Srisailam Temple

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  • December 30, 2022
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Context: Recently, President of India has inaugurated the project development of Srisailam Temple in the State of Andhra Pradesh.

About the Temple:

  • It is also known as Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple.
  • It is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The temple is located on the top of the Nallamala hills and on the banks of River Krishna.
  • It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.
  • It is the only temple in India significant to both Saivism and Shaktism.
  • The presiding deity of the place is Goddess Brahmaramba devi and Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy in natural stone formations in the shape of Lingam.
  • The idol of deities is thought to be ‘Swayambhu’ or self-manifested.
  • It is considered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas of the Goddess, Parvati.

History of Srisailam Temple:

  • Mention of Srisailam Temple is present in Nasik inscription of the Satavahana King Vasisthiputra Pulumavi in the 1st century AD.
  • Reddy kings- Prolay Vemma and Anavema Reddy constructed pathways and Mandaps in the temple.
  • The modern additions to the temple were made during the reign of Harihara I of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Architecture of Mallikarjun Temple:

  • The temple is built in the Dravidian style.
  • It has lofty towers and sprawling courtyards.
  • Temple of Tripurantakam, Siddavatam, Alampura and Umamaheswaram are located in vicinity of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlina as four gateways to Sri Sailam.

Source: The Hindu


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