Thus Srisailam with
its ancient and holy tradition is a very important and ancient temple of Andhra and to
this day attracts large number of pilgrims. Its sanctity dates back from the days of the
Mahabharata. Even the puranas declare this as the place where Vrishabha or the sacred bull
of the Lord Siva himself performed penance and that to please him Lord Siva appeared in
the form of Mallikarjuna, with his consort as Bhramaramba. This temple with its wonderful
bas-reliefs containing many Saivite stories and legends attracts the archaeologist, the
sculptor, and the devotee in an equal measure.