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 .
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.
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:
KhondKhonds 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.
SavaraSavaras live in the Eastern Ghats of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. They make their settlements on the hill slopes. They speak Savara language.
YanadiYanadi 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.
GondGonds 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.
KolamThis tribal community are inhabitants of Adilabad district of Telangana. They speak Kolami language.
Deva ChenchuChenchus 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.
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.