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Rare Shiva Lingam and medieval inscription unearthed at Srisailam temple

One of tSrisailam Temple is also one of the 18 Shakti Peethas, the site where the goddess Sati is said to have fallen from her upper lip.

In the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, archaeologists have unearthed a remarkable discovery at the Srisailam Temple. At the ancient sacred site, an inscription and a medieval Shiva lingam have been discovered.

The Shiva lingam, a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva, was discovered during excavations at the Srisailam Temple complex, namely at the Sri Bhramaramba Devi Temple. Experts think that the lingam is several centuries old, possibly from the medieval period.

Discovery of the Shiva Lingam and Inscription

An inscription was also discovered on a column at the adjacent Ghanta Matham temple, in addition to the Shiva lingam. According to the inscription, the hall where the lingam was discovered was built on the auspicious Hindu festival of Shravanashuddi Poornima.

“This is an incredibly significant discovery that sheds new light on the rich history and religious significance of the Srisailam Temple,” said Dr. Anuradha Reddy, head of the Archaeology Department at Andhra University. “The Shiva lingam and inscription provide valuable insights into the temple’s medieval past.”

Shiva lingam
Image Source: Srisaila Devasthanam

One of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the Mallikarjuna Swamy Lingam, is housed in the Srisailam Temple. It is also one of the 18 Shakti Peethas, the site where the goddess Sati is said to have fallen from her upper lip. This place is ruled by Goddess Bhramaramba. since of this, Srisailam is special since it is home to both a Jyotirlinga and a Shakti Peetha.

“The unearthing of this ancient Shiva lingam is a testament to the enduring spiritual legacy of the Srisailam Temple,” said Mahesh Sharma, a local priest. “It is a profound discovery that will undoubtedly deepen our understanding and appreciation of this hallowed place of worship.”

Archaeologists discovered a number of historic artifacts in the vicinity of Srisailam’s Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple in February 2018. At the Srisailam Temple site, an old treasure trove was found in May 2017. Coins, jewelry, and other priceless antiques were among the treasures.

One of the most venerated Hindu pilgrimage places in India is the Srisailam Temple, which honors Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvati. For generations, devotees have been drawn to the temple complex because of its multiple shrines, mandapams, and other architectural wonders.

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