Bhadrachalam Sree Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple :
Lord Sree Rama Temple is a Hindu temple located in Bhadrachalam of Telangana state in India. The wedding anniversary of Lord Rama and his wife Sita is celebrated opulently on Sree Rama Navami day in Bhadrachalam every year. Bhadrachalam temple darshan is done by millions of people every year. The temple is on the banks of river Godavari that is flowing in a southern way. It was built in 17th century by the Sree Rama Devotee Kancharla Gopanna.
History of Bhadrachalam Temple:
In 17th century CE, a tribal woman named Pokala Dhammakka residing in Bhadhrareddypalem discovered a deity of Lord Rama in an anthill. She resolved the anthill with Godavari water. Dhammakka constructed a hall (mandapam) with the help of villagers and offered prayers to the deities. During the rule of Abul Hasan Qutb Shah, Kancherla Gopanna assisted as the tehsildar of Bhadrachalam. ‘Ramadas’ was the title given to Gopanna by the Kabirdas, a Muslim saint who was moved by his charity. Obeying the orders of Shah, Gopanna implemented the Jaziya tax, a penalty to force Hindus to adopt Islam. Noticing the decayed state of the temple, by collecting donations Gopanna decided to build a temple for the deity. In the first attempt, he was harshly criticised from the local Hindus for implementing the tax. Depressed by repels, Gopanna decided to use some of the tax collected to build the temple and confront the issues. Finally, the temple was built completely with nearly 6 lakh varahas.
After knowing the truth, Shah became furious about that and Gopanna was called up to the court. Gopanna explained that he did not have the intention to misuse the treasury, he told that he has sent a message about using the tax for temple construction and he didn’t receive any response, so he proceeded to build the temple. And thought of reimbursing the tax that he would receive in future. On hearing that, Shah ordered his soldiers to imprison Gopanna and hang him if he failed to repay the amount within twelve years. On the last day of the twelfth year, Lord Rama and Lakshmana were happened to appear in Shah’s dream and repaid the entire amount in Ramadas. Ramadas are the gold coins with the Rama’s lettering on them. When the Shah woke up he saw the real gold coins in his palace and released Gopanna. He offered a lifetime pension for Gopanna and donated the area around Bhadhrachalam as a gift to the temple. Some of the scholars ignore the idea of Rama repaying the sum, say that the Shah had made an impartial and fair inquiry, found Gopanna as innocent and acquitted him with due honour.
After many years, two friends Tumu Lakshmi Narasimha Dasu of Guntur and Varada Ramadasu of Kanchipuram offered their prayers daily at Bhadrachalam and had spent their lives over there. After Varada Ramadasu’s death, Narasimha Dasu took his corpse into the Godavari and died by drowning in the river.
Until the end of Vishalandhra movement, the temple was apart of Godavari district. Later in 1956, the town was incorporated into Khammam district.
During the Telangana Movement, the states Telangana and Andhra claimed that Bhadrachalam belongs to their respective areas. Finally, the Bhadrachalam temple became a part of Bhadradri Kothagudem district of newly formed Telangana State.
The celebrations of Vaikuntha Ekadashi are based on Srirangam traditions. As per the importance of Bhadradri in Brahma Purana, devotees seek Vaikuntha Rama’s blessings on the annual festival day.
It is celebrated to commemorate the beginning of preparations for Brahmotsavam festival. Vasanthotsavam coincides with Holi festival and regards the preparation of mutyala talambralu. Mutyala talambralu is a handmade mixture of natural pearls, rice grains and turmeric powder. The deity of Rama is decorated using aromatic ingredients and nine blocks of Turmeric.
It is a twelve-day long festival celebrated during March and April. The marriage of Lord Rama and Sita is held on this day.
Ten days Dussehra festival is one of the important festivals celebrated in Bhadrachalam. During these ten days, Ramayana is read in the ritual of yagna that ends on the tenth day and is referred to as Vijayadashami.
Bhadrachalam Temple Darshan Tickets online Booking :
Pilgrims can book the darshan tickets online; here is the simple procedure to book the Bhadrachalam Temple Darshan tickets booking
- Go to the website http://bhadrachalamonline.com/
- You can book the tickets directly by clicking on the link “Book Now”
- You must upload a photo ID proof for booking the tickets.
- Also, upload the photos of the accompanying pilgrims.
- The prescribed format of the photo is, it must be in .png or .jpg format and must be less than 150 kb.
- Only limited tickets will be available for booking
- A confirmation slip will be issued to each of the pilgrims and the pilgrim must produce a confirmation printout at the verification counter
- The printout is not the original ticket; the original ticket will be given C.R.O office by producing the confirmation printout and photo ID.
- The cancellation, postponement and advancement of the booking is not allowed
- The Pilgrims whose photos are on the receipt page only will allow having Dashan
- Any refund will not provide in case of Darshan you don’t avail on a specified date
In Bhadrachalam, splendid accommodation facilities are provided by the Government guest houses, cottages, tourism hotels and Sadanams. Accommodation is also available in private lodges and hotels.