Vijaywada meaning the city of victory has been so named because according to legends it was here that Arjuna received the blessings of Lord Shiva for his penance. This place is ideal if you are interested in visiting temples. Apart from the renowned Kanakadurga Temple, there is yet another beautiful temple in Vijaywada. It is the Malleswaraswami Temple which is well worth a visit. It is located in close proximity to the Kanakdurga Temple on top of the Indrakiladri hill.
History of Malleswaraswami Temple, Vijaywada
The deity worshipped in the temple is Mallikarjuna or Malleswara as he is popularly known. Even in the ancient Hindu religious texts - the Puranas, he is referred to as Malleswara. Legend has it that the idol was installed by Yudhishthira, the eldest of the five Pandava brothers. He established it to commemorate his victory in the south. To this day, the idol is worshipped with a lot of devotion.
Description of Malleswaraswami Temple, Vijaywada
The Malleswaraswami Temple is a rock cut cave temple. There is a pillar and a slab within the temple. The pillar contains admirable inscriptions.
You are sure to be impressed with the sight of this temple. In fact this monument is of immense historical as well as archaeological value and so the Archaeological Survey of India has taken the responsibility of preservation of this temple ever since 1921.