About Mallikarjuna Temple:
Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple or Srisailam Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deities Lord Shiva and Parvati. Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple or Srisailam Temple is dedicated to the deities Shiva and Parvati, located at Srisailam . Mallikarjuna Temple is a Swayambulinga (self-manifested) and is revered as one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva.The devout believe that one can attain mukti by taking birth at Srisailam. The sanctity of the hill is extolled in Mahabharatha, Skanda Purana and many other religious scriptures.
The name of Srisailam kshetra is chanted with reverence in the sankalpa mantra during ritual bath in holy places. The hills are also sacred to the Buddhists. Saint Nagarjuna lived here in the first century AD. Chinese travellers Fahian and Hieun Tsang have described this pilgrim centre as Sri Parvatam and a Bhuddhist centre.
History of Mallikarjuna Temple:
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is known to be in existence since ancient times. Mentions of this temple can be found in various inscriptions and historical findings dating back to as early as 2nd century AD. Chalukyas Kingdom(AD 624-848), and Kakatiyas (AD 953-1323) are said to have contributed in the development of Mallikarjuna Temple.
Although the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple was built much earlier, its major renovations happened during Vijayanagara reign, from 1336 to 1678. During Vijayanagara rule, the Mukha Mandapam of Mallikarjuna Temple ( was built along with a gopuram on its southern side.
During the rule of Sri Krishnadevaraya, Salu Mandapas and Rajagopuram were also built, adding a new level of grandeur to this ancient temple. Later in 1674, Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji also lead to various renovations of the temple as well as revival of temple festival. Later Mughals, Nawabs and then British took over the area and the administration of the temple also came under them. In 1929, a committee was established by the British to manage the temple (Hindu God). Later in the year of 1949, the temple was transferred under the administration of Endowments Department.
Best Time to Visit:
October to February offers the best climate for tourist activities and pilgrimage. The season is good to visit Srisailam Sanctuary, the Phaladhara Panchadhara, the Srisailam Dam View Point etc.
The temperature remains pleasant between 15°C and 32°C, making it an excellent time to go sightseeing. June to September is mostly off-season because the region receives heavy rainfall, but it can be a good time for temple visits and short trips for tourists on a small budget. The summer season is not at all recommended as the temperature remains unbearably hot and humid throughout the season.
Although one can visit Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga throughout the year, visiting during festivals adds further charm to the darshan. Seven day long festival, Maha Shivaratri Brahmotsavam is one of the most popular festival of the temple. This festival is celebrated in the month of February or March. Ugadi festival, that is celebrated for 5 days is also another popular temple festival.
Dasara celebrations, Devi Sarannavaratrulu, that is celebrated for nine days is another festival to attend in the temple. Kumbhothsavam, Sankranthi Utsavams, Arudrothsavam, Kartheeka Mahothsavams, Sravananamosothsvams are a few important festivals of the temple.
Pilgrimage tour Mallikaarjuna Jyotirlinga can be visited in one night two days or two night three days depending on guest arrival time in Hyderabad. risailam, is one of the holy Shiva kshetrams (shrine) in the world. It is situated on the top of a hill named Srisailam, Sriparvata or Srigiri, With one dayextension can visit Mantralyam famous for Guru Raghavendra Temple.
Timing for Aarti:
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.
Timing for Darshan at Mallikarjuna Temple:
4:30 am to 10 pm
Located at Srisailam in Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.