THE DISTANCE OF SRISAILAM FROM HYDERABAD IS AROUND 200 KMS AND IT IS A 3 -4 HOUR JOURNEY BY ROAD BUT I MUST CONFESS THAT AMONGST ALL MY ROAD JOURNEYS IN MY LIFE TILL DATE THIS WAS BY FAR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND MOST MEMORABLE DREAM DRIVE DESTINATION AND BY DREAM DRIVE DESTINATION I MEAN THAT THE JOURNEY WAS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE DESTINATION – THE PIOUS SRISAILAM. IN THE 200 KM LONG JOURNEY THE DISTANCE OF 140 KMS WAS COVERED BY A SINGLE TRACK COUNTRY SIDE ROAD PASSING THROUGH THE DINDI RESERVOIR AND THE LAST LAP OF 70 KMS IS THROUGH A PLATEAU RIGHT THROUGH THE HEART OF THE SRISAILAM SANCTUARY ON THE NALLA MALLA HILL RANGE. WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SPOT A FAMILY OF BEAR AND A HERD OF DEER. HOWEVER IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO VENTURE ON FOOT IN THE SANCTUARY. WE ENJOYED OUR PACKED LUNCH IN THE CAR ITSELF WITH DEER ON EITHER SIDE GRAZING AWAY. ILL UPLOAD SOME PICS IN WHICH YOU CAN SPOT THE DEER THOUGH NOT SO CLEARLY 🙂
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 prominence of this Divya Kshetram is highlighted by the fact that while performing our daily household rituals we specify place of location of our existence with reference to Srisailam.
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.
There is a common belief in vogue that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial. The antiquity and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not known.
It is believed that Lord Shiva first manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga on the night of the, Aridra Nakshatra thus the special reverence for the Jyotirlinga. There is nothing to distinguish the appearance, but it is believed that a person can see these lingas as columns of fire piercing through the earth after he reaches a higher level of spiritual attainment. There are twelve Jyotirlingas in India and they are spread all over India.
Shrishailam Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peetha. The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati’s self immolation resulted in the emergence of Shree Parvati in the place of Sati Devi and making Shiva a house holder. This mythology is the story behind the origin of Shakti Peethas. They are holy abodes of Shakti formed due the falling of Sati Devi’s corpse when Shiva carried it and wandered. It is believed that Sati Devi’s Upper lip has fallen here
The origins of this temple have been lost in antiquity. The Skanda Purana has a chapter called Srisaila Kandam dedicated to it, which points to the ancient origin. This is confirmed by the fact that saints of the past millennia have sung its praises.
Shiva’s sacred bull Nandi is said to have performed penance at the Mahakali temple till Shiva and Parvati appeared before him as Mallikarjuna and Brahmaramba. The temple is one of the 12 hallowed jyotirlingas; Lord Rama himself installed the Sahasralinga, while the Pandavas lodged the Panchapandava lingas in the temple courtyard.
Heroic legends from the Mahabharata and Ramayana are sculpted in stone on the temple walls and the Mahabharata epic refers to Srisailam as Sri Parvata — the blessed hill. You can hear the buzzing of a bee through a tiny hole in the Brahmaramba temple, where Parvati, in the form of a bee, slayed the demon Mahisasura.