Lord Shiva-the destroyer of this universe is a spiritual figure who has infinite attribute and ‘Jyotirlingas’ are his significant symbolic holy shrines or pilgrimage where traces of his existence and presence gift bliss, wealth and prosperity to mankind. ‘Jyotirlingas’ epitomize pillars of light that actually is a true acknowledgeable shape of Lord Shiva in the form of which he judged the supremacy of Lord Vishnu over Lord Brahma. Srisailam Mallikarjuna is that poignant holy place of worshiping where mascot of lord Shiva as Jyotirlinga is established in the service of devotees.
Location: Srisailam Mallikarjuna temple is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh state which is lavishly bestowed with Kadali trees, Bilva trees, mountain ranges and river Patalganga alias Krishna or Krishnaveni.
- The very first famous legend of Srisailam Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple elaborates the account of deity Shiva’s elder son Kartikeya who got angry when he was informed about his younger brother Ganesha’s marriage by the god’s news orator Lord Narada. He reverently honored his parents by touching their feet and went to Krounch Mountain to live in limbo. His restless and confounded mother Parvati urged her husband Lord Shiva to bring him back. But clever Kartikeya stridden three yojanas further when he came to know about his parents’ arrival. Wise Lord Shiva pierced pillar of light on each mountain or hill wherever he along with his wife stepped to mark the symbol of surety while searching Kartikeya. It is assumed that both deities visit Srisailam Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga on every Amavasya and Poornima.
- Once the princess Chandravati went into the forest of Kadali where she was astounded to witness a Kapila cow of whose milk was springing out of its four udders and sinking into the deep ground. When she dug that place where the Kapila cow gave milk every day, she was amazed to find a Swyambhu Shivalinga from which pious rays of light were emanating and kept on illuminating all direction. She worshipped that shivalinga and eventually, was liberalized from the mundane norms of juggling between birth and death by pleased lord Shiva.
Description of Srisailam Mallikarjuna:
The Srisailam Mallikarjuna temple is built on the bank of river Krishna in which myriads of devotees take holy dip before witnessing pious Jyotirlinga. There is a tower on its right which was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji during Karnataka movement for catering free-meal to the visitors. A bathing Wharf having 852 steps was constructed by a staunch devout of lord Shiva, i.e. Ahilyabai Holkar at the bank of the river Krishna.