Located at a distance of 20 km from Srisailam, Ista Kameswari Temple stands beautifully amid the lush greenery of forest and refreshing atmosphere. This ancient temple is visited not only by devotees but also by architecture and history enthusiasts. It is located inside a cave, which further adds to its enthralling charm.
Dedicated to Goddess Ishtakameshwari, which is a name for Goddess Parvati, this temple dates back to 8th to 10th century. However, the exact time of its construction is not clear. It is believed that a darshan of Devi at this temple can fulfill devotees’ wishes. The most striking feature of this temple is the idol of Goddess Ista Kameshwari Devi. The forehead of the Goddess is as soft as a human skin in spite of the fact that idol is made up of stone.
Once at the temple, after the darshan and pooja, the temple priest usually asks devotees to apply vermilion on the Goddess forehead. Devotees can experience and see this unique feature themselves.
Another aspect of this temple that attracts every visitor is the scenic beauty around. Situated in the dense forests with untouched nature, this temple does promise a memorable experience. Seek blessings of the Goddess; bask in the peacefulness of surrounding and the pureness of nature.
Reaching Ishtakameshwari Temple is not an easy task. To reach this temple, tourists are required to travel for around 11 to 12 km on SH8, going towards Dornala. After that one needs to travel on a rickety path of around 8 km to reach the temple.