Story of a wonderful Jyotirlinga Mallikarjuna

It is said that just by seeing Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, all your wishes are fulfilled. Do you know the story of the origin of this amazing Jyotirlinga? If not then don’t be disappointed, this blog is for you only.
So without any delay let’s move towards our story-

Once upon a time, Shri Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya were arguing as to who was bigger? Actually the thing was that the one who is elder will get married first. While arguing, both of them came before Mother Parvati and Lord Bholenath. After listening to both of them, Lord Shiva said that who is bigger among you two, will be decided on one condition that whoever will be the first to circumambulate this earth and return to Kailash. Will be elder and will be the first to get married. Hearing this condition, Kartikeya sat on his vehicle Peacock and set out to circumambulate the earth. On the other hand, Lord Ganesha whose vehicle was the mouse. Now how far should the mice go? Meanwhile, Ganesh ji thought of an idea and started circling his parents. He did this sequence seven times. Lord Shiva was very pleased with this incident and got Ganesha married to Riddhi and Siddhi, the two daughters of Vishwaroop Prajapati.

Along with this, Lord Shiva also gave the boon of worshiping Ganesha as the god of wisdom. When Kartikeya returned to Kailash after circling the earth, he became very angry after seeing this. He became angry and went to Kraunch mountain.

To convince her son, Mother Parvati first sent Narad Muni but Narad Muni’s influence could not last. Later Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati appeared in the form of a Linga on Mount Krauncha and convinced Kartikeya to come back to Mount Kailash. Since then this Jyotirlinga is known as Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. This is the only Jyotirlinga where the lights of both Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati are present. Here Mallika is said to be Mother Parvati and Arjun is said to be Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of the Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh on Shalya Mountain. It is said that the same results are obtained by performing Ashwamedha Yagya as by doing darshan and consecration of this Jyotirlinga.

Major events/important points

  1. The entire temple is built in South Indian style. The complex of this temple is very big which is spread over about 2 hectares of land.
  2. It is said that this temple was built about 2000 years ago. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, a Shivalinga equal to 8 fingers can be seen. Pallava, Chalukya, Kakatiya and Reddy kings had made important contributions in building the temple.
  3. In the 14th century, Pralayam Reddy built the stairs from Patalaganga to the main temple, while Maharaja Harihar of Vijayanagara Empire built the gopuram and the main mandapam.
  4. In the 15th century, King Krishna Deva Raya built the Raja Gopuram and Sundara Mandapam in the temple.
  5. In 1667 AD, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj got the Gopuram constructed in the temple, which we also know as Shivaji Gopuram. Along with this, he also built a Dharamshala near the temple for the travelers to rest.
  6. Apart from Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, there are Sahastra Lingeshwar, Ardhanarishwar, Veer Madmaheshwar and Brahma temples in the temple. The entire peak of the temple is made of gold.
  7. The doors of the temple are opened for its devotees from 5:30 am and remain open till 1:00 pm. In the evening the doors are open from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  8. At a short distance from the temple is the temple of Maa Sati which is known as Jagdamba Temple.
  9. Mother Sati’s neck had fallen on Srisailam mountain due to which a Shakti Peetha was built there. There are a total of 51 Shakti Peethas of Maa Sati. Here the Goddess is worshiped in the form of Brahma Rambha. 10. While consecrating Shivalinga, it is mandatory for women to wear saree and men to wear dhoti.

So this was the story of Shri Mallikarjuna Jyotirling whose mere darshan fulfills all the wishes and desires.

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