Srisailam Temple

Srisailam Temple

KURNOOL: How safe is Srisailam temple? Are VIP visits to the temple safe?  Not much, if one were to go by the version of the Temple Executive Officer Bharat Gupta. The temple town of Srisailam is covered by around 600 closed circuit cameras located at various points. There is, however, no mechanism to monitor the feed from them. It is really alarming at Srisailam.
Srisailam temple Executive Officer Bharat Gupta said that security at the temple is a “very serious lapse.” He pointed out, “We do not have sufficient staff to monitor the temple property. There  are four gates for entry into the temple. Security staff is being maintained. Still the security can be termed as ‘porous’.”
He added, “We do not have the budget to beef up security. We have requested Kurnool SP to provide us security.”
Gaining entry into the temple premises is the easiest thing at Srisailam as security staff is hand in  glove with the operators outside.With several VIPs including Union and state ministers, High Court and Supreme Court judges and top businessmen visiting the temple, providing foolpfoof security to those guests is a hard task within the temple premises.  Any one can gain entry into the temple at any time of the day is the official assertion. The top temple management is oblivious of the real security threats, it is alleged.
Only small objects of theft are reported while the bigger security aspects have not been reported or addressed to which is the reality. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, the excutive officer said that it is very disturbing to note that unauthorised persons gain entry into the Srisailam temple at will. There  is no screening machansim for them. People who have nothing to do with the temple are seen in the premises, including the sanctum sanctorium and at  a place where the hundi collections are being carried out, said EO Bharat Gupta.
On Monday we found a person who gained entry into the temple and was caught stealing silver objects, the EO said.  Sources at the temple said that  theft of gold and silver ornaments was a routine affair. “There are certain forces entrenched in the temple. I have been trying to ease them out and have installed several management practices to protect the temple from these threats, but still it is happening at regular intervals,” lamented  the Executive Officer.
However,  CS Rangarajan, Chief priest of Chilkur Balaji temple, who fought for protection of temple assets, said that it is the bounden  duty of the Executive Officer to protect the temple assets as custodian. He said that the EO can’t shirk his responsibility. Kurnool district Superintendent of Police Gopinath Jatti said they provide security outside the temple. For all festival, police force has been deployed in good strength, he added. However what goes inside sanctum is not our purview, the SP said. The contract for the security of the temple has been bagged by a politician with close links to Chief Minister.
He also enjoys equal support from the main opposition leader in the  Assembly. With such infiltrators within the temple structure,  how could anyone  bring about a bureaucratic change is the moot question at Srisailam. In the past a police station at Srisailam was blasted by Naxlites in 2001. Also, 24 dalits were massacred at Vempenta vaillage in Atmakur which now falls under Srisailam constituency. The thieves set their on eyes on the offerings at the temple. It is common knowledge, that the pilgrims, who visit Srisailam temple pay their homage by submitting in the hundi kept in the temples their mite. Such collections, sometimes include silver and other valuable articles. These hundi collections form an asset of the Devasthanam, which they utilise for the purpose of propagating the religion and for serving the various objects for which the Devasthanam has been founded.

Patala Ganga, Srisailam Overiew

As the River Krishna turns down hill, it is surrounded by a certain spirituality in the air. Enjoy the sceneries around you and take a dip into these sacred waters, believed to have medicinal properties for healing skin diseases. One can also try the enjoyable ropeway car ride and look down at the majestic river and lush green beauty all around.

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Srisailam Overview

On the southern bank of River Krishna, is a temple, the town Srisailam is known for. The Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, is the most celebrated temple of the town and finds it roots 6 centuries in history, when it was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar.

According to the legend that the temple houses, Goddess Parvati cursed sage Bringi to stand, as he only worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, after consoling the goddess, gave him a third leg, so that he could stand more comfortably. Find the idol of sage Bringi standing on three legs here as well as idols of Nandi, Sahasralinga and Nataraja.
The walls and pillars of the temples are also adorned by beautiful carvings and sculptures. One of the most beautiful temples of the town, this is the one sacred structure, located on the Nallamala hills, that one should not miss while here.

Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Srisailam Overview

The total area of this tiger reserve is 3568 acres, making it one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Srisailam Dam and Nagarjunasagar Dam are also located in the reserve area.

Apart from the Tiger, one can spot here, leopards, sloth bears, dhol, Indian Pangolin, Chital, Sambar deer, Chevrotain, Blackbuck, Chinkara, and Chowsingha. There are other reptiles and amphibians also found in this area including crocodile, Indian Python, Kind Cobra and Indian peafowl.
One also finds a number of crocodiles in the down waters of Srisailam Dam, where a breeding programme, supported by the local government is being carried out.

Akkamahadevi Caves, Srisailam Overview

The virgin setting of Akkamahadevi caves around 10 kilometres away from Srisailam in Telangana is a natural wonder. Located right across the perennial Krishna river, the caves are a natural formation that has been in existence for more than a million years. The caves are located amidst the Eastern Ghats which stretches for vast sections of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With its naturally formed arch at the entrance which stands without any support of any kind, the caves portray an imposing image on the viewer’s eyes.

Although the main attraction is the deep-lying Shivalinga inside the extensive maze of pathways, it also is an adventurer’s abode. The lingam is a popular religious shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva and has attracted tourists and pilgrims for centuries. The hills of the Nallamala range across the ghat section are a sight to behold, offering serene, picturesque views of the vista around, en route the Akkamahadevi Caves.
The Krishna river is the sole route available to access the caves, and the small but scenic journey is said to be well worth the effort. Private and public boat operators undertake these short trips from the small piece of habited land, close to Srisailam. Bordered by the towering Nallamala hills on all sides, the pristine Krishna river offers a calm ride which may last up to an hour or so. There are numerous rock-cut natural cave formations in and around the region, but Akkamahadevi Caves is the fascinating sight of them all.

Srisailam Dam, Srisailam Overview

One of the main centres of attraction for the town, the Srisailam Dam in Telangana is also one of the 12 largest hydroelectric projects in India. A blend of uninterrupted natural beauty and engineering genius, the Srisailam Dam emerges out of the verdant greenery of the Nallamala Hills to mark its presence. It is built across unrelenting verve of the Krishna river and is nestled in a deep canyon, surrounded by forests and sceneries, finding a home in the sound of gushing and falling water. The road up to the dam is a scenic beauty too, and the view of the Srisailam Dam is a humbling sight to behold.

One of the best things to do around the site of the Srisailam dam is to spend some quality time with your friends and family as you look over to the gurgling waters of River Krishna. The view from the top of the dam is an astonishing sight, especially when the water is released and you can see the might of its flow right in front of your eyes. Owing to its natural charms, it is a delightful destination for nature enthusiasts and photography lovers as well. A weekend picnic to this attraction is an instant fix from the stress of face-paced city life.

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Srisailam Overview

On the southern bank of River Krishna, is a temple, the town Srisailam is known for. The Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, is the most celebrated temple of the town and finds it roots 6 centuries in history, when it was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar.

According to the legend that the temple houses, Goddess Parvati cursed sage Bringi to stand, as he only worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva, after consoling the goddess, gave him a third leg, so that he could stand more comfortably. Find the idol of sage Bringi standing on three legs here as well as idols of Nandi, Sahasralinga and Nataraja.
The walls and pillars of the temples are also adorned by beautiful carvings and sculptures. One of the most beautiful temples of the town, this is the one sacred structure, located on the Nallamala hills, that one should not miss while here.

Lingala Gattu, Srisailam Overview

The devotion towards Lord Shiva, that Srisailam is known for, finds its way to the banks of Krishna River as well. A rocky bank of this river has each of its rocks, believed to be an image of Lord Shiva. The belief also grants the bank its name, ‘Lingala Gattu’.