Bhadrachalam Temple – Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy , a holy shrine at Bhadrachalam is considered to be one of the most notable temples in the nation sanctified to Lord Rama. The temple is located on the left bank of the Godavari River.
The place is a pilgrimage spot for the Hindus and is considered to be one of the glorious holy reliquaries in South India with a very vibrant and individual historical background.
The Pagoda was constructed during the 17th century by Kancharla Gopanna, who was a local Tahsildar. He was popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas, a zealous adherent of Lord Sree Rama.
The roots of the historic events relate that Lord Rama long after he had cast his mortal coils which were manifested by himself to protect his believer Bhadra Maharishi.
He had promised Bhadra Maharishi ‘moksha’ after concentrated prayer. That is why the village is named Bhadradri or Bhadrachalam after Bhadra. Sri Rama once appeared in the dream of a woman called Pokala Dammakka and confirmed her about the presence of Vigrahas on Bhadragiri hills.
To her astonishment, she found the “Vigrahas” and constructed the modest structure. This is the origin of the temple in the present time.
Festivals And Fair
There are two vital festivals that have been celebrated year after year in the temple. It was founded and culturally celebrated exactly from the time of Bhakta Ramadas.
“Vykuntha Ekadasi” is one of the religious festivals that attracts uncountable followers from all across the nation in this renowned shrine Bhadrachalam Temple. The festival is enjoyed either in the month of January or December during ‘Dhanur Masam’; the festival is carried out either on the day of Margasira shuddha Ekadasi or Pushya.
After this comes the ten days of festival known as Adhyayanotsavams and Dasavatara Mahotsavams (10 incarnations) dedicated to Sri Maha Vishnu. This festival is scouted to Vykuntha Ekadasi Fete.
On the final day that is on Dasami the eccentric Teppotsavam is a unique temptation for the followers or the pilgrims. The different forms of Rama and his wife Sita is taken in form of rounds on the sacred river of Godavari, on a beautifully attired “Hamsavahana”.
All this is done in amidst the array of explosives and breathtaking illumination. On the propitious Vykuntha Ekadasi day, in the initial hours of the morning at around 5am, Vykuntha descriptions in front of the Northern Gate are delivered for the darshan of the followers.
The pilgrims have a firm faith on the fact that they will attain salvation after seeing Vykuntha Dwara darshan. This festival works like a magnet and attracts a gamut of devotees.
In Bhadrachalam Temple, outstanding accommodation facilities have been made for the guests and the pilgrims. The association has set up Tourism Hotels, Government Guest Houses, Sadanams and Cottages for the pilgrims.
Accommodation facilities are also available in lodges and private hotels for a comfortable stay. You will be able to get first hand details about the accommodation facilities along with the price chart if you visit their website. They have all the details that are needed for you to know if you are planning a trip down to South.
Places To Be Visited
One of the best things about the temple is that, there are number of places that can be visited apart from going through a complete temple tour. Such places include:
Parnashala: This place is considered to be the very place where Rama had spent his years of exile with his wife Sita and his brother Laxman.
Jattayu Paaka: Well, history reveals that this is the place where a strong devotee Lord Rama named Jattayu had tried to restrict the demon Ravana from kidnapping Sita by fighting with him.
Dummugudem: The name is the place is given so as this is the place where Rama has apparently killed 14000 demons and the village was thereafter built on the ashes of the demons.
Gundala: This is the place where hot spring water is found. History reveals that the renowned trio of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara came to this place to take a hot water bath during the chilling days of winter.
Sree Rama Giri: The placed is situated on the bank of Godavari River, in the down steam area. Here, the temple of Yoga Rama is situated on the hills; hence the name has been given.
Reference Website: Badrachalam.org
Also Read :
Bodh Gaya History And It’s Importance In Buddhism
Konark Sun Temple
Udupi Krishna Temple
Basara Temple – The Abode of Devi Saraswati
Mahanandi Temple – The Abode of Shiva’s Gate Guardian
Jogulamba Temple of Alampur
Ahobilam Temple, Nava Narasimha Avataras
Yaganti Temple Facts and Myths