Bhramaramba Temple at a distance of 1 km from Srisailam Bus Station, Bramarambha Temple, also known as Bhramarambika Temple is situated within the main Srisailam Temple complex behind the Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. Srisailam is the only place in India with the combination of Jyothirlinga and Shakti Peetha in one campus. Bhramaramba Temple is among the prime places to visit in Srisailam along with Mallikarjun Temple & Srisailam Dam.
- Distance (From Srisailam Bus Station): 1 Kms
- Visited From: Mallikarjuna Temple
- Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
- Place Location: Inside Mallikarjuna Temple Complex
- Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
- Travel Tips: Bramaramha Temple is located inside the main temple complex of Mallikarjuna Temple and can be visited together.
Bhramaramba (Bhramari) means the Mother of bees.
Once upon a time, a demon named Arunaasura ruled the whole world. Chanting Gayatri mantra, he performed Tapasya for a very long time, and pleased Lord Brahma. Arunaasura, wished that he should not be kílled by two feeted and four feeted creatures. Lord Brahma granted his wish.
With this wish of Arunaasura, Devathas were worried and prąyed Adi Shakti. She appeared and told that, Arunaasura is her devote and can,t be kílled unless he stops worshiping her.As per the plan of Devathas, Brihaspathi(Jupiter), the Deva guru meets Arunaasura. The demon wondered and asked Brihaspathi the reason for his vist. Brihaspathi told him that, as both of them worship the same deity, the Gayatri, there is no wonder if he meets him. Arunaasura felt ashamed of himself for worshiping Gayatri, who is also being worshiped by Devathas and stopped worshiping her. With this Adi Shakti became angry and took the form of Bhramari / Bhramarambika. She created innumerable bees, which have six legs. These bees kílled Arunaasura and his whole army within seconds.
There are many legends associated with the Bhramaramba Devi Temple. As per the most popular legend, Arunasura, a demon, was an ardent devotees of Lord Brahma. Pleased with his unwavering dedication, Lord Brahma blessed him with the powers that he can not be killed by any two or four legged living being. After receiving the boon, Arunasura started causing problems to devas and saints. Because of his immense powers, devas couldn’t defeat him. Owing this, they went to Goddess Durga and pleased her to protect them. As an answer to their request, Goddess Durga took the form of Bhramari or Bhramarambika and created thousands of six legged bees that killed the demon. Later Goddess stayed back in the form Bramarambika in Srisailam.
There is one more legend associated with Bhramaramba devi temple as it is one of the shakti peethas. According to the story of Shakti peeth, King Daksha, father of Goddess Sati, organized a yagna but did not invite Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. In spite of this, Goddess Sati decided to attend her father’s yagna. However, grieved by the insults she and her husband Lord shiva had to face at the yagna, she jumped in the holy pyre. Angered by this, Lord Shiva killed King Daksha and destroyed the entire yagna. Later he carried the corpse of the devi and started his dance of destruction- Tandava. In order to stop tandava, Lord Vishnu intervened. He cut the corpse of devi through his divine Sudarshana Chakra; because of this different parts of the body fell on various locations. Each of the place where a part of the devi fell is considered as Shakti peetha. It is said that neck of devi fell here in Srisailam.
This place is of about 70 km from Srisailam and located in the ancient northern pathway to Srisailam from Umamaheswaram. It is at attitude of 16 9’ north and longitude of 78 41’ east. This place houses one of the most beautiful man made huge water storage tank amidst wild and beautiful forest environment. The tank appears to have been enlarged and renovated in 16th century A.D. The historical remains at this place consist of a temple dedicated to Siva, Devi shrine and a hero stone. The temples of this place have a huge compound wall probably constructed in 16th – 17th Centuries A.D.
The Deity of this place is named as Mallikarjuna and Goddess as Bhramaramba. The Mallikarjuna temples is east facing consists of Garbhagriha and Antharalaya. The temple of Bhramramba is towards the right side of the Swamy temple and both these are connected by a mandapa which is a later structure. There are also several small shrines in the temple complex.
Those who are interested in observing the ethnographic present can not miss the place where a small group of Chenchus, the local tribal still leading a primitive way of life.
The Bramarambha Temple in Srisailam is one of the eighteen Maha Shakti Peethas. Bramarambha (Bramari) means the Mother of bees. Goddess Bramarambika is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti, the consort of Lord Shiva. The Greeva (Neck) of Devi fell here. She has assumed herself a form of bee and worshipped Lord Shiva. You can hear the buzzing of a bee through a tiny hole in the Bramarambha temple.
According to the legend, once upon a time, a demon named Arunaasura ruled the whole world. Chanting Gayatri mantra, he performed Tapasya for a very long time and pleased Lord Brahma.
He had the boon of not getting killed by any two-footed or 4-footed creature. With this wish of Arunaasura, Devathas were worried and pr¹yed Adi Shakti. She appeared and told that, Arunaasura is her devote and can’t be killed unless he stops worshiping her.
As per the plan of Devathas, Brihaspathi, the Deva guru meets Arunaasura. The demon wondered and asked Brihaspathi the reason for his visit. Brihaspathi told him that, as both of them worship the same deity, the Gayatri, there is no wonder if he meets him. Arunaasura felt ashamed of himself for worshiping Gayatri, who is also being worshiped by Devathas and stopped worshiping her. With this Adi Shakti became angry and took the form of Bramari / Bramarambika. She created innumerable bees, which have six legs. These bees killed Arunaasura and destroyed his army.
The temple of Bramarambha Devi is located behind Mallikarjuna Swamy temple in the same campus. The idol of Bramarambha has eight arms and is adorned with silk sari. An idol of Lopamudra, the wife of Agastya, is present in the Garbha griha. A Sri Yantra is present in front of the Garbha griha. Devotes are not allowed inside the main sanctum of this temple.
Devi Navaratri is a festival of nine days beginning from the first day of Asweejam month (September or October) and Kumbhothsavam is held every year in the month of Chaitra (around April) are the major festivals celebrated at this temple with great pomp and fervor.
Timings of Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Srisailam:
Bhramaramba Devi Temple Timings for darshan are from 4.30 AM to 10 PM. It is open on all days of the week. Although devotees visit this temple throughout the year, the best time to visit is during the festivals when it is filled with increased liveliness and enthusiasm of the devotees. Visit especially during the Navaratri and the Kumbham festival to experience the unmatched spiritual aura of the temple.
Srisaila Devasthanam, Kurnool Dist, Atmakur Mandal, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh 518101