Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy
Bhadrachalam, popularly known as ‘Dakshina Ayodhya', and ‘Bhadradri'. This temple is the abode of Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy and is located on the banks of Godavari River, Bhadrachalam, Khammam District, Telangana.
Bhadrachalam was also associated with Maharishi Bhadra, who had performed penance at the bank of the river Godavari. Lord Rama appeared and gave mercy to Bhadra and named the place Bhadrachalam. The place was associated with Maharishi Bhadra, who had performed penance at the bank of the river Godavari and Lord Rama appeared and gave mercy to Bhadra. That is why the village is named Bhadrachalam (Hill of Bhadra). Significance is that, according to legends Lord Rama during his 'Aranyavasam' lived here before Ravana carried away Sita. The Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy temple marks the spot where Rama crossed the river.
The Temple was constructed by Kancharla Gopanna (also known as Bhakta Ramadas) a Local Tahsildar and fervent devotee of Lord Sri Rama in the 17th century under 'Abulhasan Qutub Shah' the last ruler of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty.
Kancherla Gopanna is said to have appropriated funds from the treasury for the purpose, and was subsequently imprisoned. It is said that Lord Rama appeared before the Sultan and paid the money spent by Kancherla Gopanna. After this incident, Gopanna adopted the little of Ramadasu. He had sung songs in praise of Lord Rama. Kabirdas, the famous Muslim saint and poet, was also closely associated with this temple. Despite the beauty of its natural setting, the temple is of little interest architecturally having been substantially rebuilt in recent years. One have to climb 50 steep steps to reach the temple and it is entered through an impressive gopura. On the top of the Gopura one can see Sudarshan Chakra, the weapon of Lord Rama.
The most important festival is Sri RamaNavami. On this auspicious day Sri Seeta Rama Kalyanamahotsavam is celebrated in a grandeur manner.
Temple is maintaining the Choultrys for the pilgrims accommodation. Hotel Haritha maintained by Telangana Tourism, Srinidhi Residency, Sri Sudharsana Residency are the nearest hotels to this temple.
The Ushnagundam (Hot Pool) or Gundala is located at a short distance from the Temple. Parnasala, 35 km north of Bhadrachalam, is believed to mark the hermitage where the demon Ravana abducted Sita. Tourists can engage in activities such as boating, trekking and a trip to the beautiful place PAPI KONDALU.
Bhadrachalam is reachable from all major cities in Andhra, Telangana and other states.
At a distance of 1.5Kms Bhadrachalam Busstand, 40.8 km from Kothagudem Bus stand. Bhadrachalam Railways station (or Kothagudem Railway station) is 40Kms. Gannavaram Airport is the nearest airport to reach here by flight in a distance of 180Kms.
Other cities connected to this temple are 117 km from Khammam, 178 km from Rajahmundry, 180 km from Vijayawada, 352 km from Vizag and 312 km from Hyderabad.
- Darshanm: 4.30AM to 1.00PM and 3.00 PM to 9.00 PM [Closed for darshan from 5.30-7:00 am, 11.30 am-12.00noon and 6-6.30 pm]
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08743-232465, Accommodation 08743-232467