in Andhra Pradesh, is the sacred pilgrim centre housing one of the most famous and
splendorous temples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama.
is the most sacred pilgrim centre, helping mankind attain
meritorious worlds and
ultimately salvation, the goal of human life. Bhadrachalam is situated on the banks of the
sacred and perennial river Godavari, about 70 km from Khammam. It is dedicated to Lord
Sri Rama who was dharma personified. Who set lofty ideals
for mankind through his impeccable character and who was a matchless warrior foremost in
protecting dharma and peace in the world. This is a place
surcharged with the currents of bhakti of innumerable devotees of
say that Meru, the golden lofty mountain, though endowed with
all kinds of wealth and riches was depressed, as he was issueless. He decided to perform
severe penance to attain his desire. He retired to the forest along with his wife and
practiced austerity to please Lord Brahma. His prayers were answered in
due time and the couple was blessed with a son. He was named Bhadra.
Bhadra was handed over to Brahmarshi
Vasishta, to master the scriptures and acquire knowledge. Bhadra who was very
disciplined and blessed with a sharp wit and tremendous assimilation power mastered all
the sciences in a very short duration.
One fine day the crown
jewel among devotees, the celestial sage Narada paid a visit to Meru and was introduced to
Bhadra. Narada observed that Bhadra was no ordinary being and had a great mission to
fulfil. He then described the sublime glory of Lord Sri Rama to Bhadra.
Narada informed that in his
previous life Bhadra was a stone in the Dandaka forest near Panchavati where Lord
Srihari in the incarnation of Sri Rama took up abode to fulfil the words of his
father. Sri Rama frequently rested on the stone. Upon Steeta devis
enquiry, Sri Rama said that as the stone had served him as a devotee, it would become his
abode in its next birth. In Kaliyuga, Bhadra was reborn as a
mountain in the Papikonda mountain range. The mountain and the surrounding township came
to be known as Bhadrachalam.
Seshateertha, River Sabari,
a pond near panchavati and the Lake padma mentioned in Ramayanam are in the vicinity of
Bhadrachalam, which give succor to millions of devotees to-date.
In the past a great devotee
of Lord Rama, Tammala Dammakka resided in Bhadrachalam.
Once Lord Rama appeared in her dream and instructed her to raise a temple
there. He assured her assistance from another devotee in good time. Dammakka along with
the villagers searched the mountain summit and found the idols of Lord Sri Rama,
Seeta Devi and Lakshmana in the bushes therein. She
installed the idols with due respect. Soon the place began attracting large number of
In a hamlet called Nelakondapalli
lived a pious couple Kancharla Linganna and Kamamma. They were blessed with a child who
was named Gopanna. Such was the devotion of Gopanna for Lord
Rama that he soon became famous as Ramadasa. In time Ramadasa
was married and blessed with a son. Once the area experienced severe drought.
Ramadasa distributed all
his wealth and belongings among the sufferers. The drought abated but Ramadas
and his family was reduced to penury and put to severe hardship. Akkanna and Maadanna,
ministers at the court of Taneesha, the nawab of Golkonda, were the maternal uncles
of Ramadasa and were distressed at the plight of their nephew. They waited for a suitable
opportunity to help him out.
With their recommendation Ramadasa
was appointed the revenue official at Bhadrachalam. In order to raise a temple for Lord
Rama and make ornaments for the idols at Bhadrachalam, Ramadasa
used up the royal money. He was therefore imprisoned but his devotion ultimately forced
the Lord himself to return the money to the nawab, who recognised the greatness of
Ramadasa and liberated him immediately and sought his forgiveness. The story of Damakka
and Ramadasa infact proves the glory and compassion of Lord Sri Rama.
Every year in the month of
Chaitra, Seeta Rama kalyana and Brahmotsava are observed with great devotion.
Badrachalam can be reached by train, road or even ferry. Devotees
travelling by train should disembark at Bhadrachalam road (Kothagudem)
and then proceed to Bhadrachalam. Andhra Pradesh Road Transport
Corporation runs many buses from all the major bus depots to Bhadrachalam.
The temple committee has
established many choultries etc to cater to the needs of the countless devotees who throng
the temple everyday.
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