Devotees from other states trekking the forest route on Tuesday to reach Srisailam by Ugadi
Devotees from other states trekking the forest route on Tuesday to reach Srisailam by Ugadi

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.

While some others are travelling to the famous Siva temple on horseback. According to an estimate, Srisailam Mallikarjuna Multipurpose Trust provided break-fast, lunch, buttermilk and medicines to about five lakh devotees so far. The trust chairman MS Patil, along with 300 of the trust employees, rendered services to the devotees on their pilgrimage.

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