andhra pradesh,  Travel

The Mallikarjuna jyotirlinga temple, Srisailam

My previous post was about our travel to Srisailam and what else you can do apart from visiting the main temple. After wandering around Srisailam, it was time to visit the temple and take the blessings of Lord Shiva. As said in the previous post there are 12 jyotirlinga temples in India and this was the first jyotirlinga that I visited. I reached the Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple at 4:30 PM. The temple opens at 5:45 PM. So, I decided to explore the place around the temple till then.

The area around the temple is well maintained and we can sit in the parks made around the temple and feel the serenity of the place. Meanwhile, I visited to know more about the temple. The main temple was built by the Vijayanagara king, Harihararaya – II in the year 1405 AD. To read more you can visit their website.
The temple campus is fortified by a tall wall made of big rocks and the rocks had some unique art carved on them. I’m sure they might be telling some kind of stories but I’m not a storyteller, You can yourself look at the picture of a few of the rocks and see if you could find anything interesting.
Walls of the temple  complex

Why you should visit Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple

It is said people visit this temple when they are facing a bad marriage or are about to get married. Seems like the temple is known for blessing people with good marital relationships. But, I was not there to seek blessing in this matter rather my visit was just to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva and to tick off the place from my list


    • Cameras and mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple. We have to deposit the mobile phone outside the temple, for which they charged ₹5.
    • Usually, the temple is very crowded, Thousand of devotees come every day to take the blessings of lord shiva. There is a long queue outside the main entrance. To avoid the long queue we can buy fast track entry pass by paying ₹150.
Entrance to Mallikarjuna Temple

On enquiring, I found out that normal entry takes a lot of time to enter the temple (2-3 hours). Hence, I also took the fast track entry pass to enter the temple, It hardly took 30 mins to enter the temple. The temple complex is really awesome and well maintained, I wish I could take the camera inside the temple complex to capture its beauty. I think the evening time is the best time to visit the temple.
After coming out of the temple, don’t forget to take the famous laddoo Prasad. One piece of laddoo costs ₹15.
As there is no place to lit diyas inside the temple, we can do it in front of the main entrance, after exiting the temple complex

People Lighting Diyas outside Mallikarjuna Temple

How to reach Mallikarjuna jyotirlinga temple

There are multiple roads that take us to srisailam. If you are planning a visit to Mallikarjuna jyotirlinga from other parts of the country. Then, you should first reach Hyderabad via train or flight. From Hyderabad you need to get a bus or just book a cab. For return journey to Hyderbad we can get buses as well as shared cabs from the Srisailam bus stop. The last bus from srisailam to Hyderabad leaves at 8 PM.

Also Read:- Kayaking in Hyderabad near Ananthagiri

One Comment

  • Archit

    Beautiful place. We had a trip to Srisailam for 2 days

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