Srisailam

Srisailam
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Srisailam, the historical town amid the lush greenery of Nallamala hills, greets every visitor with tranquil environment and refreshing scenic beauty. Blessed to be one of the 12 jyotirlinga and a shaktipeeth, Srisailam is home to many significant temples. Along with main temple of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba Devi Temple , there are many […]

Srisailam, the historical town amid the lush greenery of Nallamala hills, greets every visitor with tranquil environment and refreshing scenic beauty. Blessed to be one of the 12 jyotirlinga and a shaktipeeth, Srisailam is home to many significant temples. Along with main temple of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba Devi Temple , there are many other places to see in Srisailam. The popular place to visit in Srisailam is Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. Built in 14th century, this temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas; it has been mentioned in many ancient Hindu texts. It is located on the Nallamala Hills.

The main deity in this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy. This ancient temple is visited by devotees from all over the world who come to seek Lord Blessings. One of the unique aspect of this temple is that devotees can enter even the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and offer prayers. Another aspect that is worth noticing is the architecture of this temple. The main temple is built in the center of a square shaped courtyard. The main shrine is surrounded various small shrines. It consists of around 116 inscriptions. Stone pillars, exquisitely carved sculptures and the Mukha mandapam make this temple even more alluring.  There are ample of places to see for nature lovers as well.

One such place is the Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary. Also known with the name of Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary, it was declared as a tiger reserve in 1978. One among the largest tiger reserve in the country, it was later renamed in 1992 as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the Nallamala Hills, by the side of River Krishna, this wildlife sanctuary presents alluring scenic beauty as well as boasts of a rich flora and fauna. Some of the wild animals that can be spotted in Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary are tiger, black bucks, sambars, wild boars, spotted deer, panthers, sloth bears, wolves, Indian giant squirrels, etc.

Srisailam Dam is another popular tourist attraction. Every traveller on a Srisailam tour visits this dam to admire its breath-taking beauty. Its impressive structure with 12 radial crest gates and capacity to hold water up to 885 feet is worth watching. Started as a solely power project in 1960, the dam was turned into a multipurpose project by 1987. It is now source of water for surrounding area of around 2000 sq. km. The sight of water gushing in the dam is absolutely stunning, especially after monsoon season. Another popular shrine to visit is the Hatakeswaram Temple, located on the way to Srisailam. It is around 5 km away from the town. Although comparatively small in structure, this temple presents a captivating architecture. Dedicated to Sri Hatakeswara Swamy a form of Lord Shiva, this temple dates back to around 11th or 13th century. As per the legend behind the temple, there lived a potter who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He used to give his food to the pilgrims. To test him, once Lord Shiva appeared in the guise of pilgrim and asked him food. Unfortunately there was no food in his hut so he prayed to Lord to show him a solution. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Shiva appeared in a pot. This gave the name of the temple as Atikeswaram which later became as Hatakeswaram. A visit to this temple is believed to cure devotee of various diseases.

Kadalivanam Caves is also a popular sightseeing place in Srisailam. A place for both nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers as well as devotees, Kadalivanam Caves is sure to add a bit of adventure to your Srisailam Tour. Many ancient Hindu texts have mentioned these caves such as Skanda Purana, Shiva Bhaktha Vijayam, etc. Many ardent devotees of Lord Shiva like Akkamahadevi, Allama Prabhu, etc. To reach these caves, tourists can take AP tourism motor boat to reach Akka Mahadevi Caves and from there they have to walk for a distance of around 12 km. The trek to the cave is surrounding with lush greenery create a tranquil atmosphere.

Map of Srisailam