patala Ganga” and flows from side to side to feet of three mountains namely “Brahmagiri, Vishnugiri and Rudragiri”.
The narration and origin of this Srisailam temple incorporated in all 18 Puranas, Ramayana Mahabharatha, and also in many languages such as Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, and Kannada etc.
Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple Timings and Darshan Schedule
|Pooja Timings – From||To||Seva / Darshan perticulars|
|4.30 am||5.00 am||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 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.|
|Name of the Darshanams||Time||Amt / Fare||Entry for|
|Suprabhatha Darshanam||5.00 am||300||One person|
|Mahamangala Harathi||5.50 am||200||One person|
|Athiseegra Darshanam||6.30 AM to 1.00 PM & 6.30 PM to 9.00 PM||100||One person|
|Special Darshanam (Except Saturday,Sunday,Monday & Important Days only)||6.30 AM to 1.00 PM & 6.30 PM to 9.00 PM||50||One person|
|V.I.P Darshanam (Saturday,Sunday,Monday & Important Days only)||6.30 AM to 1.00 PM & 6.30 PM to 9.00 PM||500||One person|
|Free Darshanam in General Queue||6.00 AM to 3.30 PM & 6.00 PM to 10.00 PM|
|Mahamangala Harathi (Evening)||5.00 pm||200||One person|