In the Telugu states, devotees throng various important Shiva temples on the occasion of Sivaratri. The highly revered temples in this regard are the Sri Kalahasteshwara Temple in Kalahasti and the Bharamarambha Malikarjunaswamy Temple in Srisailam.
During the festival the famous Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and Vemulawada's Sri Rajarajeshwari Swamy and Keesaragutta temples in Telangana witness huge pilgrim rush.
In Vijayawada, devotees take a holy dip in river Krishna and have a darshan of lord Shiva at the famous Mallikharjuna Swamy temple atop the hill. Devotees from across the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also make a beeline to the hill shrine of Kotappakonda Shiva temple and also Amaralingeswara temple, located on the bank of the River Krishna at Amaravathi in Guntur district. The Pancharama temples including Samarlakota, Draksharamam, Palkollu and Bhimavaram also witness a surge in pilgrim flow during Sivaratri.