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Travel Guide To Bhadrachalam Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple In Telangana

Bhadrachalam is a small temple town in the Khammam district of Telangana. The town is famous for Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy temple which is one of the most important Hindu temples dedicated to Sri Rama. The temple is located on the banks of River Godavari and is visited by thousands of devotees from across the country.

The temple is located on a small hillock named Bhadragiri. The town got its name after the Bhadragiri hillock. According to legend a great saint named Bhadra who was an ardent devotee of Sri Rama was blessed by Sri Rama and transformed himself into a hillock. And the saint in the form of hillock places the temple of Sri Sita Rama on his head. The temple has rich historical background and it is believed that the temple dates back to the era of Sri Rama.

Bhadrachalam lies in the Dandakaranya forest region bordering the state of Jharkhand. The place has mythological significance as it is believed that Sri Rama spent his exile period in Dandakaranya forest along with Sita Devi and brother Lakshman.

Temple history

The construction of the temple on Bhadragiri hillock was the dream project of Kancharla Gopanna - a 17th century CE (Current Era) devotee of Sri Rama. He became popular as Bhakta Ramadasu. As per historical evidence, an old tribal woman named Pokala Dhammakka of the 17th century was a staunch devotee for Sri Rama. She used to live in Bhadrireddypalem, a village near Bhadrachalam. One night Sri Rama appeared in her dream and asked her to unearth the idols that were embedded in the Bhadragiri hillock.

The next day morning she went in search of the hidden idols and found the idols deep inside an anthill. She kept fetching pots of water from the nearby Godavari river and pouring on the anthill till the anthill got washed away. She then found the idols of Sita sameta Vaikuntha Rama and Lakshmana. The old tribal lady took the idols, placed these on an earthen platform under a thatched roof and worshiped the idol regularly. One day Sri Rama reappeared in her dream and foretold her that one of his devotees named Gopanna would construct a temple for Him on Bhadragiri hill.

As predicted a temple was built in 1674 CE by Gopanna who was the then Tahsildar in the court of Nawab Abbul Hussain Shah, the Taneshah of Golconda region. The old tribal woman Pokala Dhammakka recognized Kancherla Goppanna and helped him in the construction of the temple. And finally the idols of Sri Sita sametha Vaikuntha Rama and Lakshmana were installed in the temple. Thus the temple of Lord Rama came into existence.

Details of Bhadrachalam Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple

The temple daily opens at 4.30 a.m for the devotees with "Prabhadhotsavam" or awakening ceremony of Lord Rama. This is a special ticketed darshan and devotees can take part in the awakening ceremony where they can sit right in front of the main deities and have the darshan of Sri Sita Rama and Lakshmana. Devotees should be at the temple premises at least half-an-hour before the ceremony starts. All the devotees in this special darshan are packed / jammed in the small premises in front of the sanctum sanctorum. Only on Sundays abhishekam is performed to Sri Rama at 7.00 a.m and on the remaining days, abhishekam to Sri Rama is performed at Bhadruni Sannidhi at the same timings.

Sri Rama Navami is the main festival celebrated in the temple with great devotion. On this day the temple is heavily crowded with devotees from across the country who visit the temple to witness Kalyanotsavam of Sri Rama and Sita Devi. The Chief Minister of Telangana offer pattu vastralu i.e. silk costumes to the divine couple on this auspicious occasion, on behalf of the Govt of Telangana. The ceremony is aired live in various TV channels. The important festivals like Vaikuntha Ekadasi are celebrated here.

How to reach Bhadrachalam Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swamy Temple

Bhadrachalam which is located in the Dandakaranya region of Khammam district bordering the state of Jharkhand. It is well connected by rail route with all the important places of the state. Besides the rail route, there are State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses that ply from every corner of the state. Special buses are arranged by the state RTC on the special occasion of Sri Rama Navami celebrations to meet with heavy in pour of devotees to this place.

Accommodation near Bhadrachalam Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swamy Temple

As Bhadrachalam temple is one of the most popular pilgrim place of the state, there are lots of budget as well as luxury hotels in Bhadrachalam. There are also choultries run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and also by Bhadrachalam Devasthanam. There are AC rooms as well as non-AC rooms with single and double bed facilities at these choultries.

Interesting places to visit near Bhadrachalam

There are many interesting places to visit around Bhadrachalam. The important ones are:

Parnasala

A place around 35 Km from Bhandrachalam. This is an important attraction as it is believed that Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita Devi built their hermitage at this place in Dandakaranya and lived here during their exile period in forest. And it is at this place that Ravana - the King of Lanka came in the disguise of a hermit and kidnapped Sita Devi. There are life size statues depicting some of the important incidents of the Aranya Kanda of Ramayana.

Paapikondalu

One of the top tourist attractions near Bhadrachalam where Mother Nature is at her best and gives a feast to the eyes to the nature lovers. The tourists can go on a thrilling and joyous ride in a launch on the waterways which is a 3 Km stretch on the Bhadrachalam-Rajamandry waterways. Tourists can have the scenic view of mighty River Godavari that narrows down and flows between a stretch of hills called 'Paapikondalu'. A launch ride through 'Paapikondalu' is the most popular trip where tourists. There are many tour packages operated by the govt tourism dept and also by various private launch operators. From Bhadrachalam, tourists need to reach a place called Kunavaram by road, where river Sabari merges with Godavari. Kunavaram is at a distance of about 50 Km from Bhadrachalam and from this place tourists can go on a Motor Launch to Rajahmandry on the river Godavari which is a four and half hours ride. Most of the tour packages come with food provision on board.

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