A distant view of Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple tower
A distant view of Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple tower

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is located in Srisailam, state of Andhra Pradesh India, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is one of the twelve Jyotrilinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 12 Jyotrilinga Temples are:

  1. Somnath Temple
  2. Mallikarjun Temple
  3. Mahakaleshwara Temple
  4. Omkareshwar Temple
  5. Kedarnath Temple
  6. Vaidyanath Temple
  7. Bhimashankar Temple
  8. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  9. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
  10. Rameshwaram Temple
  11. Nageshwar Temple
  12. Grishneshwar Temple

The mythology says that Lord Brahma (the god of creation) and Lord Vishnu (the god of Harmony) had a tough argument on who holds the superiority in creation. To test Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva penetrated the three worlds as an endless pillars of light, called Jyotrilinga. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu was assigned separate directions, one to the upward direction and the other towards the downward direction to find the end of the light in either directions.

Lord Vishnu admitted His Vanquishment whereas Lord Brahma lied that he found the end of the light. Hence, Lord Shiva appeared to be the second pillar of light and proclaimed that Lord Vishnu would be worshipped by all till the end of the eternity and cursed Lord Brahma that He will not be worshipped in any etiquette.

A tower inside the Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
A tower inside the Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Specialty

Each Jyotrilinga temples takes different manifestation of Lord Shiva and the idol of Lingam is considered as a presiding deity in every Jyotrilinga temples. Lingam represents the beginning less and endless, which symbolizes the infinite nature of Shiva. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple houses the main deity Lingam and the temple faces towards the east direction.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple locates the eminent huge idol of Lord Nadikeshwara. Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Pitha. The Shakti Pitha is a place of worship to goddess Shakti, the main deity. It is said that the four major Shakti Pithas are created from the limbs of Goddess Sati‘s corpse. The body part or ornament that fell to the earth, is the place where the Adi Shakti temples are built. And it is believed that Goddess Sati Devi’s Upper lip has fallen at this place.

A view inside the Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
A view inside the Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Pooja Timings

  • Mangalavaidyams – 4.30 AM
  • Pratahkalapuja, Gopuja and Maha Mangala Harathi – 5.15 AM
  • Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas – 6.30 AM
  • Alankara Darshanam – 1.00 PM
  • Mangalavaidyams – 4.30 PM
  • Pradoshakalapuja – 4.50 PM
  • Susandhyam and Maha Mangala Harathi – 5.20 PM
  • Rajopachara puja – 5.50 PM
  • Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas – 6.20 PM
  • Naivedya samayam – 7.00 PM
  • Dharma Darshanam – 9.00PM
Night view of Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Tower
Night view of Srisailam Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Tower

Festivals

  • Mahashivratri – February
  • Ganesh Festival or Ganesh Chaturthi – August or September
  • Diwali – October or November
  • Dussehrra – October or November
  • Pongal – January
  • Ekantha Seva – 9.30 PM
By Road

Srisailam is most easily accessible by road. Buses connect Srisailam with Hyderabad, Kurnool, Guntur and other towns of Andhra Pradesh.


By Train

The nearest railway station to reach Srisailam is the Markapur Railway Station which is a one-and-a-half hour drive away. Markapur station is well connected to all major cities of Andhra Pradesh and other cities of India.


By Air

The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad which is well connected to all major cities on the country like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode etc.

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