MALLIKARJUNA

Mallikarjuna is located on the banks of the river Krishna, in the state of Andhra Pradesh on a mountain called Shri Shaila. Fort walls 6 meters high enclose this ancient temple. The temple is in Andhra Pradesh Srisailam, 232 km south of Hyderabad. The temple is situated on the banks south bank of the river Krishna, on a 457 metre high hill.  The temple faces the East was built in Dravidian style. The center mandapam has several pillars with a huge idol of Nadikeswarar. The temple sculptures narrate in stone the epics from the great Hindu epics - Ramayana Mahabharata.

According to Shiva Purana, when Shri Ganesh was married of before Kartikeya, and because of this Kartikeya became angry, and despite being stopped and consoled by his parents Shiv-Parvati, went away to the Kraunch Mountain. Even the Gods went and tried consoling Kartikeya, but all their efforts were in vain, because of all this Shiv-Parvati were very sad and both decided that they would to Kraunch mountain themselves. When Kartikeya came to know that his mother-father have arrived he went away. Eventually Lord Shiva assumed the form of Jyotirlinga and resided on that mountain by the name of Mallikarjuna. Mallika means Parvati, while Arjuna is another name of Shiva. It is said that by merely seeing the tip of mountain one is emancipated from all his sins and worries. The person becomes free from the vicious cycle of life and death

How to reach ?

By Road : Srisailam is well connected by State buses from all the important towns in A.P.

By Rail : The nearest rail head is Nandyal on Guntur-Hubli road at a distance of 158 km. But people prefer going to Hyderabad or Secunderabad and then travel by bus or car.

By Air : The nearest airport to Srisailam is Hyderabadat a distance of 237 km.


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