Srisailam ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)


230 kms from Hyderabad or 95 kms from Nandyal, Srisailam is a prominent religious and historical centre of Kurnool region of Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the Nallamalai Range of hills at an altitude of 457 metres, Srisailam is the venue of another famous Shiva shrine dedicated to Mallikarjuna and his consort goddess Bharamaramba. The Shiva Linga is one of the Dwadasha jyotirlingas of great antiquity.

A fine all weather road leads to the top of the hill up to the temple. A modern township has been developed around the temple with a number of choultries rest houses and lodgings. A large fair is held for three days following the Mahashivarathri. A unique feature of this place is that the pilgrims can touch the main Linga in the shrine and worship without any distinction of caste or creed. The peak is at an altitude of 950 metres which is called as Srisaila Shikharam which gives a beautiful view of the temple and the valley around.

River Krishna flows down the valley in a gorge called Pathala Ganga. The river is harnessed for generating electricity. A prosperous Veera Shaiva Mutt does the management of the Shiva temple, while the Mutt of the order of Sankaracharya looks after the worship of the Bhramaramba Devi temple.

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