Guptha Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple in Srisailam is a temple which gave shelter to many Saivaite Saints in medieval times.
This place is one of the most beautiful picturesque and treacherous spot which gives immorable pleasant and happiness at the sight of tremendous water fall located there. It is of about 36 Km from Srisailam.
The sacred complex of Srisailam during medieval times provided shelter to many secret saivaite sects who performed their ritual acts in such inaccessible spots such as this. Hence such places derived the name such as Guptha meaning secret.
This place contain a small shrine of Siva in a shallow cave along with a broken idol of Ganapathi.
The Srisaila Khanda of Skanda Purana speaks about this place and named it as Guptha Mallikarjunam. It is said that by mere seeing this place one can get free off from his sins.
Story of Guptha Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
Lord Sri Rama came to Srisailam to worship Mallikarjuna. As Sri Rama has Brahma hatya in him (Came due to kílling the Ravanasura), Shiva is not interested to be worshiped by him. He disappeared.
Sri Rama searched the whole forest and prąyed Shiva. He found Shiva at a place, now called as Gupta Mallikarjuna. Shiva freed Rama from Brahma hatya Pathakam and blessed him.