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Srisailam Trip - Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum in Srisailam

At Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum in Srisailam, you can have a peep into the tribal life / culture. It reminds one of the Tribal Museum in Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam District.
The museum is small yet it is worth a visit, particularly for those who are keen on having a peep into the Indian tribal life / culture. The museum opens at 8.30 a.m and closes at 8 p.m. There are very few visitors at this place, may be many don't know that there is one such museum in Srisailam. The entry ticket is at a very low price i.e Rs.20/- per person and Rs.10/- per child for children in the age group of 5 to 10 years.
On entering inside the gate, you can see properly maintained greenery and some ethnic structures all around. In the garden, there is life-size statutes of a tribal couple and the statue of Chenchu Lakshmi.

Here is a briefing on 'Chenchu Lakshmi'. According to legends, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi Devi incarnated as an adivasi (tribal) woman in the Chenchu tribal community. She was a brave woman and skilled archer who married to Lord Narasimha Swamy in His human form.

On entering inside the museum through the arch shaped structure,

you can see the life-size statue of an Adivasi (tribal) snake charmer sitting on stones in front of the ant hill in a typical posture and playing music with the traditional piper.
Taking photos / clicks inside the museum is strictly prohibited. So, visitors need to leave their cams in their vehicles or inside their handbags. There is no special counter to keep your cams. It goes on trust with the visitors. On entering inside, you can go round the museum to have a glimpse of the Indian tribes and their lifestyle.

As you go up the stairs, you can see a tribal couple sitting inside a thatched hut and extracting honey from the comb while a man repairs his bow standing out the hut. You can see the typical ethnic house hold stuff like earthen pot, bamboo containers and a dappu (local traditional drum).

On going further up the stairs, there is the statue of a man repairing his dappu inside the hut. Few local stuff like the two-piece grinding stone (known as 'tiragali' in Telugu language), a bamboo basket and few iron things scattered inside the hut.

Likewise, you get to see the tribal life / culture of following Indian tribal communities:
  • Khond

    Khonds live in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar. They are also called Khands.
  • Yerukala

    'Yerukala' community lives in Andhra Pradesh and they call themselves 'kurru'. The women of this community are basically fortune-tellers. However, their population is gradually diminishing. They speak Yerukala language.
  • Savara

    Savaras live in the Eastern Ghats of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. They make their settlements on the hill slopes. They speak Savara language.
  • Yanadi

    Yanadi tribal community live in the districts of Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh. They mingle with the non-tribal community and speak Telugu language.
  • Gond

    Gonds live in Central India and are concentrated in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. They are spread in Madhya Pradesh, parts of Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Gonds speak the local language of the state in which they live.
  • Kolam

    This tribal community are inhabitants of Adilabad district of Telangana. They speak Kolami language.
  • Deva Chenchu

    Chenchus are spread across the districts of Mahboobnagar (Telangana), Kurnool district (Andhra Pradesh), Prakasam (Andhra Pradesh) and Guntur (Andhra Pradesh). They speak chenchu language. The tribes of this community strongly believe that they are the descendants of Chenchu Lakshmi and Lord Mallikarjuna.
After getting around the small dome shaped tribal museum, you get to know much about the tribal life and their culture as you read the detailed information written about these tribal communities, on the walls.

The tribal museum in Srisailam is one of the best places for a family visit and one of the must-visit places in Srisailam. From here you can visit Phaladhara Panchadhara which is yet another must-visit places in Srisailam.

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