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The sacred complex of Srisailam during medieval times provided shelter to many secret saivaite sects who performed their ritual acts.

In Andhra Pradesh Srisailam is one of the Major Temple. According to Stala Puranam Srisailam is the Oldest Temple in Andhra Pradesh.

The Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple located in Srisailam is one of the 12Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Earlier, it was called Srigiri. The Bhramarambha Temple is also located in the same complex. It is considered as one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas in India. Bhramarambha is a very ferocious deity. Originally she was worshipped by the Chenchu people. However, during British rule, the temple was taken over by the Pushpagiri peetham forcibly with the help of the British Government ruling the Madras Presidency.