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Temples & Legends Of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

SRISAILAM

During the great Sivarathri festival, when thousands of people congregate to bathe in the sacred waters of the Pathalaganga and worship Lord Mallikarjuna, the Chenchus also go and worship inside the Garbha Griha independent of all the Priests’. To this day, caste, creed or sex does not prohibit any one, providing he or she is a Hindu, from doing Abhisheka to the Lord from the waters of the Pathalaganga or to do Archana with flowers directly. Such a catholic form of worship is unknown anywhere else in Andhra, except at Srisailam and this custom probably dates back to the Buddhist period when caste rules were not so rigid.

Srisailam may be traced back to the Buddhist period and perhaps even earlier than to the Mahayana school of the Buddhism, which is known to have flourished during the 1st century A.D. The Buddhist pilgrims, Fahiyan and Hieuntsang have made references to the Sriparvata hill, which is in the Nagarjunakonda valley of the same river Krishna.

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