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Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-07-04 Category: Jyothirlinga Temple Views: 5753
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The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras 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 has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries.


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 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.


When Kumar Kartikeya returned to Kailash after completing his trip around the earth, he heard about Ganesha’s marriage from Narada. This angered him. In spite of being restrained by his parents, he touched their feet in obeisance and left for Krounch Mountain. Parvati was very distraught at having to be away from her son, implored Lord Shiva to look for their son. Together, they went to Kumara. But, Kumara went away a further three Yojanas, after learning about his parents coming after him to Krouncha Mountain. Before embarking on a further search for their son on each mountain, they decided to leave a light on every mountain they visited. From that day, that place came to be known as JyotirLinga Mallikarjuna. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati visit this place on Amavasya (No moon day) and (full Moon day) Pournami, respectively. Visiting this JyotirLinag not only blesses one with innumerable wealth, but also name and fame and fulfils all the desires.


Once, a princess named Chandravati decided to go to the Jungles to do penance and meditation. She chose Kadali Vana for this purpose. One day, she witnessed a miracle. A Kapila cow was standing under a Bilwa tree and milk was flowing from all of its four udders, sinking into the ground. The cow kept doing this as a routine chore every day. Chandravati dug up that area and was dumb founded at what she saw. There was a self-raising Swyambhu SivaLinga. It was bright and shining like the sun rays, and looked like it was burning, throwing flames in all directions. Chandravati prayed to Siva in this JyotirLinga. She built a huge Shiva Temple there. Lord Shankara was very pleased with her. Chandravati went to Kailash wind borne. She received salvation and Mukti. On one of the stone-inscriptions of the temple, Chandravati’s story can be seen carved out.

Events & Festivals:

Mahasivaratri Brahmothsavams

The Mahasivarathri Utsavams are being celebrated as Brahmothsavams in the month of Magham (the 11th month of Indian Lunar Calendar) which falls usually in the month of February/March.  This is a festival of eleven days with Navahaknika  Deeksha.  The Mahasivarathri day (29th day of Magham) is the most important day of the festival.  The important events of the celebrations are Ankurarpana, Dhwajarohana, Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess, Lingodhbhavakala Maharudrabhishekam to God, Pagalankarana, Kalyanothsavam, Radhothsavam and Dhwajavarohana.

Ugadi Celebrations

The Ugadi celebrations performed for a period of five days.  The festival begins three days before the Ugadi day i.e., Telugu New Years day (Chaitra Suddha Padyami) which generally falls in March  / April.   Nearly five Lakhs of pilgrims particularly from Karnataka and Maharastra States are visiting the temple during these utsavams.

Dasara Celebrations

Devi Sarannavaratrulu is a festival of nine days beginning from the first day of Asweejam month (the 7th month of Indian Lunar Calendar) which generally falls in September or October.  The important events of this utsavam are performing of Chandiyagam, Rudrayagam, Navadurga alankaras to Goddess and Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess besides several special poojas.  Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is mainly worshiped in these utsavams.

The celebration begins with the Ganapathi pooja followed by the Kalasa Sthapana and ends with Poornahuthi.


Kumbhothsavam is the most significant festival of the temple of Srisailam in which various offerings are made to Goddess Bhramaramba Devi.  This festival celebrates on the first Tuesday or Friday (which ever first comes) after full moon day of Chaitram, the beginning month of Indian Calendar.

It is said that on this day the Goddess is ferocious and so that various poojas like Navavarana, Trisathi, Khadgamala etc., are performed in Ekantham i.e., the doors of Bhramaramba temple remain closed and Archakas themselves performed poojas and there will not be usual darshanam at that time.  In the evening a man who dressed saree like a woman comes to the temple to offer  Mangala Harathi to the Goddess named as Kumbhaharathi and at time the doors of the temples will open.  After performing of Kumbha Harathi the Goddess is covered with large quantity of Turmeric and Kumkuma and then Satvikabali i.e., Kumbham (large quantity of cooked rice), breaking of Pumpkins, Coconuts on a large number and more than 50 thousands of lemons etc., are offered to Goddess.


Arudra is the birth Star of God Siva. In Dhanurmasam on the day of Arudra Nakshatram Special Poojas like Lingodhbhavakala Rudrabhishekam, Annabhishekam and Vahana Seve are offered to God Mallikarjuna Swamy.

Kartheeka Masothsavams

Karthikam, the 8th month of Indian Calendar is said to be the most auspicious month.  On the important days of this month like Mondays, full moon day etc., Deepothsavam in which a large number of lamps are lighted in the temple premises.  On the full moon day of the month Jwalathoranam (bonfire) performed in the temple.  It is said that by mere seeing the said Jvalathoranam one can get clear of from sins.

Large number of pilgrims will visit the temple during Kartheeka Masam especially 30 to 40 thousands pilgrims will visit the temple during Sunday and Mondays of said

Monthly Festivals

Name of the Utsavam

Poojas Performed


Mahanyasapurvaka Rudrabhishekam & Bilwarchana to Sri Swamy Varu (In the evening time)

Arudra Nakshtram

Mahanyasapurvaka Rudrabhishekam & Annabhishekam to Sri Swamy varu

Pournami (Full Moon Day)

Laksha Kumkumarchana to Sri Ammavaru

Moola Nakshatram

Navavarana Puja to Sri Ammavaru

Sravana Nakshatram

Navavarana Puja to Sri Ammavaru

Suddha Chavithi Puja

Vrathakalpa Purvaka Shodashopachara Puja to Sri Ratnagarbha Ganapathi.

Bahula Chavithi Puja

Vrathakalpa Purvaka Shodashopachara Puja to Sri Ratnagarbha Ganapathi

Kruthika Nakshatram

Vrathakalpa Purvaka Shodashopachara Puja to Sri Kumara Swamy.

Kruthika Nakshatram

Vrathakalpa Purvaka Shodashopachara Puja to Sri Kumara Swamy.

Other Information:


Tradition, literature as well as epigraphical sources states that the sacred Hill of Srisailam has four GATE WAYS in the four cardinal directions

Tripuranthakam in Prakasam District in the East where God Tripuranthakeswara Swamy and Goddess Tripurasundari Devi are Presiding Deities.


Siddhavatam on the bank of the river Penna in Kadapa District in the south where Jyothisideswara Swamy and Goddess Kamakshi Devi are the presiding Deities.

Alampur on the bank of the river Tungabhadra in Mahaboobnagar District in the west where Navabrahma Alayas,A group of nine temples of Chalukya period are situated. This Kshetram is also the seat of Goddess Jogulamba, the one of the Eighteen Mahasakthis.

Umamaheswaram of Mahaboobnagar District in the North where God Umamaheswara Swamy and Goddess Umamaheswari Devi are the presiding deities.

Secondary Gateways

Next to the Main Gateways, four more Secondary Gateways in the four corner bearings are likewise famously known as.

Eleswaram in Mahaboobnagar District now submerged in the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in the North East with Eleswara Swamy and Katyani as presiding Deities.

Somasila on the bank of the river Penna in South East with Skanda Someswara as the presiding Deity.

Pushpagiri in Kadapa District in the South-West with Santhana Malleswara as Presiding Deity.

Sangameswaram at the confluence of the River Krishna and Tungabhadra in Kurnool District on the North-West and submerged at Srisailam Dam with Sangameswara as presiding Deity. This temple has been re-built at Alampur.


     Temple remains open daily between 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Srisailam is during the winters, especially the months of November, December, January, February and March. The temperature remains moderate and comfortable, between 14 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius. It is the perfect weather for sightseeing, and charming hill town sees most of its tourist footfall during these months.

Nearby Places:

·         Akka Mahadevi Caves

·         Hemareddy Malamma Temple

·         Phaladhara Panchadhara

·         Sakshi Ganapati Temple

·         Bhramaramba Devi Temple

·         Srisailam Dam

·         Srisailam Sanctuary

·         Mallela Teertham


City           : Srisailam

Dist.          : Kurnool

State         : Andhra Pradesh

Country   : India

PIN           : 518101

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