Sree Sailam referred to as Tirupparuppatham in the Tevaram hymns, near Curnool in Andhra
Pradesh is a venerated Shivastalam, considered to be one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines
spread all over India, the Northernmost one being Kedarnath
and the Southern most being Rameswaram.
Sree Sailam is the first of the Tevara Stalams hailed by the Tamil
hymns of the Nayanmars, located outside of Tamilnadu/Kerala/Karnataka
i.e. in Vada Naadu (the northern lands).
is a vast temple with several gopurams, on a hill which is said to be a manifestation of
Nandi. This temple has been a site of Vijayanagar patronage, and is currently well visited
and well endowed. Several other related Shiva temples are located in the vicinity of Sree
Sambandar and Sundarar have sung its glories from Sree
Kaalahasti. The image above is that of a gopuram at Sree Kalahasti. Adi Sankara is believed to have visited this
shrine. The Bhramarambika Shrine within the temple complex is of great significance.
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Templenet feature on Sree Sailam.