Part of Maa Sati’s neck fell here. This place is located in Andhra Pradesh and is a very famous pilgrimage spot. The idol of Devi is in the form of Maha Lakshmi and Shiva as Shambaranand Bhairav. Lord Shiva is also called as “Mallikharjuna Swamy” and Maa is known as “Brahmaraambika”. This is a very famous divine tourist spot and is one of the only 12 Jyotir Linga Shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva throughout India.
Srisailam is located deep in the Nallamala forest and there is no train route. But, AP State Road Transport Corporation Super luxury buses are available directly from Hyderabad and Vijayawada.
Bhramaramba Shaktipeeth is situated in the campus of Mallikarjuna Swami temple (Jyotirling). Srisailam is known as Siddhi kshetra. There is a Jyotirlinga and a Shakti Peetha at Srisailam. It is considered by the ancient Indians as the point of reference to locate any place in the world.
The temple of Mallikarjuna Swamy is old and very big. The temple of Devi Bhramaramba is present in the campus. A temple of (Uma devi) Ardhanariswara is also presesnt in the campus. There is a Shiva Linga of Vriddha Mallikarjuna in the campus. There is a Triphala vriksha in the campus, under which the great Rishi Agastya resides in hidden form. Previously Guru Dattatreya appeared under this tree. There are some Kundams(Small wells) in the campus. The water of Manohara kundam is used for Shivabhisheka. The temple is situated on the south bank of Krishna River in Nallamalai forest. ‘Bhramara‘ means ‘bee‘ and goddess Bhramarambika is ( Parvati), the consort of Lord Mallikarjuna (Shiva). She is said to have assumed the form of a bee and worshiped him. The Goddess is worshiped as Brahmani Shakti. Legend says that one can get mukti by taking birth at Srisailam. The sanctum of the temple, a shell-like structure, enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna.
Bhramaramba (Bhramari) means the Mother of bees. Once upon a time, a demon named Arunaasura ruled the whole world. Chanting Gayatri mantra, he performed Tapasya for a very long time, and pleased Lord Brahma. Arunaasura, wished that he should not be killed by two feeted and four feeted creatures. Lord Brahma granted his wish. With this wish of Arunaasura, Devathas were worried and prayed Adi Shakti. She appeared and told that, Arunaasura is her devote and can,t be killed unless he stops worshiping her. As per the plan of Devathas, Brihaspathi(Jupiter), the Deva guru meets Arunaasura. The demon wondered and asked Brihaspathi the reason for his visit. Brihaspathi told him that, as both of them worship the same deity, the Gayatri, there is no wonder if he meets him. Arunaasura felt ashamed of himself for worshiping Gayatri, who is also being worshiped by Devathas and stopped worshiping her. With this Adi Shakti became angry and took the form of Bhramari / Bhramarambika. She created innumerable bees, which have six legs. These bees killed Arunaasura and his whole army within seconds.
Mallikarjuna is the name of Lord Shiva in the town of Sri Sailam near the town of Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India. The temple is rich in carvings and architectural wealth. Adi Shankara is supposed to have composed his great poem called “Shivananda Lahari” at this temple. The legend concerning this temple is connected with Karthikeya, the son of Shiva. He had left Kailasa and gone to stay on a hill in south India. Parvati was bereft at the departure of her son and begged Shiva to take her there. Kartikeya refused to let them live on his own hill so Shiva and Parvati took up their residence on the hill at Sri Saila from which spot they could pay periodic visits to their beloved son. An interesting thing here is the sound of buzzing which seems to come from within the granite wall at the back of the temple. Bees are supposed to have made their home here but they have never harmed any of the devotees. The Mallikarjuna Linga is accessible to each and every devotee and anybody can go into the sanctum sanctorum of Mallikarjuna, touch him and perform Abhishekam and Archana himself to recitation of Mantras by Archakas without caste or creed or religion. This clearly reveals that socialistic pattern of society started from this place and it is still in existence.