Ammapalli Sri Rama Chandra Swamy
Lord Sri Ram
Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple of Ammapally, near Shamshabad Village and close to Hyderabad International Airport is a very ancient Temple. One of the two Archakas, Sri Sathyanarayanamurthy Sharma informed us that the Temple was built sometime in the 13th century by the local rulers called Venghi Rajulu. That makes the Temple over 700 years old.
The temple is adorned with a large seven-story tower which is quite famous among Telugu movie fans. There is a large image of Lord Vishnu is sleeping posture above the gateway of the tower. The tower is followed by the main temple with a large corridor around the temple. There is a large temple pond which is very ancient. The pond is surrounded by porticos and once it provided shelter to the pilgrims. The surroundings of the pond are filled with coconut trees. There is a mandapa opposite to the temple.
The temple is unique in more ways, it is a Ram temple but there is no Hanuman inside the sanctum sanctorum, instead there is a Hanuman at the base of the dhwaja stambh (flag post) looking towards the temple. It is believed that Hanuman is looking towards Lord Rama to wait for instructions from him to fulfil the desires of the devotees. There is another Hanuman idol that looks directly outside at the bottom of the second flag post. This was a unique thing for me was the presence of two dhawaja Stambhs in the temple courtyard one seems to be old and other recently added (recent here could mean 100+ years). The 3 idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshaman are made from a single stone and not made from separate rocks. All the three Makara Thoranams also have Dashavataras sculpted on them. Sri Rama’s idol is four feet tall and that of Sri Sita Devi and Sri Laxmana a few inches less.
The devotees tie some offerings in a small bundle on the tree in courtyard with prayers, only to be opened once the desire has been fulfilled. We saw small bundles of various shapes and also bangles tied on the tree in the courtyard.
This temple is famous for film shootings. It is also called the Kodanda Rama Swamy temple and also as “Cinema Gudi” as more than 400 Telgu movies have been shot in the complex due to the belief that if a scene is shot in the temple the movie will be super hit.
Best hotels and lodges are available at Shamshabad. Cabs, Buses and Autos are available from Shamshabad.
Sri Rama Navami is celebrated with great passion at this temple every year (April).
This temple is located on Nagarguda-Shamshabad road. Temple Kamaan’ (Entrance Arch) appears on main road. Rallaguda is 3 kms and Shamshabad Bus Stop is just 5 kms from the temple. Because of the Airport, Shamshabad is well connected to all parts of the Hyderabad City.
The nearest railway station is Umdanagar Railway station (Shamshabad) is 5.9 kms. Nampally Railway Station is 29 kms from the temple.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport which is 13.4 kms.
- Morning: 6.00am to 1.00pm Evening: 4.00pm to 7.00pm
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