is situated on mountain named Shri Shaila by the banks
of the Patal Ganga, Krishna river in the state of
Andhra Pradesh of Southern India. It is also known
as Kailash of the south. It is said that if a person
simply sees the tip of the mountain he will be freed
of all his sins and worries. He will also be freed
from the cycle of life and death. The architecture
of this temple where this Jyotirlinga is situated
is very beautiful with delicate structural design.
whole area is full of forests of Kadali, Bilva trees,
mountain ranges and Patalaganga (Krishnaveni river).
All of them echo from these joyous voices of devotees.
story behind the Jyotirlinga is very famous. When
Shri Ganesha got married before Kartikeya, Kartikeya
got very angry and went away to the Kraunch Mountain.
All gods including Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
tried to console and bring back Kartikeya. But all
in vain. At last Shiv-Parvati themselves went to the
mountain. Hearing that his parents are coming he went
even further away. Eventually Lord Shiva assumed the
form of a Jyotirlinga and resided on the mountain
by the name of Mallikarjuna. Mallika means Parvati
while Arjuna is another name of Lord Shiva.
architecture of the temple is very beautiful and intricate.
Every year there is a fair organised on account of
Mahashivratri, Just adjacent to the temple is another
holy shrine of Goddess Jagdamba Here she is known
Temple of Tripurantakam, Siddavatam, Alampura and
Umamaheswaram located in the vicinity of Mallikarjuna
Jyotirlina are considered to be the four gateways
to Sri Sailam. Bhramaramba Shrine Located adjacent
to the Mallikarjun Temple is a shrine dedicated to
Goddess Jagdamba who is known as Bhramaramba here.
The Bhramaramba shrine is considered to be of great
significance. Legend has it that Durga is said to
have assumed the shape of a bee and worshipped Shiva
here, and chose this place as her abode.