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Srisailam – The Home Of One of the Twelve Jyotirlingas
Mallikarjunaswamy Temple: This ancient temple located on the southern shore of Krishna River, is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. The temple features a shell shaped sanctum where the magnificent and awe-inspiring idol of Lord Mallikarjuna is placed. The temple, which is nearly six centuries old, was built in accordance with the typical Vijaynagar architectural style, by King Harihara Raya, the ruler of Vijayanagar. This temple is renowned for its various sculptures, towers and adornments, prominent among which is the three legged sculpture of Sage Bringi. According to legend, Goddess Parvati cursed the sage and forced him to stand on three legs, because he worshipped Lord Shiva only. Later, after the intervention of Lord Shiva, the Goddess granted another leg to the sage to reduce his discomfort.
Bhramaramba Temple: Located on the Nallamala Hills in Srisailam is the renowned Bhramaramba temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The temple is named after Bhramara, which in local language means bee, and main deity of the temple is Devi Bhramaramba, Lord Mallikarjuna’s consort. As per the legend, Goddess Parvati worshipped Lord Shiva, who was in the form of Mallikarjuna, by taking birth as a bee. People visiting this temple offer prayers to Goddess Parvati, who they believe is present here in the form of Brahmani Shakti.
Hathakesvara Temple: Also known as the Hatkesvaram Temple, this small shrine is renowned for its structural beauty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features a magnificent Shiv Linga, which the local people believe is capable of curing various ailments. It is said that the location of the temple is exactly the same as place where renowned and well-respected Swami Sankaracharya composed one of his various philosophical works. Situated at a scenic place, amidst pleasing landscape, the temple attracts countless devotees all through the year.
Sikhareswara Swamy Temple: The temple is named so because of being located on the highest point or the Sikharam of the Srisailam town. Dedicated to Sikhareswara Swamy, a form of Lord Shiva, the temple is renowned for its splendid natural beauty. The temple also offers a great view of the beautiful surrounding as well as the river basin of the majestic Krishna. The local people believe that in his Sikhareswara Swamy form, Lord Shiva exhibits some really superb powers which help the devotees to get rid of their sins.
Akka Mahadevi Caves: The cave is believed to have been named after Akka Mahadevi, a well known philosopher, ascetic and lyrics, from Karnatak, who dwelled here during the 12th century while undergoing reparation. The cave features a natural Shiva Linga situated at its far end, which Akka Mahadevi is believed to have worshipped during her stay here. Visitors can reach the cave with the help of motorboats made available by Andhra Pradesh government’s Tourism Department.
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