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SRISAILAM
The ancient and sacred temple of Srisailam is of great historical and religious significance. The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, On a 457 meter high hill is the Bhramaramba Mallikharjunaswamy temple, one of the 12 Jyothirlingas in the country. One of the state's three famous Linga Kshetrams (Draksharamam and Nagarjunamo are the other two), it is also known as "Sri Mallikharjunam" and "Sri Parvatham".
The sculptural beauty of the temple is exemplary and there are about 116 inscriptions in and around it. People of any caste or creed can worship in this temple and touch the deity. Historically, this temple has been associated with the Chalukyan kings, Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara and Chatrapati Shivaji along with Adi Shankaracharya and the Buddhist pilgrims, Fahiyan and Hieun T`sang who have made references to it in their extensive travelogues.
Both the Hindus and the Buddhists consider this place sacred. According to the popular legend, Vrishabha, the sacred bull mount of Lord Shiva performed penance here until Lord Shiva and Parvati appeared before him as Mallikarjuna and Bharamaramba. The other shrines that are enclosed within the Sreesailam temple premises are Sahasra Linga, Panchapandava Temples and Vata Vriksha. There is a common belief in vogue that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial.
The presiding Deities of this kshetram Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested.
The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind. The antiquity and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not known.
There is a common belief in vogue that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial. The Mallikarjuna Linga is accessible to each and every devotee and anybody can go into the sanctum sanctorum of Mallikarjuna, touch him and perform Abhishekam and Archana himself to recitation of Mantras by Archakas without caste or creed or religion. This clearly reveals that socialistic pattern of society started from this place and it is still in existence. Srisailam played a dominant role in our religious, cultural and social history 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 Pulumavi’s Nasik inscription of 1st Century A.D.
The Sathavahanas, the Ikshavakus, the Pallavas, the Vishnukundis, the Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas, the Reedy Kings, the Vijayanagara Emperors and Chatrapathi Shivaji are among the famous emperors who worshipped God Mallikarjuna Swamy
Prataparudra of Kakatiya Dynasty strived a lot for the improvements of this Kshetram and granted Paraganas for its maintenance. Ganapathideva has spent 12000 Golden Nanyas for the maintenance of the temple.
The period of Reddi 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 Reddi of Reddy Dynasty constructed stepped path-way to Srisailam and Pathalaganga (Here the river Krishna is called as Pathalaganga) and Anavema Reddi constructed Veera Siromandapam in which the Veerasaiva devotees cut off their hands, tongue, limbs with devotion to attain the realisation of the God.
This practice is known as Veeracharam. The Second Harihararaya 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. The last Hindu King who strove hard for the improvement of the temple is Chatrapathi Shivaji who constructed a Gopuram on northern side in the year 1667 A.D.
The important annual festivals celebrated in the temple are MAHASIVARATRI BRAHMOTHSAVAMS, UGADI CELEBRATIONS, DASARA CELEBRATIONS, KUMBHOTHSAVAMS, SANKRANTHI UTHSAVAMS, ARUDROTHSAVAM, KARTHEEKA MASOTHSAVAMS, SRAVANANAMOSOTHSVAMS and MONTHLY FESTIVALS are celebrated in the temple premises.
To reach the temple
By Air:
The nearest Airport is Hyderabad (230 K.M.) from where buses are plying to Srisailam everyday frequently.
By Rail : Markapur, which is 91 K.M. from Srisailam in Guntur-Hubli, line on South Central Railway from where buses are available to Srisailam.
By Road: Srisailam is well connected by A.P.S.R.T.C.Buses not only from all corners of the State but also from Bangalore, Chennai etc. The Karnataka Road Transport Corporation is also running buses from various main cities of that state.
For accommodation the Devasthanam is having 25 individual cottages, Pathaleswra Sadan with 23 Deluxe Suites, Sivasadanam guest house with 100 rooms, T.T.D Guest House with 10 rooms,Chandeswara Sadanam with 22 rooms and a dormitory Choultry consisting of 7 Halls. Devasthanam has also constructed a modern complex with 112 suites named as Gangasadan and Gowrisadan. At present this complex is leased out to Tourism Department. Besides this there are 40 private choultries consisting of about 1200 rooms and they are also providing accommodation to the pilgrim. The Department of Tourism is maintaining Punnami Guest Houses consisting above 50 suites.
Address for contact………
Executive Officer Srisaila Devasthanam
Srisailam – 518101,
Phone: 08524 - 288883,288885,288886,288887,288888.
E-mail: eo@srisailamtemple.com
www.srisailamtemple.com
 
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