Atmakuru: Practising the 16th century ritual, people from Karnataka, who regard Goddess Bhramaramba as their sister, are trekking hundreds of kilometres carrying silk sari, bangles, turmeric and kumkum on their heads for the deity to reach Srisailam by Ugadi. Devotees from Maharashtra also join them. Braving hot sun, majority of them are trekkingthe forest route to reach Srisailam.
Devotees from other states trekking the forest route on Tuesday to reach Srisailam by Ugadi
According to the legend, Chatrapati Sivaji Maharaj travelled on horseback to Srisailam crossing River Krishna and Telangana. He worshipped the goddess, who gifted him a sword. Afterwards, Sivaji emerged victorious in various wars he had waged with his enemies. The devotees are passing through the Nagaluti, Pechcheruvu, Bheemunikolanu and the Nallamala forest region to reach the temple by Ugadi, which is six days away.
By M Sathya Peter