Umamaheshwaram is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Siva in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located at a distance of 150 KM from Hyderabad and close by Achampet in Mahabubnagar District, on the Hyderabad-Srisailam highway. It is well known as North Entrance to Srisailam - one of the Jyotirlingas. Beautiful Siva temple, a perennial water-hole that is fed from small streams in the mountain cracks, cool environs and breathtaking scenery of the Nallamalla forests all around.
Umamaheshwaram temple is situated on very tall hills of Nallamala forests and dates back to 2nd century A.D. to reach the temple, one has to ride on very steep and dangerous curves of 5 mile length from the bottom of the hill. The presiding deities in Umamaheshwaram are Lard Siva and Parvati, called as Mallikarjuna and Bhramarambadevi.
This place is popular for it's Mysterious Papanashanam where you can always find a mug of water, inspite of withdrawing any amount of water from it throughout the year. It is around 200 meters away from the Sanctum Sanctorum - where water comes out underneath the huge rocks at the same rate all through the year. There is a rock-pot that gets filled with the water for every 5 minutes and overflows to water a stretch of Jasmine/other plants down the hill. It is said that all your sins would be washed away if you take a dip at this place. Water quality at this place is simply superb. Like this many water bodies are there on this stretch. However none of them is perennial like Papa Nashanam. Nobody could figure out the source of water. Till today it is the home for innumerous Sadhus.
It is said that visit to Srisailam sans Umamaheswaram is incomplete. It is atop the hill properly covered by huge trees. Hill ranges shields temple and 500 metres of stretch to Papa Nasanam. So all through the day hardly any sun light falls on this stretch of 500 meters atop the hill. Thus maintaining the temperature below normal all through the year. This is the reason it is popularly known as Poor’s Ooti.
Sivaratri, Masa Sivaratri comes every month and Dassera Navaratrulu are the festivals and Kartika Masam period are grandly celebrated here. Thousands of devotees visit this place to washout their sins and to get their wishes come true.