Mallikarjuna Temple – One of The Famous Jyotirlinga
The town (as well as the mandal) of Srisailam is reputed for the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga on the flat top of Nallamala Hills. The Mallikarjuna temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and is also one among the 275 Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalangal. Srisailam has played a dominant role in the Hindu religious, cultural and social history since ancient times. The epigraphical evidence reveals that the history of Srisailam began with the Satavahanas who were the first empire builders in South India.
The earliest known historical mention of the hill, Srisailam, can be traced to the King Vasishthiputra Pulumavi’s Nasik inscription of 1st Century A.D. Srisailam or Srisailamu is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is on the banks of the Krishna River about 212 km south of Hyderabad and 179 km from Kurnool. It is sometimes spelled Shrishailam.
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Mallikarjuna Temple History
When Lord Murugan returned to Mount Kailash after completing his trip around the earth, he heard about Ganesha’s marriage from Narada muni. This angered him. In spite of being restrained by his parents, he touched their feet in obeisance and left for Krounch Mountain. Parvati was very distraught at having to be away from her son, implored Lord Shiva to look for their son. Together, they went to Kumara. But, Kumara went away a further three Yojanas, after learning about his parents coming after him to Krouncha Mountain.
Before embarking on a further search for their son on each mountain, they decided to leave a light on every mountain they visited. From that day, that place came to be known as Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati visit this place on Amavasya (No moon day) and (full Moon day) Pournami, respectively. Visiting the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga not only blesses one with innumerable wealth, but also name and fame and fulfills all the desires.
Once, a princess named Chandravati decided to go to the Jungle to do penance and meditation. She chose Kadali Vana for this purpose. One day, she witnessed a miracle. A Kapila cow was standing under a Bilwa tree and milk was flowing from all of its four udders, sinking into the ground. The cow kept doing this as a routine chore everyday. Chandravati dug up that area and was dumb founded at what she saw.
There was a self-raising Swyambhu Shiva Linga. It was bright and shining like the sun rays, and looked like it was burning, throwing flames in all directions. Chandravati prayed to Shiva in the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. She built a huge Shiva Temple there. Lord Shankara was very pleased with her. Chandravati went to Kailash wind borne. She received salvation and Mukti. On one of the stone-inscriptions of the temple, Chandravati’s story can be seen carved out.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Architecture
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga has its origin about six centuries back. It was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar. The temple is constructed in Vijayanagar style with high operas surrounding the temple. The Reddy kings of Kondaveedu dynasty have contributed a lot towards the making of this temple. The North Gopuram of the temple has been built by Shivaji. A massive wall of 6 metres encloses the temple. The walls of the temple are beautifully crafted with stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana that takes us back to those Vedic times.
Free Accomodation Facilities
The Devasthanam has constructed pilgrim sheds at Pathalaganga Road and at Filter Bed with number of toilets and with drinking water facilities. They are being given to the pilgrims who came through Tourist Buses.
The Department of Tourism is maintaining Punnami Guest Houses consisting about 50 suites.
Various Temples Around Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga has small temples in and around its premises which are dedicated to various Hindu Gods including Nandi the Bull, Sahasralinga and Nataraja. The temple is a renowned site of Andhra Pradesh and stands as testimony to Vijayanagar architecture. The Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is of immense historical, architectural and religious significance. Feel the spirituality and peace while visiting the majestic Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.
Srisailam Temple Timings
Opening & Closing times of the temple is 5.00 AM and 10.00 PM. During this period major part of the Lord Krishna rituals are performed. Archana, Aarti and Abhisekham are the daily pujas performed.The best time to visit this beautiful temple is in the evening during evening Aarti.
|4.30 AM||5.00 AM||Mangalavadyams.|
|5.00 AM||5.15 AM||Suprabhatam.|
|5.15 AM||6.30 AM||Pratahkalapuja, Gopuja and Maha Mangala Harathi.|
|6.30 AM||1.00 PM||Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas by the devotees.|
|1.00 PM||3.30 PM||Alankara Darshanam.|
|4.30 PM||4.50 PM||Mangalavadyams.|
|4.50 PM||5.20 PM||Pradoshakalapuja.|
|5.20 PM||6.00 PM||Susandhyam and Maha Mangala Harathi.|
|5.50 PM||6.20 PM||Rajopachara puja (Parakulu) to Bhramaramba Devi.|
|6.20 PM||9.00 PM||Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas.|
|9.00 PM||10.00 PM||Dharma Darshanam.|
|9.30 PM||10.00 PM||Ekantha Seva.|
|10.00 PM||Closure of the temple.|
Mallikarjun Darshan timings
The temple is a revered place of worship and devotion. Thousands of people from various parts of the country come here to offer their prayers especially on Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna). During the festive months when the temple and its surroundings are illuminated with lights, it provides for a spectacularly divine vision. The serene and sublime atmosphere of the temple offers much peace and tranquility to the mind.
|Sri Swamyvari Temple|
|S.No||Name of the Sevas & Poojas||Timings||Cost of Seva ticket||Pooja Articals and Prasadams||No. of Pilgrims allowed|
|1||Special Abhishekam to Sri Swamy Varu in Garbhalayam||8.00 AM to 1.00 PM
6.00 PM to 8.30 PM
|Rs.1000.00||Provided by the Temple||Couple or Single|
|Advance/Online||6.00 AM to 8.00 AM||Rs. 1500.00|
|2||Abhishekam to Sri Vurdha Mallikarjuna Swamy||6.00AM to 1.00 PM & 6.00PM to 8.30PM||Rs.200.00||–||Couple or Single|
|3||Ganapathi Abhishekam||7.00AM||Rs.300.00||–||Couple or Single|
|4||Ganapathi Homam||7.00AM to 7.30AM||Rs.350.00||–||Couple or Single|
|5||Rudra Homam||7.30AM 8.30AM||Rs.1200.00||Provided by the Temple||Couple or Single|
|6||Laksha Bilwarchana (at Swamivari Temple Garbhalayam)||11.00 AM||Rs.3116.00||Who Performed the Seva they have to contact the temple authorities two days advance and they have to get the bilwam leaves.||Couple or Single|
|7||Bilwarchana ( Sri Vrudhamallikarjuna swami)||11.00 AM||Rs.2500.00||Who Performed the Seva they have to contact the temple authorities two days advance and they have to get the bilwam leaves.||Couple or Single|
|8||Mahanyasa Purvaka Rudrabhishekam||7.00 AM to 9.00 AM||Rs.2116.00||Who Performed the Seva they have to contact the temple authorities two days advance.||Couple or Single|
|9||Maha Mrutyanjaya Homam
(At Vrudhamallikarjuna swami)
|8.30AM TO 9.30AM||Rs.508.00||
Provided By The Temple
|Couple or single|
|10||Nava Graha Homam (At Vrudhamallikarjuna swami)||9.30 AM TO 10.00AM||Rs.508.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|11||Chandraling Abhishekam (At Chandralingam)||6.30 AM to 1.00 PM & 6.00 PM to 8.30 PM||Rs.108.00||–||Couple or single|
|12||Balarista Pooja (At Kumar Swamy )||9.30AM TO 10.30AM||Rs.316.00||–||Couple or single|
|13||Sapra Dosa Nivarna Pooja (At Kumar Swamy )||10.30AM TO 11.30AM||Rs.316.00||–||Couple or single|
|14||Maha Mrutyanjaya Abhishekam
(At Vrudhamallikarjuna swami)
|11.30AM TO 1.30AM||Rs.1116/-||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|15||Shasraling Abhishekam (At Shasralingeshwara Swami)||6.30AM TO 1.00PM & 6.00PM TO 8.30PM||Rs.250/-||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|16||Suryaling Abhishekam (At Suryalingam)||6.30AM TO 1.00PM & 6.00PM TO 8.30PM||Rs.250/-||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|17||Go Pooja||6.30AM||Rs. 120||–|
|23||Radhotsavam (Only Monday)||7.00 PM to 7.30 PM||Rs.520.00||Couple or Single|
|24||VahanaSeva||7.00 PM to 7.30 PM||Rs. 520.00||–||Couple or Single|
|25||Suprabhata Seva||5.30 AM to 6.30 AM||Rs. 300.00||Single|
|26||Pallaki Seva||7.00PM to 7.30 PM||Rs. 220.00||Couple or Single|
|27||Ekantha Seva||9.30 PM to 10.00 PM||Rs.120.00||Prasadams Provided by the Temple||Couple or Single|
|Sri Ammawari Temple|
|S.No||Name of the Sevas & Poojas||Timings||Cost of ticket||Pooja Articals and Prasadams||No. of Pilgrims allowed|
|1||Kumkuma Puja at Srichakram||7.00AM to 1.00PM & 6.00PM to 8.30PM||Rs. 350.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|2||Kumkumarchana at Prakara Mandapam||7.00AM to 1.00PM & 6.00PM to 8.30PM||Rs. 150.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|3||Gouri Vratham||7.30AM||Rs. 300.00||Couple or single|
|4||Chandi Homam||9.30AM||Rs. 1200.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|5||Navavarana Pooja||6.30AM||Rs. 600.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|6||Laksha Kunkumarchana at Srichakram||6.00 AM to 12.30 PM||Rs. 2116.00||Who Performed the Seva they have to contact the temple authorities two days advance.||Couple or single|
|7||Suvarnapushparchana at Srichakram||Rs. 1000.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|8||Preparation of Ammavari Bogam Prasadam (Per Kg)||Rs. 216||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|1||Kalyanotsavam||7.15 PM||Rs. 1000.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
|2||Sarvaseva Pathakam (All Sevas will be performed in this Seva)||4.30AM||Rs. 5000.00||Provided By The Temple||Couple or single|
The Important Annual Festivals Celebrated in The Mallikarjuna Temple
The Mahasivarathri Utsavams are being celebrated as Brahmothsavams in the month of Magham (the 11th month of Indian Lunar Calendar) which falls usually in the month of February/March. This is a festival of seven days with Panchahnika Deeksha. The Mahasivarathri day (29th day of Magham) is the most important day of the festival. The important events of the celebrations are Ankurarpana, Dhwajarohana, Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess, Lingodhbhavakala Maharudrabhishekam to God, Pagalankarana, Kalyanothsavam, Radhothsavam and Dhwajavarohana.
The Ugadi celebrations performed for a period of five days. The festival begins three days before the Ugadi day i.e., Telugu New Years day (Chaitra Suddha Padyami) which generally falls in March ï¿½ April. More than Three Lakhs of pilgrims particularly from Karnataka and Maharastra States are visiting the temple during these utsavams.
Devi Sarannavaratrulu is a festival of nine days beginning from the first day of Asweejam month (the 7th month of Indian Lunar Calendar) which generally falls in September or October. The important events of this utsavam are performing of Chandiyagam, Rudrayagam, Navadurga alankaras to Goddess and Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess besides several special poojas. Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is mainly worshiped in these utsavams.
Kumbhothsavam is the most significant festival of the temple of Srisailam in which various offerings are made to Goddess Bhramaramba Devi. This festival celebrates on the first Tuesday or Friday (which ever first comes) after full moon day of Chaitram, the beginning month of Indian Calendar.
Utsavams are also performed on the occasion of Makara Sankramanam. These utsavams are celebrated for a period of seven days with Panchahnika Deeksha in the month of Pushyam (the 10th month of Indian Calendar) which falls in the month of January.
Arudra is the birth Star of God Siva. In Dhanurmasam on the day of Arudra Nakshatram Special Poojas like Lingodhbhavakala Rudrabhishekam, Annabhishekam and Vahana Seve are offered to God Mallikarjuna Swamy.
Karthikam, the 8th month of Indian Calendar is said to be the most auspicious month. On the important days of this month like Mondays, full moon day etc., Deepothsavam in which a large number of lamps are lighted in the temple premises. On the full moon day of the month Jvalathoranam (bonfire) performed in the temple. It is said that by mere seeing the said Jvalathoranam one can get clear of from sins.
These Utsavams are performed in Sravanam (August ï¿½ September) the 5th month of Indian Calendar. In this month several special poojas are offered to God and Goddess. The special feature of this utsavam is of that Akhanda Sivanama Sankeerthana (Bhajana) performed round the clock continuously throughout the month.
hese Utsavams are performed in Sravanam (August ï¿½ September) the 5th month of Indian Calendar. In this month several special poojas are offered to God and Goddess. The special feature of this utsavam is of that Akhanda Sivanama Sankeerthana (Bhajana) performed round the clock continuously throughout the month.
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How To Reach Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga
Srisailam or Shrishailam, popularly known for the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, is located on the top of the Nallamalla hills. The origins of this town and shrine lead back to the Satvahanas dynasty. The town is located on the banks of the river Krishna between Hyderabad and Kurnool. Following are the points on how to go to Srisailam by different means of travel.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirling By Bus
There are many options for Srisailam travel by road. Srisailam trip by bus is an easy journey with well-connected roads. Doranala, Markarpur, Kurichedu are some of closest towns to choose travel by bus to Srisailam. Srisailam visit by bus from nearby cities and towns is quick.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga By Train
Srisailam does not have a railway station to allow trains to Srisailam. The nearest railway station to Srisailam is Markapur railway station. This station is connected to all major cities. Travelers who have doubts on how to reach Srisailam by train can check the Srisailam train timetable from the site. Srisailam train travel does not become difficult as the Markarpur Railway station is situated very close to Srisailam. The journey from Markarpur and Srisailam can be covered quickly with effective road transport available regularly.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga By Flight
Flights to Srisailam directly is available but the flights are not regular. The town does not have its Srisailam airport. The nearest airport to Srisailam is Begumpet Airport. Flight travel to Srisailam directly should be looked into and booked well ahead of the trip. The next option for flights to Srisailam is through Rajiv Gandhi International airport, Hyderabad. It is roughly a five-hour drive to Srisailam from the airport.
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Best Time To Visit Srisailam
Srisailam has fairly pleasant weather throughout the year except during the summers, which tend to get quite hot with high levels of humidity that can reach up to 85%. Winters, from November to February, are the best time to visit as temperatures stay around 15 to 20°C. Even the monsoons are a good choice as well although Srisailam experiences frequent thunderstorms that occur during this time making travel a bit difficult. However, the Nallamala hills can be quite scenic during this time of the year, especially the forest on the banks of the river Krishna.