When Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about his most desired place apart from Kailasa in the Universe created by him, he chose the eternally beautiful place nestled among picturesque nature, the avatar of Sri Chakra, the holy Srisailam. In such a significant location, Shiva-Shakti take the form of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba to bless all their devotees. As proven in Puranas, Srisailam has great ancient significance. Among the 12 Jyotirlingas, the 2nd is the Mallikarjuna Swamy Lingam; among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas, the 6th is Sri Bhramaramba Devi temple. Srisailam is the only temple where two such icons exist under one temple complex. Srisailam has many other names like Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatam and Srinagam.
Pandavas during their Agyatwas visited this place and Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also visited this place while he was on South India expedition for expansion of Maratha Dynasty and there is an interesting story about his visit. (Do let us know if you wish to know the story and we will share it with you.)
Well known as Kailash Temple of South India is Shri Mallikarjuna Temple, based about 230kms from the Capital City – Hyderabad. It is well connected by road ( it takes about 6hrs by road) and nearest railhead is Markapur about 90kms ( Karnool railway station is about 180kms – 5hrs) and the option of Andhra Pradesh State Transport Bus is available from the Railway station.
On arrival we suggest you get your entry ticket to Temple first before you go for any sightseeing. Regular pass is free of cost ( Darshan may take between 1hr to 8hrs depending on the season you are visiting ) whereas the Sheegra / Ati Sheegra and VIP pass can give you darshan withn 15-45min depending on the pass you purchase for Mallikarjuna Darshan ( our package cost is inclusive of Sheegra Darshan ticket)
Before going to temple keep all your belongings in your room or in the cloak room near the Temple entrance. Best season to travel between October to March. Avoid Mahashivratri and the Holy month of Shravan.
If you want to avail the Prasadam at the Temple you can enjoy Lunch between 11am to 2pm and Dinner between 7pm to 9pm which is free of cost provided by the Devasthan.
Other than the temple while you are in Sri Sailam you can visit other places of interest:
Dindi Reservoir , Uma Maheshwar Temple, Mallela Teertham Waterfall , Octopus View Point, Srisalam Dam, Sri Sailam Sikharam, Sakshi Ganpati Temple, Hatakeshwara Temple, Paladhara, Ishtakameshwara Temple, Chenchulakshmi Tribal Museum, Pathalganga Ghat on the banks of River Krishna which can be reached by walking down by steps or you can try Cable car at nominal cost of Rs.65/- per person, Akkamdevi Cave Temple which can be reached by boat at cost of Rs.100/- per person, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Spoori Kendra, Rudra Park with a beautiful view of the water body, Veerabhadra Swami Temple. One of the 51 Shakti Peeth is Bramharamba Temple which is in the temple complex.
We suggest 8 nights – 9 days tour with Raichur, Mantralayam, Vijaywada, Pithapuram & SriSilam or Vishakhapattanam – Pithapuram – Guntur – Kuruvpur – Srisilam and Hyderabad
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