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Location : Srisailam, Kurnool District
Month : February-March
Deity : Bhraramaramba-Mallikarjunaswamy (Lord Shiva)

Mahashivaratri festival, celebrated at Srisailam, is of all-India importance. This festival usually falls in the month of February-March and is a time to solemnly invoke Lord Shiva through fasts and chants. Lakhs of pilgrims throng to worship the deity and have a holy dip in the river Krishna known as the "Pathala Ganga". Hence pilgrimage during this time is not advisable.

Mahashivaratri Festival at Srisailam, Andhra PradeshDevotees perform 'Abhisheka' to the Lord with ghee, fruits, curd, milk, honey, flowers etc. 'Ganneru' leaves and oleander flowers are supposed to be very dear to Lord Shiva and so the devotees worship the lord with these leaves and flowers. Cultural programs like 'Bhajanas', 'Puranakalakshepa', 'Harikatha', rural plays etc are organised to engage devotees who observe 'Jagarana'.

Being in the 'Ghat' section it is advisable to travel in public transport or in groups, as the fear of likely attack by thieves and wild animals.


Air: The nearest airport is at Hyderabad (232-km)

Rail: The nearest railway stations are at Kurnool and Nandyal on the Guntur-Hubli road at a distance of 158-km.

Road: Srisailam is well connected by APSRTC and Devasthanam buses with Hyderabad, Mahboobnagar, Nalgonda, Devorkonda, Guntur, Vijayawada, Kurnool, Ongole, Mahanandi, Mantralayam, Anantapur, Tirupati and Chitradurg among other places.

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