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Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple


Located in a town called Srisailam in Telangana is a renowned Hindu temple known as Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is considered to be one among the “12 jyotirlingas” that exist in the country. It is also considered to be amongst the eighteen Shakti Peethas in the country and, was initially worshipped by a tribe known as “Chenchu”. Important travel information related to this temple linked to the “concept of jyotirlinga” is as follows.


a. Best time to visit:

The ideal time to visit this temple is during winter which begins in November and ends in March with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.

b. How to reach Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple?

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Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Map

1. By train:

The closest railway station to this temple is located in Cumbum. The Cumbum Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the state.

2. By road:

There are a number of bus services from Srisailam that connect to major cities and towns in the country. Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam are starting points located in close proximity to Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.

a. How to reach Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple  from Hyderabad : The shortest route to reach Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple  from Hyderabad  is via NH163 as depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.

b. How to reach Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple  from Visakhapatnam : There fastest route from Visakhapatnam to Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is via AH45 and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.

3. By air:

The nearest airport to this temple is located in Begumpet in Hyderabad. The Begumpet Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.

c. Religious significance:

This temple is supposed to have been built about six centuries back by King Harihara Raya of Vijaynagar.  According to a myth Lord Shiva while on a hunting expedition happened to visit the forest in Srisailam. It was during this visit that he fell in love with girl belonging to the Chenchu tribe and decided to stay back in the forest. This girl he fell in love with it turned out to be none other than Parvati herself.  Yet another legend states that it was a princess named Chandravati who discovered a Siva Linga (which appeared nice and bright similar to the sun) in Srisailam. As result of which she then worshipped this Siva Linga or Jyotirlinga and then constructed a Shiva temple. It is this temple that is popularly known as “Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple” as of today.

Accommodation – Hotels, Resorts and Home Stays in and around Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple:

Click on the link here to check out the places to stay near Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Telangana  on Google Maps.



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