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The town (as well as the mandal) of Srisailam is reputed for the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga on the flat top of Nallamala Hills. The Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and is also one among the 275 Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangal. Srisailam has played a dominant role in the Hindu religious, cultural and social history since ancient times. The epigraphical evidence reveals that the history of Srisailam began with the Satavahanas who were the first empire builders in South India. The earliest known historical mention of the hill, Srisailam, can be traced to the King Vasishthiputra Pulumavi’s Nasik inscription of 1st Century A.D. Srisailam or Srisailamu (Śrīśailaṁ, Śrīśailamu) is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is on the banks of the Krishna River about 212 km south of Hyderabad and 179 km from Kurnool. It is sometimes spelled Shrishailam.
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When Lord Murugan returned to Kailash after completing his trip around the earth, he heard about Ganesha’s marriage from Narada muni. 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 Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati visit this place on Amavasya (No moon day) and (full Moon day) Pournami, respectively. Visiting the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga not only blesses one with innumerable wealth, but also name and fame and fulfills all the desires.
Once, a princess named Chandravati decided to go to the Jungle 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 everyday. Chandravati dug up that area and was dumb founded at what she saw. There was a self-raising Swyambhu Shiva Linga. It was bright and shining like the sun rays, and looked like it was burning, throwing flames in all directions. Chandravati prayed to Shiva in the Mallikarjuna 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.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga has its origin about six centuries back. It was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar. The temple is constructed in Vijayanagar style with high operas surrounding the temple. The Reddy kings of Kondaveedu dynasty have contributed a lot towards the making of this temple. The North Gopuram of the temple has been built by Shivaji. A massive wall of 6 metres encloses the temple. The walls of the temple are beautifully crafted with stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana that takes us back to those Vedic times.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga has small temples in and around its premises which are dedicated to various Hindu Gods including Nandi the Bull, Sahasralinga and Nataraja. The temple is a renowned site of Andhra Pradesh and stands as testimony to Vijayanagar architecture. The Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is of immense historical, architectural and religious significance. Feel the spirituality and peace while visiting the majestic Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.
Srisailam or Shrishailam, popularly known for the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, is located on the top of the Nallamalla hills. The origins of this town and shrine lead back to the Satvahanas dynasty. The town is located on the banks of the river Krishna between Hyderabad and Kurnool. Following are the points on how to go to Srisailam by different means of travel.
By Bus: There are many options for Srisailam travel by road. Srisailam trip by bus is an easy journey with well-connected roads. Doranala, Markarpur, Kurichedu are some of closest towns to choose travel by bus to Srisailam. Srisailam visit by bus from nearby cities and towns is quick.
By Train: Srisailam does not have a railway station to allow trains to Srisailam. The nearest railway station to Srisailam is Markapur railway station. This station is connected to all major cities. Travelers who have doubts on how to reach Srisailam by train can check the Srisailam train timetable from the site. Srisailam train travel does not become difficult as the Markarpur Railway station is situated very close to Srisailam. The journey from Markarpur and Srisailam can be covered quickly with effective road transport available regularly.
By Flight: Flights to Srisailam directly is available but the flights are not regular. The town does not have its Srisailam airport. The nearest airport to Srisailam is Begumpet Airport. Flight travel to Srisailam directly should be looked into and booked well ahead of the trip. The next option for flights to Srisailam is through Rajiv Gandhi International airport, Hyderabad. It is roughly a five-hour drive to Srisailam from the airport.
Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Sri Sailam
This temple Opening & Closing times is 5.00 AM and 10.00 PM. During this period major part of the Lord Krishna rituals are performed. Archana, Aarti and Abhisekham are the daily pujas performed.The best time to visit this beautiful temple is in the evening during evening Aarti.
|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 the 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.|
The temple is a revered place of worship and devotion. Thousands of people from various parts of the country come here to offer their prayers especially on Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna). During the festive months when the temple and its surroundings are illuminated with lights, it provides for a spectacularly divine vision. The serene and sublime atmosphere of the temple offers much peace and tranquility to the mind.
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