As an ardent Lord Shiva fan, I’ve always wanted to visit Srisailam, a famous holy place in Andhra Pradesh, an abode of divine energy of Shakti and Shiva. Upon researching a bit more about this place, it came to my knowledge that Srisailam is not far from Hyderabad. So, I decided to visit the town on a weekend with my family by road and booked a reliable Hyderabad to Srisailam taxi.
Trust me when I say that touring this place was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. This ancient town welcomes every tourist with a divine spiritual vibe and engulfs them in divinity and adventure.
From temples that witnessed dynasties fall and flourish to caves formed over time, every place in Srisailam left us mesmerised with their surreal beauty and magnificently rich cultural heritage. To give you a peek into it, below are some places I visited during my spiritual trip to Srisailam.
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, popularly known as Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, is one of the most attractive places to visit in Srisailam, given its vibrant history and spiritual essence. As soon as I entered the temple, I witnessed two shrines devoted to Lord Mallikarjuna and Deity Bhramaramba, an embodiment of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
After talking to the priest here, I found out that this temple is amongst the twelve Jyotirlinga temples in India that is quite famous for its intriguing architecture and renowned Parakaram Wall.
Akka Mahadevi Caves
Akka Mahadevi Caves have naturally formed caverns located in the famous Nallamala Hills. One of the best parts of visiting these caves is the boat ride from the holy Patala Ganga River that lets you immerse in the untouched natural beauty. As I proceeded towards the end of this sacred cave, my guide pointed at the naturally formed Shiv Lingam that made me look in awe at this place.
Bhramaramba Devi Temple
Located on the banks of the famous Krishna river, Bhramaramba Devi Temple is another place I visited in this peaceful town of Srisailam. A key landmark, this temple is one of the 18 Shakthi Peethas in India, devoted to Goddess Bhramarambika (Goddess Parvati).
Famous for its Navratri and the Kumbham festivals, this temple stands tall with its stunning architecture within the premises of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.
After lunch, the next stop on my list was the Shikaresvara Temple in Srisailam. This age-old temple remains situated atop the topmost hill in Srisailam – Sikharam with a height of approximately 2830 feet.
Devoted to Veera Sankara Swamy, an ardent follower of Lord Shiva, this temple is usually visited by many devotees with faith to relieve them of any vices. Upon reaching the highest altitude of this temple, I also witnessed some breathtaking vistas of the Krishna River and other beautiful terrains from this temple.
Hemareddy Mallamma Temple
Hemareddy Mallamma Temple is another famous Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Even though this temple was newly constructed in Srisailam, it still draws hundreds and thousands of devotees everyday. Situated on the western side of Mallikarjuna Temple, it is a perfect place to visit if you want to have a memorable and a spiritual tour.
Whether you are an intense devotee of Lord Shiva or an adventure lover, Srisailam is the perfect combination of spirituality and adventure that you can comfortably tour by booking a car rental in Hyderabad to Srisailam.