Lord Mallikarjun’s temple is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Temple Patalganga is situated in the city of Srisailam on the banks of Krishna River. Srisailam Mountains are respectfully seen as Kailash of the South. The temple located here is dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The idols of the temple are described in stone. There are great Hindu epics Ramayana, Nand Mahabharata. This temple is considered very sacred and it is dedicated to Mallikarjuna Swami and Bhramaramba. A unique feature of the temple is that there is permission to touch the idol to all the devotees who enter the temple which is not prevalent in any other temple. The temple is located at a distance of 245 km from Hyderabad. Sri Salem is a rich work of sculpture in the temple.
According to popular legends, religious leaders visited the temple and made their famous Sivananda Lahiri. It is also known that Goddess Durga took the form of a bee and worshiped Lord Shiva here and chose this holy place as her residence. Mallikarjun temple is built in Dravidian style which includes high towers and huge courtyards and thus, it is considered one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagara architecture. Situated around Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Tripurantam, Siddavatam, Alampura and Umaitathewaram Mandir are the four gates of Sri Salem.
Once, the princess named Chandravati decided to go to the forest to penance and meditate. One day, she saw a miracle. A Kapila cow was standing under a bilva tree and the milk was flowing with four udders, it was sunk in the ground. The cow was doing it every day Chandravati dug the area and looked for what was seen dumb on it. There was a Self-raising swayambhu Shivlinga. It was bright and shines like the sun’s rays, and it seemed as if it was burning, there was a fire in all directions. Chandravati prayed to Shiva on this Jyotirlinga. Lord Shiva was very pleased with her. One can see the story of Chandravati, on one of the stone-inscriptions of the temple that attains liberation.