Sakshi Ganapati Temple is located on the way to Srisailam. An important part of any Srisailam tour, this temple is visited by every devotee who comes to seek blessings of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy. Amid the panoramic background of nature, this temple is located just a few km away from the Shikaram.
Sakshi Ganapathi temple in Srisailam is a unique one in nature. The presiding deity Lord Ganesha is taking up the clerical job here. It is an old temple and has special significance. Ganapathi is shown as writing seriously. What does He write? He is engaged in writing the names of the devotees who visit Srisailam temple. Sakshi Ganapathi temple is located between the main temple and Srisailam dam.
Telugu word Sakshi means witness. We know that witness is very much needed when we approach a court of law or when we appeal about a dispute to the authorities or even to village heads. Without proper documents of witness we cannot fight for justice. You may ask why Ganapathi comes into picture. He is giving the number and names of the devotees to Lord Mallikarjuna. With this we can presume that Ganapathi is an enumerator of Srisailam Mallikarjuna Swamy devotees. He gives the account to Lord about the devotees who visited the temple.
Historical and Mythological:
Great Telugu poet Kavi Sarvabhauma Shreenaatha (1365 – 1441) had mentioned the name of Sakshi Ganapathi temple in his book Kasikhandam and Sage Agasthya is said to have visited this temple during his journey towards South.
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