Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga – 2nd Temple of 12 Jyotirlingas & Shakti Peetha of goddess Parvati

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is situated in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh is one of 12 Jyotirlingas and one of the eighteenth Shakti Peethas of goddess Parvati (Goddess of Shakti).

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple

It is situated on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport in Hyderabad, located 156 kilometres away, next option is 199 km away from Vijayawada airport (VGA), Vijayawada. From here you can reach Mallikarjun via bus or taxi. Here is the nearest railway station, Cumbum railway station, which is 60 kilometres away from Srisailam and is well connected with all the major cities of the country. Buses are readily available to bus station named Srisailam.

History of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

The story related to Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga in Purana is as follows- Once the two sons of Shiva-Parvati Kartikeya and Ganesh started arguing over who should get married first. Kartikeya said that he was big, so his marriage should be first, but Shri Ganesh wanted to get married earlier. Both of them reached their parents to decide the dispute. Their parents said that there will a competition in the both of you who will come back after orbiting the earth, he will be married first.

Upon hearing the condition, Kartikeya ji began to Journey around the earth. On another side Shree Ganesh Ji thought how could he win quickly? There was a huge problem in front of Ganesha. But Ganesha was an ocean of intelligence. He had some thoughts and urged his mother Parvati and father Devadhadev Maheshwar to sit on a seat. After both sat together, Ganesha conducted his seven parikramas around his parents, and then worshipped them duly.

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple Images

Seeing his clever intellect, both Shiva and Parvati were very pleased and they permitted Ganesha to marry first. By the time Swami Kartikeya came back after completing the journey around the whole earth, Ganesha was already married to Sidhi and Ridhi daughters of Vishwaroop Prajapati. Not only this Ganesha was the father of two sons “Shubh” and “Labh”.

Swami Kartikeya got upset after hearing the news of Ganesha’s son’s. Angry with this episode, Kartik followed the courtesy and touched the feet of his parents and separated from his parents. Kartikeya started living on far Mount Kraunja in the name of Kumarabrahmachari.

Shiva and Parvati sent Devshi Narada to Mount Kraunja to convince Kartikey to come back. Devshi Narada tried to persuade Swami in many ways, but he did not come back. Mother Parvati became disturbed by this and she went to Mount Kraunja with Lord Shiva. Here Swami Kartikeya got the information about the arrival of his parents in Kraunja Mountains and he went 36km away from there. On the departure of Kartikeya, Lord Shiva appeared in Mount Kraunja in form of  Jyotirlinga. Since then it came to known as ‘Mallikarjuna’ Jyothirlinga. ‘Mallika’ is the name of Mata Parvati, while ‘Arjun’ is called Lord Shankar. In this way, the name ‘Mallikarjuna’ has become famous in the world of Jyotirlinga.


The architectural design of the ‘Mallikarjuna’

There are some other stories as well that are associated with Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. After conducting a good survey of this temple, archaeologists have speculated that its construction work is about two thousand years old.

The engrossing structural design of the ancient Mallikarjun Temple is very attractive and intricate. The temple is huge and is spread over 2 hectares and four entry towers(Tripurantakam, Siddavatam, Alampura and Umamaheswaram) known as gopurams. The two main and important shrines are of Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba amongst many other shrines. Temple is facing east. The temple is enclosed by lofty walls measuring 183 m (600 ft) by 152 m (499 ft) and 8.5 m (28 ft).

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple Images

The massive temple is constructed in the Dravidian style with supercilious towers and extensive courtyards and is considered to be one of the supreme examples of Vijayanagar architecture. The major revolutionize of the temple was done during the time of the King Harihara of Vijayanagar emperor.


Best time to visit Mallikarjuna Shaktipeeth?

Summers are not good options due to high temperature and high humidity levels. November to February are the great months to visit when temperatures are between 15 to 20°C.


What to See near Mallikarjuna Temple in Srisailam?

16km away in the deep forest is situated Ista Kameswari Temple. A safari will be a god choice to go into.

Akkamahadevi Caves in Srisailam is another place to visit. The destination is achieved via Patala Ganga using a boat.

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple Images

Other few temples are Tripuranthakam Temple, Siddhavatam Temple, Alampur Temple, Umamaheswaram Temple, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Sakshi Ganapati Temple, Hathakesvara Temple, Shikareswara Temple


What to eat and stay during Mallikarjuna Darshan?

A variety of foods are available here: in Temple, restaurants and streets.

There are many budget hotels in the city so there is no issue.


Pooja Timing’s in Mallikarjuna Mahadev Temple

  • Mangalavaidyams – 4.30 AM
  • Pratahkalapuja, Gopuja and Maha Mangala Harathi – 5.15 AM
  • Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas – 6.30 AM
  • Alankara Darshanam – 1.00 PM
  • Mangalavaidyams – 4.30 PM
  • Pradoshakalapuja – 4.50 PM
  • Susandhyam and Maha Mangala Harathi – 5.20 PM
  • Rajopachara puja – 5.50 PM
  • Darshanam, Abhishekam and Archanas – 6.20 PM
  • Naivedya samayam – 7.00 PM
  • Dharma Darshanam – 9.00PM

Festivals Celebrated at Mallikarjuna

  • Mahashivratri – February
  • Ganesh Festival or Ganesh Chaturthi – August or September
  • Diwali – October or November
  • Dussehra – October or November
  • Pongal – January
  • Ekantha Seva – 9.30 PM


Telegu is the standard language used here as it is a small town in Andhra Pradesh. It is also the official language used here. People do understand Hindi and English but however, communication may be hard as very few people may speak any other languages apart from Telegu and you might have to judge by using use hand and sign gestures to get the point. Srisailam is one of the amazing pilgrimages of India and a must in must to visit list.

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