Srisailam

SRISAILAM TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

SRISAILAM:
The town (as well as the mandal) of Srisailam is reputed for the shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna on the flat top of Nallamala Hills. It has played a dominant role in the Hindu religious, cultural and social history since ancient times. The epigraphical evidence reveals that the history of Srisailam began with the Satavahanas who were the first empire builders in South India. The earliest known historical mention of the hill, Srisailam, can be traced to the King Vasishthiputra Pulumavi's Nasik inscription of 1st Century A.D. Srisailam or Srisailamu is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is on the banks of the Krishna River about 212 km south of Hyderabad and 179 km from Kurnool. It is spelled as Shrishailam. 

There is a saying in Sanskrit about Srisailam : " श्रीशैल शिखर दृष्ट्वा पुनः जन्म न विद्यते । " In native script, "శ్రీశైల శిఖర దృష్ట్వా పునః జన్మ న విద్యతే ।" "śrīśaila śikhara dṛṣṭvā punaḥ janma na vidyate ।" Meaning "By seeing the śikhara or the peak of Srisailam, (one releases himself from the cycle of birth and death) one is not born again." The temple town is one of fifty five Shakti Peethas.

HISTORY:
The Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga located in Srisailam is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Earlier, it was called Srigiri. The Bhramarambha Temple is also located in the same complex. It is considered as one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas in India. Bhramarambha is a very ferocious deity. Originally she was worshipped by the Chenchu people. However, during British rule, the temple was taken over by the Pushpagiri peetham forcibly with the help of the British Government ruling the Madras Presidency.

TEMPLE HISTRORY:
Srisailam played a dominant role in our religious, cultural and social history from ancient times. According to pre-historic studies the habitational history of Srisailam goes back to about 30,000-40,000 years. Stone tools of that period are abundantly found at various places of Srisailam. The epigraphical evidences reveal that the history of Srisailam begins with the Satavahanas who were the first empire builder in South India and also the earliest rulers of Andhradesa.

The earliest known historical mention of the Hill-Srisailam can be traced in Pulumavi’s Nasik inscription of 2nd Century A.D. Malla Satakarani, an early member of he Satavahanas got his name after ‘Mallanna’ the deity on this sacred hill. The Ikshavakus (AD 200-300) ruled from their capital Vijayapuri, about 50 Km from Srisailam and so this Kshetram must got their patronage.

The Vishnukundis (AD 375-612) were the devotees of God Sriparvatha Swamy who was none other than Mallikarjuna Swamy, the presiding deity of Srisaila Kshetram. Most of their inscriptions contain the prasasti “Bhagavat Sriparvatha Swamy Padanudhyatanam”.

The Telagunda inscription of Kadamba Santi Varma proves that the Srisailam region was originally included in the Pallava Kingdom (AD 248-575) and subsequently formed the first independent principality of Kadambas (AD 340-450).

A part of the inscriptional evidences, the Architectural features of the temple complex of Srisailam attest the patronage of Chalukyas (AD 624-848). The Kakatiyas (AD 953-1323) contributed much for the growth of the temple. Several steps in regulating the temple management were taken during their period. In the reign of Kakatiya Prathaparudra datable to 1313 AD, the gift of 70 villages to Srisailam temple made from time to time be several emperors, kings etc., was executed properly for the maintenance of the temple. Mailamadevi, sister of Ganapathideva is said to have constructed the vimana gopuram of Mallikarjuna Garbhalayam.

The period of Reddi Kings (AD 1325-1448) is the Golden Age of Srisailam that almost all rulers of this dynasty did celebrated service for the temple. Prolaya Vema Reddy, the Reddi King constructedstepped path way to Srisailam and also Pathalaganga. Anavemareddi constructed Veerasiro Mandapam in which the Veerasaiva devotees cut off their hands, tongues, limbs with devotion and this practice is known as Veeracharam.

The Velama Chiefs constructed flight of steps at Jatararevu, en-route from Umamaheswaram to Srisailam. The major contributions and renovations at Srisailam were taken up by Vijayanagara Rules (AD 1336-1678). The Second Harihararaya of Vijayanagara empire constructed the Mukhamandapam of Mallikarjuna Temple and also raised a Gopuram on the Southern side of the temple complex. Srikrishnadevaraya visited the shrine in 1516 AD on his return journey after a war with Gajapathis and constructed Salumandaps on both sides of the car street. It also taken the credit of the construction of Rajagopuram of the temple by him. The fall of the Viajyanagara rule witnessed Srisailam and this Kshetram lost its glory.

In the year 1674 AD Chatrapathi Sivaji the great Maratha King visited Srisailam, restored the festivals of the temple under protection of his officers and taken up some renovations.According to tradition the north gopuram of the temple was caused by him, to be constructed.

Later the Moghal Emperors conqured this region and this place was given as Jagir to Nawabs of Kurnool. After the fall of Moghal Emperors this place came under the control of Nizam of Hyderabad. When the Nizam cede the Kurnool District to the British East India Company in 1800 AD Major Manro took procession of the District and entrusted the management to the authorities of the District Court.

In 1929 a committee was constituted by the British Government for the management of the temple. 

In 1949 the temple came under the control of Endowments Department and attained its past glory after it was opened by the road during the year 1956.

TOURISM INFORMATION:
Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh of Kurnool district, Srisailam is an antique city resplendent with architectural marvels and cultural heritage of the yore. The city is located on the banks of River Krishna in Nallamala Hills. The town has frequent mentions in the old Hindu Puranas and the great epic Mahabharata.

The town is a home to well known Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India, and is devoted to Lord Shiva. Srisailam travel guide is full of references to the religious destinations and serene spots. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Hemareddy Mallamma Temple, Srisailam Sanctuary and Akka Mahadevi Caves are some of the prominent attractions which serve as a jewel in the crown of Srisailam. Shiva's devotional bull Nandi is believed to have undertaken here to be blessed by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Major places to visit in Srisailam Tour

1. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple 
On the southern bank of River Krishna, is a temple, the town Srisailam is known for. The Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, is the most celebrated temple of the town and finds it roots 6 centuries in history, when it was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar.

According to the legend that the temple houses, Goddess Parvati cursed sage Bringi to stand, as he only worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, after consoling the goddess, gave him a third leg, so that he could stand more comfortably. Find the idol of sage Bringi standing on three legs here as well as idols of Nandi, Sahasralinga and Nataraja. The walls and pillars of the temples are also adorned by beautiful carvings and sculptures. One of the most beautiful temples of the town, this is the one sacred structure, located on the Nallamala hills, that one should not miss while here.

2. Bhramaramba Devi Temple 
On the banks of River Krishna, over the Nallamala hills is the Bhramaramba Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The complex is inside the Mallikarjuna Swamy temple itself.

Bhramaramba literally translates into 'Mother of bees', and is a form of Goddess Parvati, who took the form of a bee to worship Lord Shiva in one of his forms, Mallikarjuna. The temple is also one of the Shakti Peeths of India and finds itself immersed in immense festivity and a huge crowd of devotees on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

3. Srisailam Dam 
One of the main centers of attraction for the town, the Srisailam Dam is also one of the 12 largest hydroelectric projects in India and something one must not miss, while here.

Across the Krishna River and overlooking the Nallamala woods, is the sprawling Srisailam Dam. Built over the unforgiving verve of the River Krishna, the dam is nestled in a deep canyon, surrounded by forests and sceneries, finding a home in the sound of gushing and falling water.

4. Srisailam Tiger Reserve 
The total area of this tiger reserve is 3568 acres, making it one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Srisailam Dam and Nagarjunasagar Dam are also located in the reserve area.

Apart from the Tiger, one can spot here, leopards, sloth bears, dhol, Indian Pangolin, Chital, Sambar deer, Chevrotain, Blackbuck, Chinkara, and Chowsingha. There are other reptiles and amphibians also found in this area including crocodile, Indian Python, Kind Cobra and Indian peafowl. One also finds a number of crocodiles in the down waters of Srisailam Dam, where a breeding programme, supported by the local government is being carried out.

5. Shikaresvara Temple 
At the highest point of Srisailam, referred to as Sikharam, one finds a temple dedicated to Sikhareswara Swamy, watching over the landscapes and a pristine River Krishna flowing below.

Sikhareswara Swamy, is one of the forms of Lord Shiva, and is believed to possess the power to free his devotees from their sins. Amongst this abode of the Lord of Sikharam and the some of the most beautiful views in the area, there is another temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Visit the temple, for breathtaking sceneries, views and hills, all wrapped around in a wisp of spirituality and devotion.

6. Sakshi Ganapati Temple The Sakshi Ganapati Temple has been beautifully located at the hill town of Srisailam. It's placed amongst the backdrop of picturesque natural settings and enshrines a black idol of Lord Ganesha.

Being the most loved Ganapati temple in Srisailam, all pilgrims generally tend to start their visit to Srisailam from Sakshi Ganapati temple. There is a modest climb of 10 steps to reach the sanctum of this temple. 

The most alluring part about the temple is its location. The temple nestles amongst dense woods. The surroundings are calm and the environment almost enchanting. The area is also clean and quiet pristine, making it suitable for praying and meditation.

7. Patala Ganga 
As the River Krishna turns down hill, it is surrounded by a certain spirituality in the air. Enjoy the sceneries around you and take a dip into these sacred waters, believed to have medicinal properties for healing skin diseases.

One can also try the enjoyable ropeway car ride and look down at the majestic river and lush green beauty all around.

8. Akkamahadevi Caves 
Take a boat ride through the Krishna River with sceneries, forests and hills all around to reach the Akkamahadevi Caves. Carry a few torches or candles, since these caves are usually pitch dark inside. Immersed in the darkness, find a sacred Shiva Linga inside the caves.

9. Lingala Gattu 
The devotion towards Lord Shiva, that Srisailam is known for, finds its way to the banks of Krishna River as well. A rocky bank of this river has each of its rocks, believed to be an image of Lord Shiva. The belief also grants the bank its name, 'Lingala Gattu'.

TEMPLE IMPORTANCE:
Sri Ahobila Muth, one of the most important Sri Vaishnava religious institutions in India, was established by Sri Athivan Satakopan at the instructions of Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha of Ahobilam. In fact, the utsava moorthy of the Malola Nrisimha temple, one of the nine shrines of Ahobilam, is the presiding deity of Sri Ahobila Mutham. Sri Malolan accompanies Srimad Azhagiya Singar, the spiritual and titular head of Sri Ahobila Mutham, on his travels. 
The temple consists of nine shrines to Lord Nrisimha located around a 5 KM circle. In addition to the nine shrines, there is a temple for Prahaladavarada Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain. Due to security reasons and the difficulty in performing daily worship, many of the utsava vigrahas of the nine shrines are kept in this temple.

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ABOUT SRISAILAM HARITHA HOTEL:
Guests can enjoy a tour of the historical temple shrine by staying at the Haritha hotel in Srisailam. The hotel has air-conditioned rooms and normal rooms with quality dining facilities.

SRISAILAM HARITHA HOTEL ROOMS TARIFF & SRISAILAM HARITHA HOTEL ROOM OPTIONS: 
There are Three Types of Room Options Available in Srisailam Haritha Hotel, Two in AC Category & One in Non-AC Category

1) AC DELUXE ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room: 
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.1596/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1400/- + Taxes) 
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.2166/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1900/- + Taxes)

2) AC ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room: 
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.1482/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1300/- + Taxes) 
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.1938/-per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1700/- + Taxes)

2) NON-AC DELUXE ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room: 
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.840/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.800/- + Taxes) 
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.1254/-per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1100/- + Taxes) 

BOOKING RULES FOR SRISAILAM HARITHA HOTEL RESERVATION:
Advance & Online Booking Options: You should book Minimum One Day Advance & Maximum 90 Days Advance as per Availability of Rooms
Check-Out Time: 12 Noon 
Number of Persons Allowed: 02 Adults per Room (02 Children below 10 Years Complementary)
Extra Beds Option: Not Available
Extra Persons Option: Only One Extra Person per Room is Allowed with Extra Person Charges (Extra Person Charges are Rs.300/- in AC Rooms & Rs.200/- in Non AC Rooms)
Food Options: Food Charges Extra - Payable as per your order at the Restaurant

CANCELLATION RULES FOR SRISAILAM HARITHA HOTEL RESERVATION:
1) "No Cancellation / No Refunds" if you request for cancellation within One Day / 24 Hours prior to Check-in Time / Day, and/or On Check-in Date, and/or after Check-in Time / Date, 
2) "20% Cancellation Charges" If you request for cancellation within Two (02) Days (48 hours) in advance and up to One Day (24 hours) prior to the Check-in Time / Date,
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