The main industrial attraction for the students who are going for a visit at Mallikarjun is Srisailam Hydro Electric Project across river Krishna, it is the 2nd largest capacity hydroelectric project in the country. It is 512 m (1,680 ft) long, 145 m (476 ft) high and has 12 radial crest gates. It has a reservoir of 800 km2 (310 sq mi). The left bank power station houses 6 × 150 MW reversible Francis-pump turbines (for pumped-storage) and the right bank contains 7 × 110 MW Francis-turbine generators.
Srisailam, situated in the Rishabgiri Hills on the southern banks of the Krishna River in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, is not only a sacred destination of top order; it also ranks high as a centre of religion, literature and culture. Also known as Sriparvata, the place is home to famous Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India and a fine specimen of the south Indian temple architecture. What makes Srisailam unique the presence of Goddess Bhramaramba Devi, one of the eighteen Mahasakthis. The great religious leader Aadi Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here.
Sights to See
Located at a height of 2830 feet, this most sacred spot is the highest peak of Srisailam Hills. The Sikhareswaram temple is an ancient stone structure consisting of Garbhagriha, Antaralaya and 16 pillared Mukhamanda. The deity here is named as Veera Sankara Swamy and locally popularized as Sikhareswara Swamy. This place gives a panoramic view of the entire temple complex of Srisailam including the meandering river Krishna.
When Siva 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).
located about 4 Km from the main temple, this inviting scene spot in surroundings of Srisailam is famous for the spot where Bhagavan Adisankara performed penance and composed his famous work Sivanandalahari here. This has been confirmed by Kanchi Paramacharya and marble statues of Sarada Devi and Sankaracharya have been installed there and daily regular prayers are offered.
- Srisailam Hydro Power Project
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Situated about 3 km from Srisailam, this small temple is one of the holy spots frequented by pilgrims since times immemorial. Legend has it that the Ganapathi in this temple keeps regular account of all the devotees to tender Sakshyam (evidence) of their visit to this Kshetram and so named as Sakshi Ganapathi
The Nallamalai Hill ranges are dotted with several natural caves and caverns which were known to human beings since the prehistoric times. Some of these caves became more famous and played a role in the significance of Srisailam. The naturally formed Akkamahadevi Caves just above the flow of the river Krishna upstream is 10 km away from Srisailam. This cave is endowed with a geological marvel of natural Rock Arch measuring nearly 200 x 16 x 4 feet which stands majestically without any support.
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- 232 km from Hyderabad
- 325 km from Anantapur
- 180 km from Kurnool
- 180 km from Nagarjunasagar
- 436 km from Tirupati
- 614 km from Vishakapaptnam
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