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Temples & Legends Of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples


Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti


Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




Among the numerous bas-reliefs that were built on the outer side of the courtyard there are two panels, which illustrate this legend in stone.

There is another legend concerning the origin of this temple, among the tribal population, called Chenchus, who live in this part of the hills. According to this legend prevalent among the Chenchu tribes, Lord Siva came once to Srisailam on a hunting expedition, and fell in love with a beautiful Chenchu woman, whom he married, and who used to accompany him in his hunting expeditions to the neigh boring forests. Hence even today Lord Mallikarjuna is known among these tribes as "Chenchu Malliah." This tribal legend is beautifully borne out by an interesting bas-relief, on the prakara of the temple, in which a tiger is shown as being killed by Lord Siva with a thrust of his trident. In this Lord Siva is shown as being followed by Parvati dressed as a forest woman with arrows and four dogs. It is Interesting to note, that the Chenchus have free permission, even today, to go into any part of the temple, Including the Garbha Griha, enshrining the sacred Linga. It is in fact this tribal people, which help to drag the car in the big ratha festival of the temple and also at other minor services within the temple.

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Srisailam Temple: bas-Reliefs on outer prakara of Puranic Stories and martial Scenes

About Srisailam

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