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Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga



Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga


Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh 528101

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is a special temple in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, dedicated to Lord Shiva. People believe that this is the place where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati lived together on a sacred mountain. This temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which are considered really important in Hinduism. According to the scriptures, the divine form of Lord Shiva is present in Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, which shows his association with Goddess Parvati. People come to this temple to seek blessings of good life, happiness in relationships and liberation from the cycle of life and death. Coming here and worshiping brings sweetness in relationships with the blessings of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. This temple looks very beautiful with its carvings and sculptures. Every year, during Maha Shivaratri, there is a big festival at Mallikarjuna Temple. Pilgrims come from various places to pray to Lord Shiva and honor him with rituals that last throughout the night. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is not just a place of worship; According to Hindu beliefs, it also reminds of the eternal presence of Lord Shiva and the balanced nature of the universe.

History Of Temple:

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankar. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is located in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh state of India. This temple of Lord Shiva is situated on Shail Parvat on the banks of Krishna River. This mountain is also called Sri Shail Parvat. Among all the Shaktipeeths, Maha Shaktipeeth Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple is considered more sacred.

According to the scriptures, Shri Shail Parvat has great importance for Hindus and it is considered very sacred. The person who worships and worships Lord Shiva on this mountain gets the same results as the Ashwamedha Yagya and by the grace of Lord Shiva, all the sorrows of that person are destroyed. In Shiv Purana, the meaning of Mallikarjuna has been explained that Mallika means Mother Parvati and Arjun means Lord Shiva.


Legend of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga: Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati have 2 sons named Shri Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. One day, Lord Ganesha and Karthikeya were fighting among themselves to get married and while fighting, both of them went to their parents to resolve the dispute.

When Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati asked the reason for the quarrel, they said that they were quarreling over the issue of who would get married first.Hearing this, Mother Parvati told the two brothers to resolve the dispute that the one who returns first after circling the earth will be the first to get married. Hearing this from Mother Parvati, Kartikeya ji left the moment he completed circling the earth.

Lord Kartikeya's vehicle is a peacock and Lord Ganesha's vehicle is a rat but Lord Ganesha was very intelligent. When Kartikeya left from there to revolve around the earth, Ganesh ji thought for some time and then requested his parents to sit at a place somewhere. After that, he revolved around his parents 7 times so that he could get the results of revolving around the earth and win the bet.

Seeing his wisdom, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati were very happy and Ganesh ji was married. When Kartikeya ji returned after completing the circumambulation of the earth, he felt very sad to see the marriage of Ganesh ji. At the same time, Kartikeya ji touched the feet of his parents and left from there. When Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva came to know that Kartikeya ji got angry and left from there, they sent Narad ji to Kartikeya to convince him. Narada Muni ji reached Kraunch mountain to convince Kartikeya ji and tried a lot to convince him. But Kartikeya ji did not listen to Narad ji and in the end, being disappointed, Narad ji went back empty handed and Narad ji came back to Kailash and narrated the whole story to Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva.

Hearing this, Mother Parvati reached Kraunch mountain with Lord Shiva to convince Kartikeya. Hearing the news of the arrival of his parents, Lord Kartikeya ji went 12 miles away from that place, then Lord Shiva appeared there in the form of Jyotirlinga and since then that place has become famous as Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. It is also said that Mother Parvati comes there every full moon day and Lord Shiva comes there every new moon day in love for her son.


Built by the Maharaja of Vijayanagara: About five hundred years ago, Maharaja Krishnarai of Sri Vijayanagar had reached here. He had also built a beautiful pavilion here, whose peak was made of gold. One hundred and fifty years after him, Maharaj Shivaji also reached Kraunch mountain to have darshan of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga.

He had built an excellent Dharamshala for travelers at a short distance from the temple. Many Shivalingas are found on this mountain. A fair is held here on the day of Mahashivratri. There is also a place of Jagadamba near the temple. Here Mother Parvati is called ‘Bhramaramba’. Five kilometers below the hill of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is the famous Krishna river known as Patalganga, the importance of taking a bath is mentioned in the scriptures.

Timing Of Temple:

Morning time: The temple usually opens at 4:30 am.

The early hours provide a calm and peaceful environment for the devotees to start their day with prayers and worship. Darshan of the Lord early in the morning is considered highly auspicious.

Afternoon time: After the morning session, the temple closes for a few hours in the afternoon. Devotees are encouraged to tour the surroundings or indulge in other religious activities during this break.

Evening time: The temple reopens in the evening, usually around 4:00 pm. Evening rituals and aarti (formal worship with lights) take place during this time.

Night time: The last darshan of the day is allowed till around 9:00 pm. Then the temple closes for the night, marking the end of the daily puja program.

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