Siva Mallikarjuna temple – The gem of Andhra Pradesh

Greetings, this is Shiva Mallikarjuna temple. This delightful construction is a work of art of Architectural workmanship and figures done in the Dravidian style of engineering. Situated at Basara close to Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India, it was worked by the Kings of Guntur during the twelfth century AD. It has been pronounced as a secured landmark by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

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Shiva Mallikarjuna Temple Srisailam


According to mythology Lord Shiva and Parvati looked for brides for their two sons Lord Ganesha was married to buddhi, Riddhi, Siddhi. After coming home the other son of lord shiva and Parvati Kartikeya left Mount Kailash enraged by this marriage and Kartikeya started living nearby due to this Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati came to srisailam.

The temple houses a Mallikarjuna Idol which portrays Siva as a Lingam, subsequently bestowing a promise to every one of the individuals who pay regard. The lovely specialty of model and design is very much shown in the Gopuram or the fundamental passageway pinnacle to the temple.

Shiva Mallikarjuna Temple Architecture

Shiva Mallikarjuna temple is surrounded by a large structure known as the Garbhagriha or sanctum. The temple can be easily accessed from any direction by means of a flight of steps to the Garbhagriha. The entrance side of the shrine faces east and one can obtain the darshan of Lord Siva.

The two smaller temples to the right and left of Mallikarjuna were built by members of the Royal family during the 11th century AD. The architectural designs are so well integrated that on entering into any portion of the temple, one would not feel disoriented or out of place. The temple has a non-vegetarian kitchen that is used for the preparation of Prasadam.

The shrine where Mallikarjuna is housed is considered the oldest in the temple, dating back to the 7th century. There is a Sahasra linga (1000 linga), believed to have been commissioned by Rama, and five other lingams believed to have been commissioned by Pandavas. A mirror hall in the first precinct has images of Nataraja.

If you visit India, you will find many historical buildings and great structures made during 2000-5000 years ago which are so much better than those made today. This proves that people used to be more artistic and talented in ancient times or rather these things are miracles not created by man.

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