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Akhila Bharateeya Brahmana Karivena Nityannadana Satram
The tradition of choultries in Srisailam goes back a century, when Karivena Brahamins established one to provide free food to pilgrims. It was welcomed at that time, when no provisions were available for pilgrims for food or a place to stay. The organisers had offered rice flour mixed with jaggery as an energy provider to tired pilgrims who reached the place after weeks of trekking through dense forests. Hot water to clean wounds and castor oil for application was also provided.
The choultry had been given an acre of land by the temple in 1961, paving the way for the construction of a full-fledged building with 100 rooms in 1974. During normal days, around 500 people are provided free meals here. During the Sivaratri festival, around 10,000 are fed. The choultry, is open for everyone.
Visit the Akhila Bharateeya Brahmana Karivena Nityannadana Satram web site.