Tourism in BhadrachalamThere are a plethora of options for sightseeing in Bhadrachalam. It is famous as the 'Temple Town' in Telangana! This is due to presence of two very renowned temples, namely, Sree Sita Ramachandra Swami temple and Bhadrachala Rama temple.
Religious festivals celebrated at Bhadrachalam include Kalyanotsavam which is the wedding of Lord Rama and Sita in the month of March April. Large crowd of devotees comes here for worshiping during this festival on Sri Rama Navmi. Another festival is Vaikunta Ekadasi or Mukkoti Ekadasi when Sri Seeta Ramachandra Swamy gives darshan through the Vaikuntha dwar during Mukkoti in the months of December-January.
Other major attractions in Bhadrachalam are Jattayu Pakka, Parnasala, Dummugudem and Gundala. Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is just 84 kms. away from Bhadrachalam.
Tourist Places in Bhadrachalam
SabariThe place where Sabari river joins river Godavari has mythological significance. According to a legend, a woman named Dhammakka dreamt about an idol of Rama in the hillock at Bhadrachalam. During exile, Lord Rama met this woman and ate fruit offerings that she offered him with devotion and granted her salvation.
Abhaya Anjaneya Temple
This is an ancient temple in Bhadrachalam and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The walls of this temple are intricately crafted with unique sculptures of Gods. Architecture is such that you will feel as if the temple is constructed from wood but actually it is built out of cement.
Bhadrachala Rama TempleThis is a temple of Lord Rama and his consort Sita and is visited by devotees throughout the year. It is about 35 kms. from Bhadrachalam. There are idols of many other Gods too including Lord Narsimha and Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Sita is an incarnation of Goddess Laxmi.
Devotees throng the temple during Ram Navmi and Dussehra festivals. The festivities last for ten days and ends with burning of Ravana's effigy during Dussehra.
This is the place where Lord Rama built his hermitage when he was in exile. The spot for building the hut was selected by sage Agastya. He lived here with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana. Parnasala is about 35 kms. from Bhadrachalam. There is a temple here dedicated to Lord Rama and river Godavari flows by giving the place natural beauty.
Sita was taken away by Ravana at this place. Hoof marks are believed to be of the golden deer while the wheel marks are of Ravana's chariot. The incident was a sad one and thus this place is also referred to as Soka Rama. Parnasala village comes under Dummugudem Mandal in Khammam district of Telangana state.
Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple
The Sri Sitaramachandra swamy temple displays various avataars of Lord Vishnu. There is another beautiful idol of Lord Rama and Sita depicting Sita sitting on Lord Rama's lap. Prayers are held in the temple premises everyday. Devotees throng to this temple in large numbers during festivals in the months of March and April. Lord Rama is believed to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is located 35 kms. from Parnasala village. This temple is built on the banks and at the same place where Lord Rama crossed river Godavari to rescue Sita from Lanka.
There is yet another legend associated with this temple. Kabir who was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and a Muslim by birth, was refused permission to this temple. This resulted in disappearance of all the idols from the temple! However, when Kabir entered the temple, the idols could be seen again! The serenity of this place and legends about Lord Rama make this place an interesting spot for visiting.
Just 5 kms. from Bhadrachalam, Gundala is a place where there are hot water springs on the river bank which spring up on digging! According to a legend, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh took dips in this water during winter season. Just on the opposite bank is Raigudem village on the hill where there is a temple of Lord Shiva. This is the place where replicas of jyotirlingas are kept.
Jattayu Pakka or YetapakaJust 2 kms. from Bhadrachalam, this is the place where the bird Jatayuvu, a devotee of Rama, stopped Ravana when he was kidnapping Sita to Lanka in his Pushpakviman. However, the battle between Jatayuvu and Ravana resulted in the bird getting fatally injured. One of its wings fell about 55 kms. from here in Rekkapalli village.
Jattayu Pakka is also known as Yetapaka. According to Hindu mythology, Jattayu is believed to be the king of eagles.
DummugudemDummu means 'ash' and in Telugu. Rama killed 14,000 demons including Khara and Dushana. This village is believed to have been built on the ashes of these demons. Dummugudem is 25 kms. from Bhadrachalam and the village is in the shape of bitter gourd or 'karela'! This place is connected with other nearby cities by means of a hundred years old bridge constructed by Sir Arthur Cotton, an English architect.
Other Religious Places near Bhadrachalam
- Sree Rama Giri: Situated 55 kms. from Bhadrachalam, on the banks of Godavari river is Sree Ramagiri - a place where river Shabri meets river Godavari.
- Venkatareddipeta: Venkatareddipeta is just 12 kms. from Bhadrachalam where Lord Venkateswara Swami Kalyan is celebrated every year.
- Gannavaram: This place is situated 25 km away from Bhadrachalam where Botlamma is worshipped by devotees.
- Sri Govinda Raja Swamy Temple in Tatagudi: An ancient temple in Bhadrachalam, this temple is dedicated to Sri Govinda Raja Swamy. It is situated in the centre of the town referred to as Tatagudi Centre.
- Other prominent religious places in Bhadrachalam are Sri Krishna Temple, St. Anns Church, Sai Baba temple, Mutyalamma temple, Kanakadurga temple, Hanuman temple, Ganesh temple, CSI church, Ayyappa Swami temple and Anjaneya Swami temple.
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