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MahaSivaratri Brahmothsavams: 
The Mahasivarathri Utsavams are being celebrated as Brahmothsavams in the month of Magham (the 11th month of Indian Lunar Calendar) which falls usually in the month of February/March.  This is a festival of seven days with Panchahnika Deeksha.  The Mahasivarathri day (29th day of Magham) is the most important day of the festival.  The important events of the celebrations are Ankurarpana, Dhwajarohana, Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess, Lingodhbhavakala Maharudrabhishekam to God, Pagalankarana, Kalyanothsavam, Radhothsavam and Dhwajavarohana.

The Brahmothsavams begins with Ankurarpana a religious ritual on the occasion of festival followed by the Dhwajarohana in which Dhwaja Patam (a white flag) marked with Nandi symbol is hoisted on the Dhwajasthambha of the temple.  It is said that the Dhwajarohana is the significant event of the starting of Brahmothsavams for inviting all Gods (Devathalu).

The Vahana Sevas are another important event of the celebrations in which the procession of the God and Goddess will took place on various vahanas (devine vehicles) like Seshavahanam, Mayuravahanam, Nandivahanam and Aswavahanam.

On the Mahasivarathri day at midnight during Lingodbhavakalam (the scared time in which God Siva manifests in the form of huge flaming Linga) Abhishekam will be performed to God Mallikarjuna Swamy in a religious manner.

Ugadi Celebrations: 
The Ugadi celebrations performed for a period of five days.  The festival begins three days before the Ugadi day i.e., Telugu New Years day (Chaitra Suddha Padyami) which generally falls in March - April.  More than Three Lakhs of pilgrims particularly from Karnataka and Maharastra States are visiting the temple during these utsavams.

The important events of the celebrations VahanaSevas to God and Goddess, Alankaras to Goddess, VeeracharaVinyasalu and Car festival.

The celebration begins with the Ganapathi Pooja followed by several rituals such as Punyahavachanam, AkhandaSthapana, Mantaparadhana and Ankurarpana.

On every day of the celebrations various special poojas like PratyekaAbhishekam to God, Navavaranarchana to Goddess, Rudrahomam and Chandihomam are performed.

An interesting feature is of that most of the people of Karnataka and some parts of Maharastra visited the temple on the occasion of these utsavams by traveling the whole distance on foot and presents their yearly offerings i.e., tamarind, kumkum, saree, mangala sutram, flowers etc., to Goddess Bhramaramba Devi.  They also carry Nandikavallu (Kambi in Kannada) on their shoulders which consist of Nandi images and offered pooja to it every day during their   travel.

On the night before Ugadi day a particular group of Kannada devotees called as Ganacharis express their devotion by performing the AgnigundaPravesam i.e., walking on the blowing embers.  They are also piercing with sharp pointed weapons to their forehead, tongue, cheek, chin, hands etc.  This practice is named as VeeracharaVinyasalu.

The Alankaras offered to Goddess are Mahalakshmi, Mahadurga, Mahasaraswathi, Rajarajeswari and Nijalankarana of Bhramaramba.

The Vahana Sevas performed to God and Goddess are Bhringivahanam, Nandivahanam, Kailasavahanam and RavanaVahanam On evening hours of every day the procession of Vahana Sevas and Alankaras will took place.

The Car festival performed at the evening hours of Ugadi day in a grand manner.  About 3 Lakhs pilgrims will visit the temple during the above period. 

Dasara Celebrations: 
Devi Sarannavaratrulu is a festival of nine days beginning from the first day of Asweejam month (the 7th month of Indian Lunar Calendar) which generally falls in September or October.  The important events of this utsavam are performing of Chandiyagam, Rudrayagam, Navadurgaalankaras to Goddess and Vahana Sevas to God and Goddess besides several special poojas.  Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is mainly worshiped in these utsavams.

The celebration begins with the Ganapathipooja followed by the Kalasa Sthapana and ends with Poornahuthi.

On every day of celebrations various religious rituals like Srichakrarchana, Navavaranapooja, Anustanams, DeviSapthasathi, Parayanas, etc., besides Yagams are performed.  Apart these Kumari Pooja, SuhasiniPooja are also conducted at evening hours.  In the Kumari Pooja girls within the age group of between 2 to 8 years and in Suhasini Pooja Soubhagyavati (a women whose husband is living) are worshiped as deities.  The Gampathi (Couple)Pooja is also took part on Mahanavami day i.e., on the 9th day in which pooja is offered to five couples.  This day closes with the offering of sacrificial rice, breaking of pumpkins, coconuts etc., to the Goddess as Satvikabali.

After completion of nine days, on the day of Dasara festival Poornahuthi of Chandiyagam and Rudrayagam are performed in the day time.  On that evening Sami Pooja (worship to Prosopia tree) is performed.  It is said that by seeing the Sami pooja one can get victory in his activities.

The NavadurgaAlankaras offered to utsava Vigraham of Goddess Bhramaramba in these utsavams are SailaPutri (Parvathi), Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmandadurga, Skandamatha, Katyayini, Kalaratri, Mahagouri and Siddhidayini.  In the evening hours of every day special poojas are performed to these Alankaramurthies.

Apart the above various Vahana Sevas viz., Bhringivahanam, Mayuravahanam, RavanaVahanam, KailasaVahanam, Hamsavahanam, Seshavahanam, Nandivahanam, GajaVahanam and Aswavahanam are offered to God and Goddess.

The procession of both the Alankaram, and Vahanam are arranged on a grand manner every day.

To participate in the above sevas one should pay Rs.2000/- per day as Ubhayam 

Kumbhothasavam is the most significant festival of the temple of Srisailam in which various offerings are made to Goddess Bhramaramba Devi.  This festival celebrates on the first Tuesday or Friday (which ever first comes) after full moon day of Chaitram, the beginning month of Indian Calendar.

It is said that on this day the Goddess is ferocious and so that various poojas like Navavarana, Trisathi, Khadgamala etc., are performed in Ekantham i.e., the doors of Bhramaramba temple remain closed and Archakas themselves performed poojas and there will not be usual darshanam at that time.  In the evening a man who dressed saree like a woman comes to the temple to offer harathi to the Goddess named as Kumbhaharathi and at time the doors of the temples will open.  After performing of Kumbha Harathi the Goddess is covered with large quantity of Turmeric and Kumkuma and then Satvikabali i.e., Kumbham (large quantity of cooked rice), breaking of Pumpkins, Coconuts on a large number and thousands of lemons etc., are offered to Goddess.

On this day the local tribal people called as Chenchus themselves engage in tribe dances before the Goddess and their prominence is much more in the celebrations.

According to tradition it is known that in ancient days there is Vamachara Sampradayam in which Human and Animal sacrifices are practiced in the temple.  Later the Advaitha Philosopher Adi Sankara who is believed to have lived in 5th - 6th century A.D., put an end for the VamacharaCult and introduced Dakshinachara cult in which the Satvikabali (offering of Pumpkins, Coconuts etc) was taken place.

At the afternoon of Kumbhothsavam day Annabhishekam is performed to God Mallikarjuna Swamy and after this the deity is covered with curd rice and temple doors remain closed till the early hours of next day.

Sankranthi Uthsavams  are also performed on the occasion of MakaraSankramanam.  These utsavams are celebrated for a period of seven days with Panchahnika Deeksha in the month of Pushyam (the 10th month of Indian Calendar) which falls in the month of January.

These utsavams begins with the Dhwajarohana and ends with the Dhwajavarohana.  In this celebrations various special rituals like Rudrahomam, Pushpotsavam, Sayanotsavam etc., are performed as per custom and usage.  The special feature of these celebrations is that on the Sankranthi day the Kalyanothsavam i.e., the marriage of God Mallikarjuna Swamy performed with Goddess Parvathi Devi.

'Arudra' is the birth Star of God Siva. In Dhanurmasam on the day of Arudra Nakshatram Special Poojas like Lingodhbhavakala Rudrabhishekam, Annabhishekam and Vahana Seve are offered to God Mallikarjuna Swamy.

Kartheeka Masothsavams 
Karthikam, the 8th month of Indian Calendar is said to be the most auspicious month. On the important days of this month like Mondays, full moon day etc., Deepothsavam in which a large number of lamps are lighted in the temple premises.  On the full moon day of the month Jvalathoranam (bonfire) performed in the temple. It is said that by mere seeing the said Jvalathoranam one can get clear of from sins.

Large number of pilgrims will visit the temple during Kartheeka Masam especially 30 to 40 thousands pilgrims will visit the temple during Sunday and Mondays of said month.

These Utsavams are performed in Sravanam (August - September) the 5th month of Indian Calendar.  In this month several special poojas are offered to God and Goddess.  The special feature of this utsavam is of that Akhanda SivanamaSankeerthana (Bhajana) performed round the clock continuously throughout the month.

Monthly Festivals 

These Utsavams are performed in Sravanam (August - September) the 5th month of Indian Calendar.  In this month several special poojas are offered to God and Goddess.  The special feature of this utsavam is of that Akhanda SivanamaSankeerthana (Bhajana) performed round the clock continuously throughout the month. 
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