Sakshi Ganapathi is a small shrine located at a distance of about 3 km from Srisailam Shiv Jyotirling Sri Mallikarjuna Temple which has been attracted by pilgrims over a long time. It is traditionally believed that Lord Ganapathi in this temple keeps a regular account of all its devotees and marks the evidence (Sakshyam) of their visit to this temple, and hence he is named Sakshi Ganapathi. The idol of Ganapathy in this temple is shown as holding a book in his left hand and a pen in the right hand as if he is noting down the names of devotees.
- Devotees can spend some time praying to Lord Ganesh the God of happiness or by meditation.
- Sakshi Ganapathi Temple Entry Ticket is free for Adults, Children and Foreigners.
- It is believed that a visit to Srisailam goes unrecorded if a devotee doesn’t visit Sakshi Ganapati Temple.
- Here the lord is in sitting posture and seriously writing the names of the devotees who visit the Srisailam temple.
- 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 the South.
- The black idol of the Lord is shown holding a book in the left hand and a stylus in the right hand.
- The old Ganesh idol was replaced 30 years ago with the prest seen idol.
Sakshi Ganesha Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Srisailam Ganesh Temple Address:
Andhra Pradesh – 518101.