Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy temple shall remain closed on December 10, on account of lunar eclipse. The Assistant commissioner of the Srisailam Devasthanam, I. Dhanalakshmi, informed the media on Monday at Srisailam. As per the communiqué the temple shall be closed at 9am on December 10 and shall reopen on December 11 at 4am. The various poojas to the presiding deities shall resume at 6.30am on December 11. Devotees will be allowed into the temple from 6.30am only. The temples at Tiruchanoor and Kanipakam are also to close on December 10.
The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamala Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. It has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries. The prominence of this Divya Kshetram is highlighted by the fact that while performing our daily household rituals we specify place of location of our existence with reference to Srisailam. The presiding Deities of this kshetram Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind.