Srisailam is one of the Jyotirlingas in India. It is the abode of Sri Mallikarjuna (lord Shiva). This holy place has one of the 18 Shakti peethas in India. The goddess here is called Bhramaramba. The place is famous for many divine medicinal plants. The place is so powerful both divine and modern ways. It has a Hydel project to its credit which rightly shows the sample of the divine power that Sri Adi Sankara himself adored.
The tradition of choultries in Srisailam goes back a century, when Karivena Brahamins established one to provide free food to pilgrims. It was welcomed at that time, when no provision was available for pilgrims for food or stay. The organisers had offered rice flour mixed with jaggery as an energy provider to tired pilgrims who reached the place after weeks of trekking through dense forests. Hot water to clean wounds and castor oil for application was also provided.
The tradition continues and the pilgrimage has increased in volume.
The choultry had been given an acre of land by the temple in 1961, paving the way for the construction of a full-fledged building with 100 rooms in 1974. During normal days, around 500 people are provided free meals here. During the Sivaratri festival, around 10,000 are fed. The choultry, is open for non-Brahmins also.
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Annadanam during Shivaratri
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