Hatakeswaram Temple is on the way to Srisailam of about 5 Km away in a serene atmosphere.
According to some legends at this place God Siva appeared to a potter devotee in Atika (Piece of Pot) and hence named as Atikeswaram and later it became as Hatakeswaram. As per another legend the name to this place has come from a particular yogic school known as Hatayoga, one of the form of Astangayogas (the eight yogas).
Some historians located a laboratory of Akhemy (Rasayoga) at this place during medieval times. The present temple dedicated to Hatakeswara Swamy, the stone structure dates back to 11th – 13th century A.D., and consists of a Garbhagriha and opened pillared Mukhamandapa.
During the medieval times this spot was the centre for many secret sects of Saivisam who performed their rituals in the cave like chambers which can be seen even today.
This place give a panoramic view of the entire temple complex of Srisailam including the meandering river Krishna.