Visit to Srisailam

Visit to Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy (Jyothirlingam) and Brhamaramba Devi (Ashtadasa Maha Sakthi-peetam) Temple at SriSailam

Location:

Srisailam is situated on a flat top of Nallamalai hills by the side of the river Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh.

Bus route:

There is a straight bus from Chennai (Koyamped). About 500 kms of overnight journey for 13 hrs through Thirupathi, Cudappah and Nandhyal

Train route:

Markapur, which is 91 K.M. from Srisailam in Guntur – Hubli line on South Central Railway is the closest railway station, from where buses are available to Srisailam. But there is no straight train to Markapur from Chennai.

Through Ongole:

The shortest and fastest route from Chennai is Chennai-Ongole-Srisailam. Ongole, about 300 kms from Chennai is in the Vijayawada train route and takes about 4 hrs 15 mins journey through train and then the bus journey from Ongole to Sri Sailam takes about 5 hrs 30 mins for 190 kms.

For a complete road travel, you have to take NH-5 through
Chennai – Tada – Gudur – Nellore – Kavali – Ongole;
and at Ongole, you need to turn left  and take the
Ongole – Podile – Markapur – Dornala – Srisailam route
The forest road at Dornala opens only at 6 AM (sure) and closes by 7 PM (not sure). So you need to plan your trip accordingly.

Significances:

  • There is a common belief that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial. The antiquity and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not known.
  • Srisailam plays a dominant role in our religious, cultural and social history from ancient times. The prominence of Srisailam is highlighted by the fact that in the sankalpa mantra of our today’s homams we specify the location of our place with reference to Srisailam only. The epigraphical evidence reveals that the history of Srisailam begins with the Sathavahanas who were the first empire builders in South India.  The earliest known historical mention of the Hill – Srisailam, can be traced in Pulumavi’s Nasik inscription of 1st Century A.D.
  • The presiding deities are Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy, one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is only one of its kind.
  • The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga shrines or the 12 shrines enshrining Shiva in the form of a Jyotirlingam, have been held in reverence since time immemorial in the Indian system of beliefs. These temples are closely linked with legends from the puranas and are rich in history and tradition. They are more ancient than Chidambaram, Thiruvannamalai etc., Vedas say that the dharshan of SriSailam will wash away all the sins of the previous births and brings salvation.
  • Only one of the Jyothirlingams, Rameswaram and only one of the Mahasakthi peetams, Kanchipuram are in Tamilnadu.
  • Thanks to Mr.Sankaranarayanan for sending this note: Yesterday I came across an article by Paramacharya. Shiva told that whoever visits Srisailam will reach Kailash after the end of this birth. Ganesha told Him “You are an asutoshi and hence people will tell you that they have visited Srisailam without visiting and hence I will reside there as Sakshi Ganapathi. Whoever visits Srisailam, after the dharshan, should visit me also, so that I will note down”. Hence the Srisailam visit is complete only after having a dharshan of Sakshi Ganapathi. (Unfortunately we didn’t know this important piece of information beforehand and we didn’t visit – we didn’t have time as well).
  • It is said that Shiva told Paravathi that He considers SriSailam as his most favourite place, more than Kailasam, and the place reflects His full power
  • 3 of the Jyothirlingas – Rameswaram, Sri Sailam and Kedarnath – have been sung by Thevarams – they are part of the 275 Thevara temples. Sambhandar and Sundarar have sung about Srisailam from Kalahasthi itself; Thirunavukkarasar, on return from Kailasam, worshipped here.
  • Maha Bharatham, Ramayanam, Siva Puranam, Mathsya Puranam, Agni Puranam and Vayu Puranama have mentioned this temple.
  • Arunagirinathar and Vallalar have sung on this temple
  • Marutha tree (Arjuna tree) has been Sthla Vruksham only in 3 temples and they are:
    a) Thiruppudai maruthur near Ambasamudhram in Trinelveli – Kadaimaruthur  or Pudarjunam
    b) Thiruvidai maruthur near Kumbakonam where Sri Mahalinga Swamy is present – Idaimarudhur  or Madhyarjunam
    c) SriSailam – Thalai marudhur or Mathyarjunam
    Arjunam also has a meaning of Parameswaran

Our Trip:

We came here after Hampi/Nava Brindhavan and Manthralayam. We started off from Manthralayam by a KSRTC bus by 10 PM and reached the base of the hills by 5 AM. We were stopped in front of a very beautiful, big and new Ayyappan Temple. Nice bakthi songs were emanating from the temple and it was wonderful to be in front of that temple in that early morning hour in half sleep in the backdrop of those bakthi songs. I thought we were stopped just for a tea and didn’t wake up but learnt only later that we were waiting for the forest road to open. Finally it was opened by 5:45 AM and took us a solid 1hr 50 min to climb the hill and reach the top.

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We took the lodging at Chandeeswara Sadanam, reserved previously through internet (details towards the end). The room was big and ok, typical of what can be expected of a Government maintained lodging at a pilgrimage center.

We had booked for the abhisheham through internet for the 10-11:30 timing. As we entered the temple, we could see lot of people going into the temple and so expected a big crowd and actually it was massive since it was the Navarathri time and it was a Gandhi Jayanthi public holiday.

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Luckily, since we had booked for the Abhisheham, we could get into the temple very easily and when we entered the outside mandapam where Abhisheha ubayathars were waiting, a rude shock was waiting for us. Before this, I was thinking that we will be along with a few more families, the abhisheham will take about an hour and we will be watching it from the front like a normal temple.  But here, there was a very big crowd waiting at the mandapam and the man at the entrance got our ticket and gave some serial number in 200+ and said it will take about 2-3 hours as per the sequence. Further, we were told that only the couple will be allowed inside and not even son and daughter! (we were a group of 7). We didn’t know what to do and we were totally helpless. Except we 3 (I, my wife and son), the others then went out to have dharshan through some other means.

Then we were just roaming around and luckily met with a senior Gurukkal who was really “God sent” for us. Knowing that we were from Chennai and we had to return the same day, he arranged a man to take care of us who took us through some special gates to the sanctum sanctorum. We waited there for about 30 mins to finally being called for the abhisheham. To our dismay, strictly only the couples were allowed inside and my son was stopped.

For the abhisheha booking, we were given a packet with few abhisheha items like Vibhoothi, milk, rose water, etc., and inside the garbhagraham, by sitting behind the lingam, and through the guidance of the priest, we did the abhisheham ourselves. The lingam is very tiny with the Avudai (base) at the floor level itself with only the top portion protruding just for about half a feet. We were cramped inside along with 3 more couples and the abhisheham was done in a hurry. All in all it took just about 10 minutes and that itself was a big bonus considering the rush there. Luckily, when we were coming out after the abhisheham, my son was also entering the sanctum to touch the lingam and worship.

It was not the usual calm, peaceful and long abhisheham as I was expecting but it was a fantastic feeling that (a) we could, first of all, enter inside the garbagraha of such a puranic and sacred temple; (b) then we could actually touch the linga, one of the 12 jyothirlingas; and (c) finally do the abhisheham ourselves. It was totally an unexpected sweet and beautiful experience (after that initial rude shock, of course). I didn’t know any of these procedures and customs beforehand and just when I booked the rooms through the internet, I just saw a big list of temple sevas and their fees. The abhisheham was the lowest in the list and I just booked it, that’s all. It finally ended up in a beautiful experience.

The temple is a real beauty and the vimanam of the Shiva shrine is given a Gold cover. There are plenty of shrines inside with many lingams and beautiful sculptures.

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Shrines inside the Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple:

1. Vrudhamallikarjuna Swamy:

This lingam is said to be oldest than the present Mallikarjuna swamy lingam. There is no Nandhi in front of it. The lingam is uneven on its outer face indicating its ancientness and it was worshipped by Chandravathi. Hence it is called Vrudha Mallikarjuna swamy.

2. Ardhanareeswar:

This oldest idol is in the northern side of the temple and its period is unknown.

3. Lingas installed by Pandavas:

Five temple are situated beside the Ardhanareseswara temple.

4. Mallika Gundam (water well):

According to mythology, this Gundam was part of the Saraswathi river, which flows in the inner of the Krishna river. This Saraswathi river is called ‘Antaarvahine’ which means it is flowing along with other rivers i.e. Krishna. Many devotees used this Mallika Gundam water to heal their diseases. Another important aspect being that the shade of the Mallikarjuna shrine/ Gopuram is being reflected in this ‘Gundam’.

5. Veerabhadra Swamy Temple:

This north facing idol is guarding the Lord Mallikarjuna swamy.

6. Sanagalabasavanna:

It is situated in front of the Verasiro mandapam, known as “Nandi mandapam”. This Nandi is called Nandeeswara (Baswanna).

7. Addala (Mirror) Mandapam:

Place for Swamy where he takes rest in the nights.

8. Tri fruit tree (Triphala Vruksham):

Juvvi, Ravi and Medi plants together grown as one tree. It was said that Acharya Nagarjuna and others were given deeksha under this tree. There is a belief that childless couples will be blessed with child by doing pradakshina here.

9. Nithyakalyana mandapam (marriage hall):

Daily Marriage function of the Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bramaramkika ammawaru is done here in the evening times.

10. Sri Rama and Sita Devi’s Sahasralingams:

Sahasra meaning thousand and 1000 lingas are carved in one linga. Sri Rama’s linga is situated in Mallikarjuna Swamy temple whereas Sita Devi’s is in Ammn temple.

Others:

Sabda madhas, Brahma Kundam (well), Vishnu Kundam, Manohara Kundam, Yudhdha Mallikarjunar, Uma Maheswarar, Kumaraswamy (Murugan) temple, Chandramba, Pancha Nandeeswarar, Sidhdhi Vinayahar, Pancha lingeswarar, Raja Rajeswari

Ashtadasa Maha Sakthi-peetas

Sathidevi (Parvathi) went to an Yagna conducted by Her father Dakshan without invitation and was humiliated by Her parents and sisters. So She immolated herself. Lord Shiva came there, collected Her body and was roaming here and there with it in angry. Lord Vishnu noticed this and on the request of Goddesses, He cut the body of Sathidevi into pieces with His Sudharshan Chakra. In the process, the body was cut in to 18 pieces and thrown in different directions and became as “Asthadasa (18) Sakthi Peethas” as follows:

Part of the body fallen Place Name of Sakthi
1.Groin Trimkomali(Srilanka) Sankari devi
2.Back Part Kanchi(Tamilnadu) Kamakshi devi
3.Stomach part Praddyumnam(Gujarat) Sri srunkala devi
4.Head hairs Mysore(Karnataka) Chamundeswari devi
5.Upper teeth rows Alampur(Andhra Pradesh) Jogulamba devi
6.Neck part Srisailam(Andhra Pradesh) Bhramramba devi
7.Eyes sholapur(Maharastra) Mahalakmi devi
8.Right hand Nanded(Maharastra) Ekavenika devi
9.Upper lip Ujjain(Madya pradesh) Mahakalai devi
10.Left hand Pithapuram(Andhra Pradesh) Puruhutika devi
11.Navel Cuutack(Orissa) Girija devi
12.Left cheek Draksharamam(A.P) Manikyamba devi
13.Vulva Gauhathi(Assam) Kamarupa devi
14.Fingers(hand) Prayaga(Uttar Pradesh) Madhaveswari devi
15.Head part Jwala(Himaclapradesh) Vaishnavi devi
16.Breast part Gaya(Bihar) Sarvamangala devi
17.Wrist Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh) Visalaksi devi
18.Right Hand Kashmir Saraswathi devi

Brahmarambigai Temple

We then went to the Amman temple which by itself is a completely independent and big temple. There was a big crowd there also but lucky again for us, the same Gurukkal was present there also and he, again, sent another person to take care of us. He took us inside through some special gates again and we had a very peaceful and calm dharshan here.

A rare sculpture of Lopa Mudhra, wife of Agasthya Maharshi can be seen the sala mandapam of devi temple. The outside walls of the temple have many beautiful sculptures.

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While coming out, we were then worried about the other group. They were just waiting for us outside and we learnt that they also had a very good dharshan with the help of the same Gurukkal. But for him, it could have been a testing time for us. We all, then went to his house to give big ‘thank you’. His help didn’t end there. He arranged for somebody to take us to a mutt where free meals are being provided to Brahmins.

Here again, we had a different experience. We had to remove the shirts first and then had to wait till ‘all’ the items are served for ‘all’ the people. No one should start eating till then. Then a man gave us the instructions and we have to do the Parishesanam with mantras and then only start. All in all, it took more than 10 minutes to start eating finally!. A nice way to kindle the hunger. It didn’t end there. After finished eating, we should not get up just like that. We had to wait till everyone completes eating and again, the man instructed for the closing Parishesana mantras to complete the process. Then people have to get up row by row and go for washing. What an experience!

I had some wrong information through internet that SriSailam to Ongole is 2 hours but understood there that it is actually about 6 hrs. We had the train at Ongole for 10 PM and so we could not do anything else. After the meals, we just vacated the lodge and boarded the bus at 3:30 PM. It took full 2 hrs just to climb down to the base and from there it was a further 3hrs 30 mins to Ongole. It was a very tiring journey especially after the 5 hectic days and finally when we landed at the Ongole railway station at 9:30 PM, it was a big relief. The train at Ongole was scheduled for 10:40 PM but actually came at 12 midnight but it didn’t bother us much since the station and the waiting room were very clean with granite flooring and in fact we could munch on the happy memories of the trip. Everyone was woken up from deep sleep when the train approached Perambur. It was 4:15 AM when we finally landed at Central.

Festival: Like Karthigai deepam of Thiruvannamalai and Brhmosthavam of Thirupathi, Maha Sivarathri day is the most auspicious here and the Kalayana Utsavam on that day is the most famous festival

Legend:

  • A number of legends have grown round Srisailam and its principal deities.  Among them the most significant one is that Parvatha, son of Silada Maharshi is said to have performed penance, pleased Siva and made him agree to live on his body.  This Parvatha assumed the shape of big Hill -‘ Sriparvatha’ and Siva lived on it’s top as Mallikarjuna Swamy.
  • There is a legend involving Murugar similar to Palani. Murugar came and sat in an adjacent hill here in angry over Shiva and Parvathi since they favoured Vinayagar. Shiva and Parvathi came to Srisailam only to cool down Murugar
  • Arjunan got the weapon of Pasupatha Asthram only here after a long penance
  • Hirnaya Kasibu worshipped during Grutha yuga
    Ramar installed a lingam here, after killing Ravana during the Dhretha yuga
    Panadavas installed a lingam here after finishing their 12 years of stay at forests during the Dhwabara yuga
    Aadhi Sankarar, Nagarjunacharyar, Chathrapathi Shivaji, Krishna deva raya visited during this kali yuga; Shivaji stayed here for some time, worshipped Brahmarambigai and constructed one of the towers, Uthara Gopura, also called, the Shivaji Gopuram
  • The importance of the temple was revealed to Vedha vyasar by Sanath Kumarar, the son of Lord Brahma.
  • Sage Bringi (Chennai’s Parangi malai is named only after him) once came in pradhikshnam around Shiva neglecting Paravathi Devi in the form of a bee. She got angry and cursed him first but later blessed him at the behest of Shiva. Devi is called Brhmarambigai since She blessed Bringi (Brahmaram means bee). It is said that one can hear the buzzing sound of bee in a hole behind the Sanctum of Ambal (we came to know about it only later and so could not check it out).
  • Shiva gave dharshan as Ardha Nareewarar to Sage Bringi

Places of interest in Srisailam and surroundings

There are many other sacred places, ancient temples around Srisailam and the details can be found in the official site. There are also many pleasure places  like Project tiger – Trekking in jeeps through forest road and finally a view point; Water falls – you have to get down 350 steps to reach the falls; Boating at Krishna river and the rope car. You have to have atleast two days for Srisailam to see it in full and preferable to come by own transport atleast from the base of the hill to enjoy all the places at your own pace. We could not see any other place than the main temple  since we planned just for a day. We would definitely like to visit again peacefully on a 2 days trip, possibly on a working day.

Nava Nandhi kshetrams:

There are nine (nava) Nandhi kshetrams around Srisailam. Brahma Nandhi, Naga Nandhi, Vinaya Nandhi, Garuda Nandhi, Shiva Nandhi, Maha Nandhi, Surya Nandhi, Vishnu Nandhi and Soma Nandhi – most of them are around Nadhyal.

Chandeeswara Sadanam where we stayed:

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Srisailam websites (both are almost the same):

http://www.srisailamonline.com/default.asp.
http://www.srisailamtemple.com/Srisaila_devasthanam/INDEX.HTM

93 comments

  1. Hi raju,

    Keep up the Good Work! I am delighted to be able to gather so much of infomation before visiting the holy shrine. I am planning on a trip soon. But still a little skeptical about accomodation. Your blog helped me a lot. Thanks

  2. SIR, VERY HAPPY AFTER GOING THROUGH YOUR EXPERIANCE. WE ARE PLANNING TO GO TO SRISAILAM TOMORROW I.E. ON 26-6-2009. WILL YOU PLEASE GIVE US THE NAME AND PHONE NO OF THAT GURUKKAL. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK.

  3. dear Mr raju,

    lot of thanks for this type of information,
    i truly impressed from your efforts,
    with good detailed photos also,

    Amit thacker

    ahmedabad,gujarat

  4. I am just back from Srisailam. Thanks for the information. I didn’t remember the names you mentioned. As you said you need at least 2 days to visit all the places at Srisailam. Summer is such hot and we couldn’t survive without own transport.
    Places of Interest.
    1. PathalaGanga (1 KM from Temple)
    2. AP Tourism’s rope way to the PathaGanga and Boat riding till the Dam (Rope way -25 Rs, DAM trip Rs. 50) another Boat riding trip to Akkamahadevi Guha (Rs. 150).
    3. 5 Sites Seeing & Dam visit (Auto charges Rs. 300) which includes Sakshi Ganapathi, Lalita Devi Mandapam, Atakeswara temple, Paladhara Panchadara and Sikhara Darshanam.
    4. You will not allowed to go inside the gates of DAM.
    5. Other than Sadanams (Gouri Sadanam, Ganga Sadanam) and Cottages (TTD cottages) you will get religious matts for stay will be offered for other castes. I stayed at Devanga Matt. Very good rooms with Annadana for Lunch and Dinner.

  5. Raju Garu,

    Its a nice narration of every sequence. You are doing a great help for the families who like to visit Srisailam.

    Regards,
    Raj

  6. Dear Mr. Raju,

    First of all i would like to thank you for this write up. I got a very great feeling that I was in sri sailam. It is very useful for everybody. My best wishes to your future temple visits as well as your write ups. God bless you. I once again thank u for the valueable info.

    Thanks
    Bhuvan

  7. An excellent write up. For those who are visting srisailam for the first will will imensely benefit from this info. VEry good work.

  8. Dear Mr.Raju,
    My cousin and me are planning to go to Srisailam on 20th Feb-09.We were desperate to know about srisailam and your information was very useful and it will help us.
    Regards
    Raman,Chennai

  9. Dear Raju
    First of all i wud like to thank u for the info u gave me. I feel blessed when when i say the darshan i had were penultimate. I once again thank u for the valueable info.

  10. Dear Raju,
    Really it is a very useful information for all. I am planning for darshan next week. Can you pl provide me some more information and any person contact to guide and support us for our visit.

    I will be their for 2 days and what are the place to be planned and how.

    Pl reply by return mail.

    Thanks
    Ashvin Kumar
    chennai

  11. My husband and myself are very blessed and fortunate to have not only the Dharshan at Srisailam but done Abhishekam and kumkum archana for the deities. The following day our driver took us to yet another Beautiful temple-‘Sri Balaji Temple at Chilkur’. This temple sells no tickets for Darshan, no VIP entrance, no Hundi, no donations on the plate. The crowd it attracts has to be seen to believe it.
    Devotees beleive that the Lord grants all the genuine wishes made by the devotees. A devotee makes a wish during prayer and does 11 pradakshinams. When his wish is granted he comes again and does 108 pradakshinams. It is believed that Lord Venkateswara of Thirumalai resides here. The gods are named Sri Venkateswara and Sri Rajyalakshmi. Later I found the following site gives all information about this temple. http://www.chilkurbalaji.org/About.htm

    regards and best wishes
    Mythili Sundaram

  12. After reading your exp. in Sriailam I have immediately booked tickets to visit the shrine on 14 Jan. It will be helpful if you can give me some contacts there who can help me with the darshan. I am Tamil speaking from Chennai.
    thank you
    Mythili Sundaram

  13. Hi Raju

    Thanks for putting all the info regrading this teerth. I wud be greatful if u can share the mob no & the address of the Gurukkal. ACtually am planning to visit sri sail in Januaru 2009. Can u plse help. If possible gimme ur mob no also , so that i can clarify some doubts of mine.

    Sachin Datta

  14. Very useful and i have’nt visited this place yet. Will be helpful for planning. Yesterday i came across on an article by Paramacharya. Shiva told that whoever visits srisailam will reach kilash after the end of this birth. Ganesha told him that you are an asutoshi and hence people will tell you that they have visited srisailam without even visiting and hence i will reside there as sakshi ganapathi. whoever visits srisailam after your darshan should visit me also, so that i will note down. Hence the srisailam visit is complete only after having a darshan of sakshi ganapathi.

  15. Dear Sri.Raju,
    Excellent to see the details. Thankyou very much for the informations. God is with you that is why you are able create such very good and useful article.
    Once again,
    i should use the word santhosham instead of thanks as my gurunadha says.
    Sekar, Kuwait.

  16. Thoroughly outstanding compilations….this is not a blog, it is an e-book. My abundant respects to you for dissemnation of such great knowledge and passion for the subject with a true mastery over writing, photography, statistics and content. May all your dreams come true

  17. Hi,

    Iam a big fan of this blog. This blog fills the void for english speaking audience if they are interested in getting more details about ancient temples. My mom gets all her info from Tamil mags. So everytime she wants to go to a particular temple I query on this blog.This has further insspired me to start my own blog.Thanx Rajus Temple visit. This compilation requires time and money indeed a commendable task.Do visit my blog and leave your valuable comments.Really looking forward to it.

  18. A nice article on Srisailam
    Srisailam is not only a jyotirling it is shaktipeeth also.There are some stories regardind Origin of Bhramaramba in Srisailam
    1.She Came Srisailam For her son Kumarswamy[According to Shivapurana]
    2.She came to Srisailam to kill Arunasura in the form Of bhramara[According to Upaskandha purana]

  19. Hi Raju,
    A really wonderful effortes ur made it for the community, keep it up. If u need any more help kindly revert we can share it.

    Munagala

  20. Hi Raju,
    You have compiled this in a very beautiful way. I took the picture of the golden dome which covers the mallikarjuna jyotirlinga. Please give me your id so i can share it for you to post on this blog. My Id is sinhazz@yahoo.com

  21. Vetri
    Dear Mr.Raju,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pictures and information. It will certainly be very
    informative for many Hindus living abroad.
    Thank you once again.
    Thiruchitrambalam.
    Jayashree Srikant
    Dubai

  22. Dear Sir,

    A really wonderful service you are doing for the community. Through your site I have visited the temples (though virtually).

    My humble suggestion is that you can gather these information and publish them in a book form for the benefit of all.

    Thanks & Regards.

    May God bless you & your family for the wonderfule service.

    R. Siva Subramanian
    9840592607

  23. Dear Mr Raju,

    Namaskarams,

    We are tempted to visit this place. What a beautiful narration of each and everything. Thro’ your site I had been to srisailam. What a wonderful experience. Wah! God Bless you and your family.

    Adiyavari paninthal andavan arul kedaikkum; so kodi kodi namaskarams.

  24. Hello,
    The informations & photos given are very nice and quite useful to all who want to visit Srisailam.With regards,
    R.C.Palaniappan

  25. dear raju i visited this temple when i was in school on an excursion say about 38 years back.i enjoyed visiting this temple again through you.god bless u. if u could publish the swaymbu swamis and ambals photographs ( which may be available outside the temple) people like us who are staying abroad,will be benefitted. thanks a lot. jayalakshmi

  26. I am fortunate to cover all Jothirlingam.But don’t
    know many details you have mentioned.The vibration of this places should be felt.Reading your blog bringing back those memories..Thank you Sir,
    Best wishes

  27. I am a staunch devotee of lord Shiva have a great liking for Bhavadpada sri Adi Shankara.
    My daily recital is Sri Shivanandalahari.
    I am relocated to Hyderabad from Madras since two years and yet not visited Sir Sailam where the Jagadgur had vistied some 1200 years back/
    Its very nice and very informative.
    Thanks for the timily information as I am to visit this great place during next week.
    Regards
    Ramanan

  28. I find an image of Medhadakshinamuthy in one of the photos above. Can you please clarify about it ?
    I have no words to apprecite your involvement and dedication and will no more put in efforts to do so !
    I dont miss normally any of your mails or notes and dont intend even in the future. Let your service reach its purpose ! All the best.

    Regards

    Chandrashekar

  29. I have visited three times but i do not kow all these details.Really you are doing a good service to all of us.I pray god to give you further strenght to educate us in future.God bless you and your family.

  30. Better way to reach Sri Sailam from Chennai would be to take the train, Chennai Egmore-Kacheguda Express which leaves Egmore at 5 p.m. and reaches Kurnool at 3.a.m next day. From the station, take an Auto to the new bus stand from where you have a super luxury bus at 5.a.m The bus reaches Sri Sailam at about 1100 hrs.
    Accommodation can be had at Brahmana Choultry where you had lunch.
    There are several places to see around. One is Ishta Kameshwari Temple which can be reached in a jeep since the journey involves going through jungle roads which can hardly be called road.
    Other places can be seen in an Auto.
    Patala Ganga can be reached on foot and by winch.
    Return to Chennai also can be from Kurnool by the same train returning from Kacheguda. It comes to Kurnool at 4 p.m. and reaches Chennai at 7.a.m next day

  31. Dear Raju, Wonderful pictures and information. The Shakti Peetams list was very nice. Kindly let me know why right hand has been mentioned twice ? God Bless you.

  32. Dear Raju,

    I felt ajoyness as i am in Srisila. Its my dream place and hiope i can plan once..Superb explanation, narration and information.

    rgds

    Ramesh JS

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