Mallikarjuna Swamy

Mallikarjuna swamy temple


Things You Didn’t Know About Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Located in Andhra Pradesh, Mallikarjuna Swamy temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas; the Hindu temples specifically built to the importance to Lord Shiva. Traditionally, the temple comes at second place on the list of twelve Jyotirlingas, which however doesn’t mean they should be visited in the sequence. The list of twelve temples dedicated to Lord Shiva is as follows:

  1. Somnath Temple
  2. Mallikarjun Temple
  3. Mahakaleshwara Temple
  4. Omkareshwar Temple
  5. Kedarnath Temple
  6. Vaidyanath Temple
  7. Bhimashankar Temple
  8. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  9. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
  10. Rameshwaram Temple
  11. Nageshwar Temple
  12. Grishneshwar Temple


Stories associated with the temple

The Jyotirlinga legend says that Shiva emerged on the spot as a ray of light and this led to the importance of the place. As per the legend, the temple is also believed to be associated with the two children of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The tradition holds that these two deities came to this place to find brides for their sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. Although it is a smaller Jyotirlinga in comparison with others, it is the most visited pilgrimage in Andhra Pradesh for its sacredness.

What does mythology say?

As per mythology, once Lord Brahma (the creator of the universe) and Lord Vishnu (the God of Harmony) got involved in a tough argument on who holds superiority in creation of the world. Lord Shiva couldn’t put end to this argument easily and went ahead to test both by penetrating the three worlds as an endless pillars of light, which were called Jyotirlingas. During this test, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were assigned separate directions to find the end of light in either upward or downward direction.

What’s the specialty of the temple?

Each Jyotirlinga temples have different expressions of Lord Shiva, but the idol of Lingam is believed to the controlling deity in all Jyotirlinga temples. Lingam symbolizes the infinite nature of Shiva, as it represents the beginning less and endless. The temple faces the east direction and is abode to main deity Lingam.


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