Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deities Shiva and Parvati, located at Srisailam in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is significant to the Hindu sects of both Shaivam and Shaktam as this temple is referred to as one of the twelve Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva and as one of the eighhteen Shakti Peethas of goddess Parvati. Shiva is worshiped as Mallikarjuna, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Brahmaramba. It is the only temple in India which is revered as both Jyotirlinga and Shaktipeeth.
There are inscriptional evidences from the Satvahana Dyanasty which place the temple to be existent from the 2nd century. Most modern additions were done during the time of king Harihara of Vijayanagara Empire.
The temple complex covers 2 hectares and houses four gateway towers known as gopurams. The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba being the most prominent. The temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the Mukha Mandapa built during the Vijayanagar period. The temple is situated facing East. The center mandapam has several pillars, with a huge idol of Nadikeshwara. The temple is enclosed by tall walls measuring 183 m (600 ft) by 152 m (499 ft) and 8.5 m (28 ft) tall. There are a number of sculptures in the precinct each raising above another. The Mukamandapa, the hall leading to the sanctum, has intricate sculpted pillars. The shrine where Mallikarjuna is housed is considered the oldest in the temple, dating back to 7th century. There is a Sahasra linga (1000 linga), believed to have been commissioned by Rama and five other lingas believed to have been commissioned by Pandavas. A mirror hall in the first precinct has images of Nataraja.
Lord Shiva in this temple is referred to as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Goddess Bramarambha's shrine is referred to as one of the eighteen Shakti peethas. This temple is classified as one of the Paadal Petra Sthalam.
Festivals and rituals
Maha Shiva Ratri is the most important festival here. Also Navaratri too.
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.
How to Reach:
The closest airport to Srisailam is located at Hyderabad at distance of about 232 kms from Srisailam. Hyderabad is air connected to Vishakapatnam, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi. Taxi cars and call taxis are available at the airport. The taxi fare from Hyderabad to Srisailam is about Rs. 2500.
By Train : Nearest railhead to Srisailam is the Markapur Road, in the Guntur-Hubli metre gauge rail route. The major broad-gauge railway station nearby is at Hyderabad at a distance of 232 kms. Taxi cars and call taxis are available at the railway station.
Srisailam is well connected by Devasthanam buses and State owned APSRTC buses. APSRTC buses charge about Rs. 80 from Srisailam to Hyderabad. The buses connect Srisailam with Mahaboobnagar, Hyderabad, Devorkonda, Mahanandi, Anantapur, Chitradurg, Guntur, Mantralayam, Tirupati and Vijayawada.