Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and Saktipeeth in Srisailam both Jyotirlinga as well as Shaktipeeth. This is the second Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on the Srisailam mountain on the banks of the Krishna River in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Devotees also consider it as the Kailash of South India. This temple is a Jyotirlinga as well as a Shaktipeeth where the neck part of the Sati’s dropped. It is the temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Mallika to Goddess Parvati and Arjuna is said to Lord Shiva. A common belief is that this sacred area has existed since time immemorial. Thirty to forty thousand years old stone and goods related to the temple have been found.
Description of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and Saktipeeth in Srisailam
There is also a description in Puranas and epic literature of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and Saktipeeth Srisailam.
The Skanda Purana describes that in Tretayug, Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita came to this area with their Brahmins and anointed Sahastra Linga (one thousand Lingas).
According to epic literature in the Dwapara Yuga, the Pandavas spent some time in this region during their exile and worshiped the gods.
There is a pond in the walking path of Srisailam called Bheemuni Kolanu. Lord Dattatreya did penance in this place. And there is also a tree in the temple complex “Dattatreya Vriksham”.
History Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and Saktipeeth in Srisailam
Story Once Vishwaroop Prajapati reached out to Lord Shiva with the proposal of marriage of his daughters. There was a fight between Ganesha and Karthik, the sons of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who would get married first. Lord Shiva said that the person who comes to revolve around this earth will be married first. After this, Lord Karthik went out to revolve on his ride peacock. Ganesh Ji started thinking about how would I win on my vehicle, Musak? Then he made Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati sitting on a high place. And started seven revolutions of them saying that my world is you. Both Lord Shiva and Parvati got pleasure with this cleverness of Ganesha. Therefore Both decided marriage of Ganesha to Vishwaroop Prajapati’s daughter with Riddhi and Siddhi.
When Karthik came back and saw. That they got married due to Ganesh’s cleverness. He got angry and left the Himalayas and went to Mount Kronch. Lord Shiva and Parvati used to come here to find them. Then when he met Karthik. They thought that they would have come to this place many times and our son also got the same. so why not we should stay here? In this way, both Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva stayed here.
another story related to Temple
Here is a legend and popular about Shivalinga. Chandravati, the daughter of Chandragupta’s ruler, resented her father and started living in the hills across the Krishna river. She saw milk flowing from the udder of a cow on the rock. That cow used to come to that place every day and flew milk from her udder on the rock. When Chandravati reached there and saw that where the milk of the cow used to fall every day. It was a very beautiful shining rock. Then Lord Shiva came in the dream of the princess and informed that the rock is a natural Shivling. After this, Princess Chandravati started offering garland of jasmine flowers on the Shivling regularly.
The temple opens at 3:30 in the morning. But the timing for general Darshana from 6:30 am to 1 pm, and from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Note: Monday and Sunday general Darshana begins at 5:30 am.
How to reach
Monday and Sunday general darshan begins at 5:30 am.
The nearest airport is Hyderabad which is about 230km from the temple.
Nearest railway station Markapur which is about 90km from Srisailam.
You can also reach by bus and taxi from the road. It is a hilly and jungle area. Afternoon it is difficult to get resources.
Tourist Place in Srisailam
Pathala Ganga, Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Akkamahadevi Gufai Sikhreswar Temple, Srisailam Dam. Bhramramba Devi Temple, Hemareddy Mallamma Temple, Sakshi Ganapathi Temple, Octopus View Point, etc.