We discuss Bhadrachalam Temple History of Lord Sree Sita Ramachandra Swamy is a Hindu temple located in Khammam district of Telangana state, India. Today we discuss the complete information of temple Bhadrachalam and its importance. Kancharla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas constructed Bhadrachalarama temple. He was born to Linganna Murthy and Kamamba in Nelakondapalli village of Khammamett Taluk in the 17th century (1630 AD).
Bhadrachalam Temple History
A sacred place that attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the world, it is the abode of Lord Rama (The seventh incarnation of SriMahavishnu). This hill place which is encircled by holy river Godavari flowing towards southern direction is the famous shrine Bhadrachalam-The name derived from Bhadragiri (Mountain of Bhadra-a boon child of Meru and Menaka). According to a Ithihasas, the significance of this shrine dates back to the Ramayana Era. This coherent hill place existed in “Dandakaranya” Of Ramayana period where Rama with his consort Sita and brother Laxmana had spent their vanavasa- and Parnashaala(the place connected to the famous Golden Deer and the place from where Sita was abducted by Ravana.) is also in the vicinity of this temple site. It is at this Mandir site that, long after Ramavatara, Bhagawan Mahavishnu manifested Himself as Rama again to fulfil a promise He made to His Bhakta Bhadra, who continued his Tapas through Yugas, praying for the grace of the Bhagawan Sri Ramachandra murthy.
Exigency of Incarnation
The history depicts that the need emerged the incarnation of Vaikunta Rama was that to fulfill a long desire of his ardent devotee Bhadra.
The Saint Bhadra performed penance at the bank of river Godavari in Dandakaranya to get grace of lord Rama and in countenance of his beloved God. The exulted sage implored Rama to be seated on his head, but Rama who was in search of his consort Sita gave promise to his Bhakta that his desire would be fulfilled on his way back, after finding Sita and accomplishing the process of punishing the wicked Ravana and establish ‘Dharma’. Thus the sage had been in continuation of the frightened penance, as Rama could not accomplish the promise in Ramavatara. Then Sri Mahavishnu manifested himself as Vaikunta Rama and rushed to his devotee Bhadra, signaling his arrival by blowing ‘Shanku’, accompanied by his consort Sita and brother Laxmana, resembling that of ‘Gajendra Moksham.’ Thus, the deities of Rama (having four hands) — Shanku on the right, Chakra at his left and Dhanurbhana (Bow and Arrow in the other two hands) — Sita had condescended on the left lap of Rama and brother (at Ram’s left) are. And the hill place where the Deities were seated was the head place of Bhadra – Achala (immovable, i.e., hill), thus this shrine was transformed into Bhadrachalam.
Pokala Dhammakka found the deities of Vaikunta Rama, Laxmana and Sita. She was an ardent devotee of Rama lived in the 17th century was inhabitant of Bhadrireddypalem, a mile away from this holy place. One night, she had darshan of Rama in her dream and was told by lord Rama “the saints and sages are worshiping my embodied deity settled on Bhadragiri” and asked her to trace them, perform pooja and attain salvation. On the very next day morning she started searching for the deities – peeped into an anthill and found the deities hidden in it. She poured hundreds of pots of Godavari water on the anthill, which tardily dissolved and gave way to appear the hidden Deities. Since then, she used to perform pooja daily and offer ‘nivedyam’ with fruits fallen from near palmyra tree and constructed a mandapam with the help of local villagers.
Construction of Bhadrachalam Temple by Bhakta Ramadas
Kancharla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas constructed Bhadrachalarama temple. He was born to Linganna Murthy and Kamamba in Nelakondapalli village of Khammamett Taluk in the 17th century (1630 AD). As Tahasildar he was discharging his official duties earnestly and collecting revenues due to Nawabs in continuation of daily preaches: chanting of ‘Ramanama’ and the feeding the poor at his house. Ramadasa heard the news that the villagers of palvoncha paragana were proceeding to witness Jatara at Bhadrachalam. He, too, out of curiosity, visited Bhadrachalam. He found the deities in an amazing appearance; Ramadas then asked the villagers to contribute liberally for the construction of the temple. The villagers appealed to him to spend the revenue collections for the construction of the temple with a promise to repay the amount after harvesting the crops. As such Ramadas constructed the temple with Rs 6 Lakhs collected from the land revenues without the permission of the Golconda Nawab.
When the temple reached completion, he had a problem of fixing the ‘Sudarshana Chakra’ at the crest of the main temple. Deeply distressed he fell into sleep. On the same night, Rama in his dream asked him to have a holy dip in the river Godavari where he would find it accordingly. On the next day morning Gopanna did so and found holy Sudarshana Chakra in the river without much difficulty. He presumed that Sudarshana Chakra itself was shaped up with the divine power of his beloved God Rama. Soon after the construction, his miseries started. He was dismissed from service for misuse of revenue for constructing the temple, jailed for 12 years in Golconda Fort, and was tortured. Unable to withstand the miseries, Ramadas implored Rama to relieve him by singing many praising and emotional songs, which got popularized from the stanzas of ‘Dasaradhi Sathakam’ and ‘Keertanas’ of Bhakta Ramadasa.
The Golconda King Tanishah, the then ruler of Qutub Shahi Kingdom became a devotee of Rama who realized the devotion spirit of Ramadas after his imprisonment and took over the charge of temple administration. This resembles the communal harmony amongst the Hindus and Muslims.
The Golconda King, Tanishah realized Ramadas’s devotional spirit and dedication towards Rama, when Rama and Laxmana repaid six lakhs mohurs exposing themselves as Ramoji and Laxmoji, the servants of Bhakta Ramadas to get release of their devotee from the imprisonment. Thanisha gave voucher to these divine looking persons who approached him at his house during late night. Then they kept the voucher under the pillow of Gopanna where he was jailed. Tanishah who woke up the next morning realized that those divine looking persons were none other than Rama and Laxmana and made arrangements to get release of Gopanna and prayed to forgive him by placing all the Gold Mohurs received last night at the feet of Gopanna. But, he refused to take back those mohurs except two as a mark of divine significance, and these two coins can still be seen in Bhadrachalam Temple.
Influenced by Lord Rama, Golconda Ruler Tanishah earmarked the income derived from the said Palwoncha paragana which came to Rs 20,000 and odd for the maintenance of the temple which was continued during Qutub Shahi’s reign and offering pearls on the occasion of Kalyana mahotsavam (SriRamanavami) to Deities on an elephant through a specially sent messenger. That procedure of sending pearls to the Deities is still followed by present state Government and continued to offer during SriRamanavami Festival.
Tumu Narsimha Dasa, Tahasildar of Palwoncha paragana, with his associate Varada Ramadasa came here from Guntur and took over charge of Bhadrachalarama temple after Ramadas made inscribed the performance of Nitya Poojas and sevas right from early morning “Suprabhata Seva” till night “Pavalimpu Seva” before closure of the temple as “Silaasaasanaalu” on these two pillars. This inscription gave details of daily dittam and daily rituals also. This is the Bhadrachalam Temple History and below are the most important information of temple.
Badrachalam Temple Images:
Bhadrachalam Temple Timings:
The day begins at the temple with “Prabhadhotsavam” or awakening ceremony at 4.30 AM with specially composed songs of Tumu Narasimhadas, poems, Sannai Trupets Naubat etc. Abhishekam will be performed at 7.00 AM to Lord Rama on Sundays and all the remaining days abhishekams will be performed at Badruni Sannithi on the same time. Note: All saswatha pujas are for a period of 10 years only. For further information, please call Temple Superintendent 7660-007-679.
Saswatha Pujas *
|Srimadramayana Parayana (Sarannavaratri Mahotsvam 9 Days)||7500.00|
|Saswatha Alankarm (Vaikunta Ekadasi Days) each Ubhyam||7500.00|
|Saswatha Nitya Kalyanam||10000.00|
|Saswatha Vahana Seva (Garuda, Hamsa, Aswa, Suryaprabha and for each seva)||5100.00|
|Saswatha Pattabbhishekam (on Pushyami Nakshtram day only)||2500.00|
|Saswatha Sahasra Namarchana (Utsavamurthulu)||1000.00|
|Saswatha Abhishekam (at Bhadra Temple)||500.00|
|Saswatha Laksha Kumkumarchana on Ekadasi Day||2500.00|
|Saswatha Alankara ubhayam rusum in Sarannavaratri Mahothsavams (each ubhayam)||7500.00|
|Saswatha Uchita Prasada Vitarana||1116.00|
Bhadrachalam Temple Accommodation: Hotels
In Bhadrachalam, excellent accommodation facilities are available – Government Guest Houses, Tourism Hotels, Cottages and Sadanams.
Accommodation is also available in private hotels and lodges.
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How To Reach:
Hyderabad to bhadrachalam:
5 h 44 min (310.4 km) via NH163
5 h 18 min (309.3 km) via NH 9
Vijayawada to bhadrachalam:
4 h 7 min (199.5 km) via NH16