Most popular Sri Rama temple in Bhadrachalam town is closely associated to mythology Ramayana and history of Hyderabad. A devotee must know the interesting legends associated with this holy temple.
Important Places & History of Bhadrachalam Temple
Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are said to have stayed at Parnasala, 35 km away from Bhadrachalam. Rama is said to have crossed the river Godavari on his way to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita, at the spot where the Bhadrachalam temple stands, on the northern bank of the river.
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 accomplished the process of punishing the wicked Ravana and went to Ayodhya. But 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. 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 Laxmana at Ram’s left. And the hill place where the Deities were seated was the head place of Bhadra - Achala (Bhadra hill), thus this shrine was transformed into Bhadrachalam.
The folklore associated to this temple tells, 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.
Temple History associated to Nizams
The temple in Bhadrachalam is closely connected with the life of the 17th century saint composer Kancharla Gopanna who was known as Bhakta Ramadas. Gopanna was the Tahasildar of Bhadrachalam (second half of the 17th century), is said to have used money from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda. Lord Rama is said to have miraculously given the Sultan the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa and went on to compose innumerable number of songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.
Kabirdas, a Muslim by birth is also closely associated with this temple. It is believed that the images of the deities miraculously disappeared when Kabir was refused entry into the temple and that they reappeared miraculously upon his being permitted to enter.
The famous Sree Sita Ramachandra Swamy built in 17th century
Parnashala - Where Lord Rama, Sita and Laxmana spent some time during Vanavaasam
On the bank of beautiful river Godavari
Lord Rama here is called as Vaikunta Rama
Unique tradition of performing the annual celestial wedding of Rama and Sita
History associated with Bhakta Ramadasu and Goloconda Nawabs
Popular Papikondalu boating
Where is Bhadrachalam
Bhadrachalam town is located on the bank of River Godavari in Khammam District of Telangana state, India - 507111.
How to Reach
Distance From: Hyderabad - 310 km, Warangal - 180 km, Vijayawada - 180 km, Khammam - 120 km
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad, Vijayawada
Nearest Bus Station: Bhadrachalam
Nearest Railway Station: Dornakal Junction (Major stop on Hyd - Vijayawada line), Bhadrachalam Road (Near by small station)
Transport: Bhadrachalam is well connected by road. There are couple of trains from Hyderabad and one train from Vijawayada daily to Bhadrachalam road station available. Dornakal is a major station where number trains pass through daily.
Where to Stay
There are number of Devasthanam rooms and cottages available to stay. Private hotels alos offer luxury stay at Bhadrachalam town.
Festivals / Events
Kalyanotsavam: on Sri Rama navami, (march or April). The celestial wedding was performed in a unique tradition in Bhadradri temple every year. Gaiety and fervour marked the occasion. There is a huge turn out of devotees and the air was filled with mysticism. Desperate to get a glimpse of the divine couple, people squeezed into spaces. They were in deep devotion all through the proceedings of the festival.
Vaikunta Ekadasi (Mukkoti): December
All Hindu festivals.
Daily Worship & Darshan Timings
04.30am to 05.30am Suprabhata Darshanam
05.30am to 07.00am Antaralaya Abhishekam (Mulavarulu on Sundays)
07.00am to 11.30am Darshanam
07.00am to 08.00am Abhishekam (at Bhadra Temple) Daily
08.30am to 09.30am Pooja & Sahasranamarchana
08.30am to 09.30am Suvarna Tulasi Astotharanamarchana (on every Saturday)
08.30am to 09.30am Suvarna Pushpa Astothara Namarchana (on Every Sunday)
08.30am to 09.30am Sakalbhishtaprada Sree Ramapuja (daily)
09.30am to 11.00am Nitya Kalyana Ubhayam (Daily, except on festivals)
12.00pm to 01.00pm Darshanam
01.00pm to 03.00pm Break
06.00pm to 08.30pm Darshanam
06.00pm to 06.30pm Evening Prayer
06.30pm to 07.00pm Sakala Abhista Sidhiprada Srirama Pooja