Sri Sailam is a holy town and mandal, situated in Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located on the banks of River Krishna, about 232 km south of Hyderabad.
Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy (a form of Shiva) and Devi Bhramaramba (a form of Parvathi) is located here and it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Srisailam Dam, located about 245 km from Hyderabad and 132 km from Nandyal is a multipurpose dam has been built across River Krishna and caters to the irrigation and power needs of the state. The origins of this temple have been lost in antiquity. The Skanda Purana has a chapter called Srisaila Kandam dedicated to it, which points to the ancient origin. This is confirmed also by the fact that saints of the past millennia have sung praises of this temple. It is said that Adi Sankara visited this temple and at that time he composed his Sivananda Lahiri.
Srisailam is referenced in the ancient Hindu Puranas, and the epic Mahabharata.
Shiva's sacred bull Nandi is said to have performed penance at the Mahakali temple till Shiva and Parvati appeared before him as Mallikarjuna and Brahmaramba. The temple is one of the 12 hallowed jyotirlingas; Lord Rama himself installed the Sahasralinga, while the Pandavas lodged the Panchapandava lingas in the temple courtyard.
Heroic legends from the Mahabharata and Ramayana are sculpted in stone on the temple walls and the Mahabharata epic refers to Srisailam as Sri Parvata - the blessed hill. You can hear the buzzing of a bee through a tiny hole in the Brahmaramba temple, where Parvati, in the form of a bee, slew the demon Mahisasura.
It also gained prominence in the twelfth century due to Sharana Movement and Vachana Sahitya headed by Basavanna. According to legends one of the srisailam caves is said to be the place where the most famous poet and social reformer Akka Mahadevi is said to have achieved salvation.Akka mahadevi caves
Akka mahadevi caves During 12th Century A.D. this cave appears to have attained it’s present name Akka Mahadevi caves after the famous ascetic, lyricist and philosopher, Akka Mahadevi who hailed from Karnataka. It is known that Akka Mahadevi did penance in this cave and worshipped the Sivalinga naturally existed in the deep and dark end of the cave.
The A.P. Tourism Department has arranged Motor Boat to see the said caves.
 Srisailam Dam
Srisailam Dam is 512 m long on the Krishna River and is set amidst beautiful natural scenery - ghats, cliffs, craggy ridges, plateaus and dense forests. It has twelve crest gates to hold a maximum water level of 885 ft (270 m) It has a live storage of 274 thousand million cubic feet (TMC). This reservoir was originally designed for hydropower generation only but was later converted to a multi-purpose facility for water supply and irrigation.
Due to the construction of Srisailam Hydro Electric Project across river Krishna nearly 102 villages in both Kurnool and Mahboobnagar Districts located all along the banks of the rivers Krishna, Tungabhadra, Bhavanasi and their tributaries were submerged
 Srisailam Sanctuary
Srisailam also boasts of one of the largest Tiger Reserves in India. actually Srisailam is located in forest of nallamalai. This sanctuary covers an area of 3568 km²). The terrain is rugged and winding gorges slice through the area. This area is covered by dry deciduous forests with scrub and bamboo thickets.
These forests provide shelter to a range of animals like the tiger, leopard, deer, sloth bear, hyena, jungle cat, palm civet, bonnet macaque and pangolin.
The down waters Srisailam dam is home to a variety of crocodiles. The local government supports a breeding program which has been highly successful.
 Hemareddy Mallamma Temple at Srisailam
Hemareddy Mallamma Temple at Srisailam is Being Inaugurated on 26 May 2010. The Temple is built at Hemareddy Mallamma Kaneeru at Srisailam by Karnataka Veerashiva Reddy Samaj in adjoining ashram we can also see the place where she lived with cows etc .The place is a holy place and lakhs of pilgrims pray at this temple. The temple is situated about a half kilometer on the western side of the Mallikarjuna Temple Serene Srisailam, 232 km south of Hyderabad is situated on the banks of river Krishna. The 512 meter long Srisailam dam located here is surrounded by natural beauty. On the south bank of the Krishna river, in the Nallamalai forest, on a 457 meter high hill is the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy temple, it is one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in India.
The temple is also the seat of Mahakali in the form of Bhramaramba. It is said the Vrishabha, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva performed penance here. Lord Shiva appeared before him, with his consort Parvati in the forms of Mallikarjuna and Bharamaramba. A massive fort, with 6 meter high wall encloses the temple.
A cluster of minor shrines within the temple enclosure include the Sahasra Linga, Panchapandava temples and Vata Vriksha. The most appealing feature of this temple is that anyone of any cast and creed, can touch the deity and worship here.
At Sikharam, the highest of the Srisailam hills, is Sikhareswara Swamy, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another beautiful temple is Sri Ganapathi temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Srisailam wildlife sanctuary, which covers areas in five adjoining districts, has tigers, panthers, spotted deer, giant squirrels, great lizards, pangolins, crocodiles, civets and a varieties of snakes.
The Brahmarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy temple houses one of India's twelve Jyotirlingas (natural stone formations in the shape of a linga). Built in the 14 th century, the temple walls are carved with depictions of elephants, hunting scenes and Lord Shiva in different manifestations.
Apart from the main temple, there are other places that are well worth a visit • Pandava Pratistitha Lingas where legend has it that the Pandavas worshipped Lord Mallikarjuna • Thriphaleswara Tree which is believed to bless childless couples • Nava Brahmalayams which depict various manifestations of Lord Shiva • Mallika Gundam, a well that devotees believe has medicinal properties • Vridda Mallikarjuna, where an aged linga is worshipped • Sita Pratistitha Linga, an attractive linga believed to have been installed by Goddess Sita • Sri Brahmarambha Devi Temple, one of the 18 Sakti Pitas • Sankaramutt, which conducts a Vedic school• Arana Veereswara Temple • Bayalu Veerabhadra Swamy Temple • Ankalamma Temple • Shivaji Spurti Kendra, where Chatrapati Shivaji had stayed • Patala Ganga Bath Ghats.
Around Srisailam are many other places to visit • Sikhareswaram, site of the Sikhareswara Swamy temple on the highest peak in the Nallamalai Hills • Hatakeswaram, a temple of Lord Shiva • Paladhara and Panchadhara are natural springs flowing at a spot where Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have performed penance • Sivanandalahari temple of Sakthi Ganapati • Srisailam Project which is one of the biggest hydel projects, with the dam stretching 512 metres.
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