Srisailam temple authorities are making elaborate arrangements for Ugadi. They are expecting more than five lakh devotees to walk to the temple from the Karnataka and Maharashtra borders.
The centuries-old padayatra tradition was suspended during the last two years in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The devotees who undertake the arduous walk — a part of the route that passes through the Nallamalla forests —see Goddess Bramaranbhika of the Srisailam temple as their daughter and Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy as their son-in-law.
Ugadi festival in Srisailam temple is a grand event which is celebrated for five days in Chaitra Masam of Telugu calendar. In 2022, Ugadi celebrations in Srisailam begin on March 30 and end on April 3. It is celebrated for five days.
Ugadi Pujas begin three days prior to Ugadi and conclude on the following day of the Ugadi festival. Ugadi is the Telugu New Year day and Kannada New Year day. The temple attracts several lakhs of devotees during Ugadi celebrations.
The temple festival also attracts lakhs of devotees from Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and other North Indian states. Ugadi also marks the beginning of the Kannada New Year in Karnataka. Ugadi is celebrated as Gudhi Padwa or Marathi New Year in Maharashtra and Nav Varsh in North Indian states.
The Ugadi Ustavams will be celebrated for a period of five days in Srisailam Temple. This Year Ustavams will Commence from March 30.
The Car festival is performed in the evening hours of Ugadi day in a grand manner. About 5 Lakhs pilgrims will visit the temple during the above period.
Alankaras to Goddess:
2022 Ugadi in Srisailam Temple:
- 30th March – Brungi Vahana Seva and Mahalakshmi Alamkaram
- 31st March – Kailasa Vahana Seva and Maha Durga Alamkaram
- 1st April – Prabotsavam, Nandi Vahana Seva, Maha Saraswathi Alamkaram and Agnigunda Pravesam
- 2nd April – Ugadi, Panchanga Sravanam and Rajarajeswari Alamkaram
- 3rd April – Purnahuthi, Nija Alamkarana and Aswa Vahana Seva