The Sathavahanas were the first empire builders in South India who are linked to the history of this temple. The presiding deity of this kshetram God Mallikarjuna Swamy was revered not only by the Sathavahanas but also by great rulers like the Pallavas the Vishnukundis, the Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas,the Reddy Kings, the Vijayanagaram Emperors and Chatrapathi Shivaji. This holy place houses one of the twelve Jyothirlingas along with his consort Goddess Bhramaramba Devi, who is one among the eighteen self - manifested Mahasakthis. Srisailam boasts of a rare, one-of-a-kind unique combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi. This makes it a much sought after place of worship.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.