Srisailam is a holy town and Mandal, situated in Nallamala hills of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is 232 km south of Hyderabad, on the banks of River Krishna. A famous temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba is located here. It is one of the 12 Jyotir Lingam of Shiva.
Three kilometer before arriving at Srisailam, exists a small and old temple of Sakshi Ganesha which is one of the sacred spots frequented by pilgrims since times immemorial. Sakshi means proof or “He who bears witness”. It is believed that Ganesha records the names of pilgrims who come to Srisailam and shows the list to Lord Shiva so that they will be blessed. It is believed and widely followed that all the pilgrims who are going to Srisailam is supposed to visit first and pSakshi Ganapati temple pray and then reach Srisailam.
The sculpture of this deity is exquisitely made holding a book in the left hand and a pen in the right hand in such a way as noting down the names of devotees.
It is in practice that devotees during the darshan of this Ganapathi inform their name and gotra.
Entrance to the temple
Srinatha the renowed poet of 14th Century A.D. in his Kasikhandam states that this Sakshi Ganapathi is visualized by sage Agasthya during his pilgrimage to Srisailam. On the exterior walls of the temple, several statues can been seen like Ganesh defeating a demon, Ganesh honoring Shiva. The mandapa is short, with plain pillars.
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