Monday, 9 April 2012


09, April 2012
I had been to Srisailam on 5th and 6th of November 2011.(CLICK HERE ) After hearing my experience, my friends ( M/s Swaminathan, Srinivasamoorthy & Muthu  Arunachalam ) also wanted to make a trip to Srisailam. This is my second trip to Srisailam on 7th and 8th April 2012. We had planned in advance and booked the train tickets up to Ongole. From there we have decided to go by bus. The yathra went as per the schedule. Except Andhra Pradesh heat, I don’t find any difficulty. Post yathra trip worsened my health due to food and the hot climate. Otherwise it was an wonderful journey and experience. After landing Sri Sailam around 11.30 Hrs,  left our bags at Pathalaeswara Guest House ( Room rent Rs 800, which can be booked at Ganga sadan  near Temple ) and went to Paathala Ganga for bath ( Srisailam Dam ).   Down and up climbed by steps and our two friends came by rope car.  After meals at the guest house restaurant, had taken a rest for 2 hours. Went for Deepa aarathi dharshan around 17.30 Hrs and had good dharshan of Lord Shiva Sri Mallikarjunaswamy. 

After dharshan came out of the temple around 19.00 Hrs and decided to go for the local temples visit. Went to Shakshi ganapathy temple, Sikaram ( Dharshan of main temple through the horns of Nandhi ), Kataheswaram and Amman temple. Returned to room and taken rest up to 04.30 Hrs and assembled at Mallikarjunaswamy Temple for abishekam ( Rs 1000 each ). Around 7.00 Hrs alowed us to perfor the abishekam, which is a wonderful experience for me to touch and do the abishekam. With great and wonderful  dharshan, of Sri Mallikarjunaswamy left for local temples visit once again. This time we had been to Sankara Mutt ( Very near to the main temple ), Paladhara & Panchadhara ( It is believed that Aadhi Sakarar had composed the Soundarya lahari and Sivandha Lakari at this place ), Rudhraksha mandapam, Mallamma Kanneeru.  Since the time was up to come back to Chennai, we cut shot our visit. Vacated the room and  we started our return journey to Chennai around 11.30 Hrs, bus up to Ongole. Boarded the train around 20.00 Hrs at Ongole and reached Chennai early Monday morning 04.00 Hrs.   

It is observed that the construction of the temple and Raja Gopurams are mixture of South and north Indian architecture. The Rajagopuram is of South Indian ( Tamil Nadu ) type. But the mollavar vimanam is of North Indian style. Instead of kalasam we could notice a Thrisool. There are two kodimarams front and back of main shrine, this is for containing the power of lord within the shrine ( understand from the devotees )   

My dream of making this yathra once again on day time has came to true. During the yathra, I had taken no of Photographs through my Mobile X 10 mini, are uploaded in this post. 

  1. On the train route from Chennai to Kolkatta, get down at Ongole and from there bus facility is available 
  2. From major cities of Andhra Pradesh buses are available to Sri Sailam.
  1. Temple web site

( Srisailam Dam )

 Dwara balakars at the entrance of temple street)
  Dwara balakars at the entrance of temple street)
East side 5 tier Rajagopuram 
From the Compound wall sculpture  we could able  to relate the story of Thiruvaanaikka Temple, where Elephant and spider ( In the latter birth he born as Chozha King, Chenkot Chozhan and built may maada Temples where  elephant cannot enter in to the moolavar sanctum. ) worshiped Lord Shiva. 
May be relate to Sri Kalahasti also where Elephant and snake worshiped Lord shiva 

Anda Perandam a Hoysala's symbol. This is not a man nor a bird
 ( West side rajagopuram )

( Muthuarunachalam, Swamynathan, Srinivasamoorthy & Guide)
( Muthu Arnachalam, Self, Srinivasa murthy and the guide ) 
( Sudhai Natarajar )
 ( Veena Dhakshinamoorthy with Sanatha Munivars which is rare )
 ( Somas kandhar )



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  2. Dear Sir, By any chance do you have Guide's name and telephone numbers ? I have a plan to visit this in two weeks ( if God permits). :-)

    1. Sorry Krishna We did not engaged any guide. There are lot of people out side to arrange for Dharshan with charges but you have to negotiate. Regarding local visit you can hire an auto and there is a standard tariff for a list of places....

  3. I am native of Chennai & By God's grace I visit Srisailam 3-4 times a year and I am more attracted to this temple than any other temple. I stay for about 2-3 days almost every time at Srisailam.As told shortest route is to go to Ongole and take bus/car to reach Srisailam.However there is a direct bus run by APSRTC from Chennai to Srisailam,which leaves by evening and reaches Srisailam next day morning after 9.30.This bus route is via Kadapa.You may avoid Week ends & Monday to have peaceful darshan.Any information on trip to Srisailam,you may contact me at 098403 55790,I shall try to detail/help as much as I can. Om Namasivaya. Subbarayan.

    1. Thanks very much for the offer and the information . I will contact you for any help needs. In the mean time kindly letme know your name please
      Thanks and regards