Sri Sailam (Sri Mallikarjunam)
is situated in Andhra Pradesh. It has been constructed in the traditional
Dravidian style. This sthalam, along with Thiruppudaimarudur near
Ambasamudram and Thiruvidaimarudur is considered an Arjuna Shetram.
The three Saivaite
saints Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar and Sundarar have sung in
praise of this Lord. Adi Sankarar is said to have composed the Sivananda
Lahari at this sthalam.
presiding deities are Mallikarjunar and Brahmaramba. Lord Nandikeswarar
in the form of a mountain is considered to be holding up Lord Siva.
Mallikarjunam has been mentioned in the Thevaram as Paruppadam. The
lord is hence known as Paruppadanayagan & the devi Paruppadanayagi.
The theertham is known as Paruppadatheertham.
and Parvathi decided to find suitable brides for their sons, Ganesha and
Muruga argued as to who is to get wedded first. Lord Siva bade that
the one who goes round the world in Pradakshinam could get married first.
By the time Lord Muruga could go round the world on his vahana, Lord Ganesha
went round his parents 7 times (for according to Sastras, going in pradakshinam
round one's parents is equivalent to going once round the world (Boopradakshinam).
Lord Siva got Siddhi & Buddhi, the daughtersof Viswaroopan married
to Lord Ganesha.
on his return was enraged and went away to stay alone on Mount Kravunja
in the name of Kumarabrahmachari. On seeing his father coming over
to pacfy him, he tried to move to another place, but on the request of
the Devas, stayed closeby. The place where Lord Siva and Parvathi
stayed came to be known as Sri Sailam. Lord Siva visits Lord Muruga
on Amavasai day & Parvathi Devi on Pournami.
is situated facing East. The centre mandapam has sveral pillars,
with a huge idol of Nadikeswarar. Ambal's sannadhi is to the west
of Iswaran Sannadhi. River Krishna runs along the foothills.
Since it runs underground during parts of its journey, It is known as Paadaala
Gangai. Devotees believe in a darshan of the the Sri Saila Sikaram
from the Sikareswarar temple situated six miles from Sri Sailam.