: Srisailam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Location : 232 km south of Hyderabad, on the banks of the river
Significance : The Pilgrimage Centre.
Peaceful Srisailam, 232 km south of Hyderabad is situated on the banks of
river Krishna. The 512 mtrs long Srisailam dam located here is abundant with
natural beauty. Situated on the border of the ancient sacred hill of Srigiri
on the south bank of the Krishna river, in the Nallamalai range of Andhra
Pradesh, is the magnificent temple of Srisailam. The temple complex, whose
existing buildings date from the 2nd century AD, is the Bhramaramba
Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, it is one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in India as
well as one of the eighteen most sacred goddess shrines, or Shakti Pithas.
This outstanding collection of major Gods and Goddesses shrines at the same
location makes Srisailam one of India's most venerated sites. Shiva is
worshipped here in his form of Lord Mallikarjuna, and Shakti, his consort,
as Sri Bharamaramba Devi.
The temple is the site of Mahakali in the form of Bhramaramba. It is
believed, the Vrishabha, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva performed penance
here. Lord Shiva appeared before him, with his consort Parvati in the forms
of Mallikarjuna and Bharamaramba. A gigantic fort, with 6 mtr high wall
encloses the temple.
The images of these deities, both extremely old, are enshrined in the more
recent temple built by the Vijayanagar king Harihara Raya around 1404 AD.
The temple, whose popular name is Sriparvata, is bounded by a great
fortress-like wall that is 20 ft high, 6 ft wide and 2120 ft in
circumference. Built in in 1520 AD, the wall has 3200 stones, each weighing
over one ton, and is decorated with fine relief carvings displaying images
from Hindu mythology.
A cluster of minor shrines within the temple enclosure include the Sahasra
Linga, Panchapandava temples and Vata Vriksha. The most appealing feature of
this temple is that anyone of any cast and creed, can touch the deity and
At Sikharam, the highest of the Srisailam hills, is Sikhareswara Swamy, a
temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another beautiful temple is Sri Ganapathi
temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesh.
Besides, there is a Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers area in five
adjoining districts, has tigers, panthers, spotted deer, giant squirrels,
great lizards, pangolins, crocodiles, civets and a varieties of snake.
Air : The nearest airport is at Hyderabad (150 kms).
Rail : The nearest railhead is at Hyderabad (150 kms).