Srisailam temple was located in the picturesque setting of greenery in Nallamala hills. It was constructed on the banks of pristine river in Kurnool district of Telangana state. The most unique feature of this shrine is existence of both Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peetam parallely in the same place. Locally Lord Shiva is referred to as “Mallikarjuna Swamy” and Shakti Devi was popular as “Bramaramba”.
It is situated on a hilltop name Srigiri or Sirithan. This temple is so important of Shaivite sect of Hindus.
Twelve Jyothirlinga’s in India
- Uttarakhand – Kedarnath Temple ( Garhwal Himalayas )
- Uttar Pradesh – Kashi Vishwanath Temple( Varanasi )
- Jharkhand – Vaidyanath Temple ( Deogarh )
- Madhya Pradesh – Mahakaleshwar Temple( Ujjain )
- Madhya Pradesh – Omkareshwar Temple
- Gujarat – Somnath Temple ( Vevarai )
- Gujarath – Nageshwar Temple (Dwarka)
- Maharashtra – Trimbakeshwar Temple ( Nashik )
- Maharashtra – Bhimashankar Temple (Pune )
- Maharashtra – Grishneshwar Temple (Aurangabad)
- Telangana – Srisailam Temple ( Kurnool )
- Tamil Nadu – Rameswaram Temple (Madurai)
History of Srisailam Temple
Legend of Jyotirlinga
A popular legend with regard to history of this temple was “ Rani Chandravati ” story. Chandravathi was daughter of local king named Chandragupta, who ruled Chandragupta patanam on the banks of pristine river Krishna. She was an ardent devotee of Shiva. She used to spend days and nights with chantings and by offering poojas to Lord Shiva. Finally on one day Shiva appeared in here dream, he told her to follow a bee and stay wherever it rests. Chandravathi within no time and second thoughts wake up from sleep, and followed the bee. They stopped at a place called Srisailam. After a few days she saw a cow offering milk to a black stone. She got stunned by seeing that incident and went near to that to stone. To her surprise it was the manifestation of Lord Shiva in the form of Shiva Linga. On the orders of Lord Shiva she constructed a temple over there, which is today’s Srisailam temple.
Legend of Bramaramba
According to some sources the idol of Shakti Devi was situated here in the following way. Shakti Devi took the form of a bee to slay a demon named Arunasura. After successfully performing her duties, she settled on the hill of Srisailam as Bhramaramba Devi.
The neck part of Shakti Devi was said to have fallen here, therefore it is regarded as on of the Shakti Peeth in India.
Srisailam Temple Timings
Temple is open to devotees round the year. Monday is considered to be the most auspicious day for visiting this sanctum. Usually pilgrims are allowed to see god during following hours – 6:30 A.M to 11:00 P.M , 1:00 P.M to 3:30 P.M ( Alankara darshan ) , finally from 6:00 P.M to 6:30 P.M.
During rest of the hours in day various sevas were performed to Lord Shiva. In order to take part in sevas like Saswatha Seva, Srisaila Prabha, one need to book tickets in prior using Srisailam official website.
Online Booking for Abhishekam
Devotees can now avail the services of booking Abhishekam slots on Srisailam temple official website. Abhishekam timings are from 6’o clock in the morning to 1:30 P.M. The cost is nearly 500 INR for Garbhagudi Abhishekam, Abhishekam cost at mandapam costs 100 INR.
Online Accommodation Bookings
For the convenience and comfort of pilgrims, Srisailam Devasthanam is allowing users to book rooms over internet by using their official website. Both A.C and Non A.C rooms were available with rents ranging from 4000 to 100 Rs. All devasthanams the cottages were located on mountain only.
Nearby Visiting Places
After completing darshanam at this holy temple, there are a lot of scenic beauties around this area that you can visit. The following are some of the tourist attractions in the region Srisailam Dam, Srisailam Tiger reserve, Srihikaresava Temple, Patala Ganga, Akkamahadevi Caves, Lingallu Gattu, Hemareddy Mallamma Temple , Hathakesvara Temple.
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