|| Srimallikarjun Jyotirlinga ||
Srimailakarjuna Jyotirlinga is situated on Srisailaparvat called Kailas of the south on the banks of Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh. Its glory and significance have been described in detail in the scriptures of Mahabharata, Shivpuran and Padmapuran.
The story of this Jyotirlinga is described in the Puranas as follows. Once upon a time, Lord Shiva's two sons Shriganesh and Srikartikeya Swamy started quarreling for marriage. Everyone insisted that I be married first.
Seeing them fighting and quarreling , Lord Shankar and Mother Bhavani said - Those of you who first go back here after circling the whole earth, will be married first. ' Hearing this from the parents, Srikartitikeya Swami is enthroned on his vehicle Mayur and immediately runs for Prithvi-pradakshina. But for Ganesha, this task was very difficult. One was his physical body, second his vehicle was also a mouse. Well, how could he be equal to Swami Kartikeya in the race?
But his body was heavy as than in proportion to the intellect is very sharp . He found an easy way to revolve around the earth without worshiping the parents sitting in front of them and after doing their seven revolve around them , he completed the work of Prithvi-pradakshina. His work was scripturally approved
पित्रोश्च पूजनं कृत्वा प्रक्रान्तिं च करोति यः ।
तस्य वै पृथिवीजन्यं फलं भवति निश्चितम् ॥
pitroshch poojanan krtva prakraantin ch karoti yah . tasy vai prthiveejanyan phalan bhavati nishchitam .
By the time Swami Karttikeya returned around the whole earth, Ganesha was married to two girls named 'Siddhi' and 'Buddhi and had two sons named 'Kshem' and 'Laabh . Seeing all this, Swami Karthikeya went very angry and went to Mount Krauncha. Mother Parvati reached there to appease him. After that Lord Shankar appeared there as Jyotirlinga and since then he became famous as Mallikarjuna-Jyotirlinga. His worshiping was first done with Mallika flowers. This is the reason for the name Mallikarjuna.
Another legend is also told - this was once the capital of King Chandragupta, near the Saiell mountain. For the prevention of any misfortune, one of his daughters came out of the palace and came to the ashram of this mountain king and started living with the gopas here. The girl had a very auspicious beautiful Shyama cow . Someone used to take milk from that cow's milk at night. One day, by accident, the Rajakanya saw the thief milking and ran furiously towards the thief, but after reaching the cow, he saw that there was nothing more than Shivling. After some time the princess built a huge temple on that Shivling. This Shivling is famous as Mallikarjuna. A big fair is organized here on the occasion of Shivratri.