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Srisaila Devasthanam, Dt, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh 518101
Dedicated to
Aadi Shakti

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Modern additions done by king Harihara I of Vijayanagara ; Veerasheromandapam and Paathalaganga steps was constructed by Reddi Kingdom.

Completed on

1st century A.D

About Srisailam Bharamaramba, Andhra Pradesh

Shaktipītha, literally meaning – the seat of power, in Indian subcontinent stand testament to the
essence of this civilization, the civilization which put mother over God, this civilization where the
mortal remains of a woman have been enshrined for ages, to remind every woman that within
her lies a goddess too. The Shaktipīthas take us to a time that is beyond our comprehension; on
the walls of each shaktipītha temple stories from every age are etched; and on its sacred earth
sādhakas fulfill their Sādhanā till date.
Shaktipīthas unify our country and diversify our culture. They have contributed immensely to the
society that has bloomed around them and the propagation and perpetuation of different
branches of philosophy within Hinduism. Shāktism has subsequently, through these
Shaktipīthas, contributed immensely to the emancipation and upliftment of women.

Legend:
According to Hindu Purānas, the 51 Shaktipīthas were consecrated around the mortal remains of Sati, Shiva’s wife. According to oral traditions and written lore, Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajāpati, who considered Shiva his rival. Sati being an incarnation of Ādi Shakti, despite Her father’s disagreement, married Shiva. To spite Shiva, Daksha organized a grand yajña, and invited all devatas, Brahma, Vishnu and other celestial beings, deliberately leaving out the invitations to His daughter and Shiva. Sati, being wilful and affectionate of Her father, insisted on attending the yajña, despite Shiva’s urging to not go. The result, as anticipated, was disastrous: Daksha Prajāpati, drunk on his arrogance, humiliated Sati in front of all present, by viciously insulting Shiva and disowning Sati. Sati’s indignant and enraged response to this grave offence was the sacrifice of Her own mortal coil by self immolating through Her yogic powers; what followed was the unleashing of Mahādeva’s rage: a dance of terror which spared none in its path. Shiva danced the terrible tandav, holding Sati’s charred body in his arms, which caused great cosmic chaos and forced Vishnu to intervene by blowing a discus into her body, and severing it into 51 pieces. Wherever a part of her body fell, the land became blessed and sacred. And Shiva retreated into the icy caves of his abode, awaiting the return of his beloved. Once an asura named Arunāsura acquired a special boon from Brahma, that no two or four legged individual can kill him. He thought that there is no other being that can kill him so he started causing havoc on earth and abducted and defiled many pious women. Even the Devas were worried by the destruction caused by Arunāsura. All of the victims and devatās prayed to Shakti and invoked her to annihilate the demon. Devī manifested as Bhrmarā,meaning The queen of bees. She was eight armed with thousands of bees surrounding her forming an indestructible aura. All the six legged divine insects – powered by Devī, all of them killed Arunāsura. After annihilating the demon, devotees asked Devī to stay back at the very same spot and grace other devotees. Thus the temple came into existence along with the Mallikārjuna Jyotirlinga.
History:
The temple is mentioned as far as during the 2nd Century AD, as found in the inscriptions saved to the Satavahana Dynasty. The temple is a major pilgrimage centre – housing the Mallikārjuna Jyotirlinga which is also one of the 275 Paadal Peetra Sthalam of Tamil Shaiva traditions. These temples are praised by the 63 Nayanmars in the Thiruthondar purānam aka Periyapurānam composed by Sekkizhar. The temple is also mentioned as a powerful Shaktipītha. It has a Śrīchakra indicating the formidable presence of Śrīvidyā traditions in the area.

Architecture of Srisailam Bharamaramba, Andhra Pradesh

The temple is constructed in Dravidian Architecture type. It has four gopuram i.e, ornamental gateways. The temple premises has many sub-shrines of which and Bharamarāmbā are the most prominent. The temple also has a gigantic monolithic Nandi in front of the Shivalingam.

How to reach Srisailam Bharamaramba, Andhra Pradesh?

By Train: Nearest railway station-Markapur Railway Station
By Air: Nearest airport – Hyderabad
By Bus: Buses available from Hyderabad and Tirupati

Srisailam Bharamaramba, Andhra Pradesh Timings

4:30 AM to 10:00 PM

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