Srisailam, situated in the Rishabgiri Hills on the southern banks of the Krishna
River in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, is not only a sacred destination of
top order; it also ranks high as a centre of religion, literature and culture.
Also known as Sriparvata, the place is home to famous Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy
Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India and a fine specimen of the south
Indian temple architecture. What makes Srisailam unique the presence of Goddess
Bhramaramba Devi, one of the eighteen Mahasakthis. The great religious leader Aadi
Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda
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Hyderabad is the nearest airport that is connected by flights from major cities
The nearest railhead is Markapur Road via Hyderabad and Guntur. However, the convenient
railhead is Hyderabad
Srisailam is connected by good motorable roads to all places in South India.
- 232 km from Hyderabad
- 325 km from Anantapur
- 180 km from Kurnool
- 180 km from Nagarjunasagar
- 436 km from Tirupati
- 614 km from Vishakapaptnam
Where to Stay
Devasthanam Cottages & Devasthanam Choultries
Executive Officer, Srisaila Devasthanam
Tel: 08524 - 288883, 288885, 288886, 288887, 288888
APTDC Haritha Hotel
Tel: +91 8524 288311, 287411
Karnataka Guest House
Zilla Parishad Guest House
Resvn: Secretary, Zilla Parishad, Kurnool
Resvn: Choultry Supervisor
Hotel Punnami (APSTDC)
Tel: (08524) 288311, 287369
Sights to See
Located at a height of 2830 feet, this most sacred spot is the highest peak of Srisailam
Hills. The Sikhareswaram temple is an ancient stone structure consisting of Garbhagriha,
Antaralaya and 16 pillared Mukhamanda.The deity here is named
as Veera Sankara Swamy and locally popularized as Sikhareswara
Swamy. This place gives a panoramic view of the entire temple complex of Srisailam
including the meandering river Krishna.
When Siva and Parvathi decided to find suitable brides for their sons, Ganesha and
Muruga argued as to who is to get wedded first. Lord Siva bade that the one
who goes round the world in Pradakshinam could get married first. By the time
Lord Muruga could go round the world on his vahana, Lord Ganesha went round his
parents 7 times (for according to Sastras, going in pradakshinam round one's parents
is equivalent to going once round the world (Boopradakshinam). Lord Siva got
Siddhi & Buddhi, the daughtersof Viswaroopan married to Lord Ganesha.
Muruga on his return was enraged and went away to stay alone on Mount Kravunja in
the name of Kumarabrahmachari. On seeing his father coming over to pacify
him, he tried to move to another place, but on the request of the Devas, stayed
close by. The place where Lord Siva and Parvathi stayed came to be known as
Sri Sailam. Lord Siva visits Lord Muruga on Amavasai day & Parvathi Devi
Situated about 3 km from Srisailam, this small temple is one of the holy spots frequented
by pilgrims since times immemorial. Legend has it that the Ganapathi in this
temple keeps regular account of all the devotees to tender Sakshyam (evidence)
of their visit to this Kshetram and so named as Sakshi Ganapathi.
The sculpture of this deity is exquisitely made holding a book in the left hand
and a pen in the right hand in such a way as noting down the names of devotees.
It is in practice that devotees during their return had the darshan of this Ganapathi
and informed their name and gotra to him. Srinatha, the 14th century famous
poet in his Kasikhandam mentions that this Sakshi Ganapathi was visualized
by sage Agasthya during his pilgrimage to Srisailam.
The Nallamalai Hill ranges are dotted with several natural caves and caverns which
were known to human beings since the prehistoric times. Some of these caves became
more famous and played a role in the significance of Srisailam. The naturally
formed Akkamahadevi Caves just above the flow of the river Krishna upstream is 10
km away from Srisailam. This cave is endowed with a geological marvel of natural
Rock Arch measuring nearly 200 x 16 x 4 feet which stands majestically without any
support. The surrounding of the cave and its journey through the river Krishna from
Srisailam provides a wonderful experience to one and all. Exploring the meandering
cave to 150 meters deep is also very adventurous.
Named after the famous ascetic, lyricist and philosopher, Akkamahadevi
from Karnataka who performed penance here and worshipped the Sivalinga that
existed in the deep and dark end of the cave, the spot can be visited by motorboat
arranged by the A.P. Tourism Department.
Located about 4 Km from the main temple, this inviting scene spot in surroundings
of Srisailam is famous for the spot where Bhagavan Adisankara performed penance
and composed his famous work Sivanandalahari here. This has been
confirmed by Kanchi Paramacharya and marble statues of Sarada Devi and Sankaracharya
have been installed there and daily regular prayers are offered.
Located on the left bank of the Tungabhadra River, the place is famous for Navabrahma
Alayas – a group of nine temples belonging to the Chalukya period.