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Bhadrachalam is a pilgrimage town in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, situated on the banks of the river Godavari. At a distance of 120 Kms from Khammam and 320 Kms from Hyderabad, Bhadrachalam is renowned for the famous Sri Rama Temple built in 17th century.According to legends, a saint called Bhadra did penance here to seek Rama's blessings. Sri Rama appeared before him and named him Bhadrachalam or Bhadradri, after whom the place was named. The temple for Lord Rama was built by a devotee called Kancherla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu in the 17th century. Gopanna was the Tasildar of Bhadrachalam and constructed the temple using public donations. But the Golconda Sultans were misled and felt that Gopanna had misused the government funds to build the temple. He was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda Fort. Lord Rama is said to have miraculously appeared before the Sultan and paid the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa and went on composing several songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.This holy town with beautiful landscapes provided by River Godavari attracts several devotees throughout the year from all parts of AP and surrounding states. This holy river houses most of the sacred shrines of the town in and around its banks.Sri Rama Navami and Kartika Poornima are the major festivals celebrated here.
At a distance of 2 Kms from Bhadrachalam Bus Station, Sri Sita Rama Temple is a magnificent temple situated to close to the banks of River Godavari. Bhadrachalam is a major pilgrim town in AP and Southern India. This temple was built by Kancherla Gopanna (also known as Bhakta Ramadasu) in the year of 1630 AD. Gopanna was Tahsildar of this area and built the temple with public donations. But he was imprisoned for 12 years by the king Tani Shah of Golconda treating that he misused treasury funds. Moved by the plight of his devotee Sri Ram and his brother Laxmana repaid the money to the king and got Ramadas released. There is a small museum within the temple complex with jewellery Ramadas and others offered for the deities. There are smaller shrines of other gods in the temple complex. Timings: 4:30 AM to 1PM & 3 PM to 9 PM
At a distance of 2 Kms from Bhadrachalam Bus Station, Sri Abhaya Anjaneya temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is situated in Seethammadhara.This temple was constructed in the year 1998 by a devotee of Lord Hanuman who manages the temple. The temple has excellent carvings of several deities in its premises. The beautiful sculptures of gods and goddesses carved along the border of the temple complex are very attractive. This temple attracts thousands of devotees on Tuesdays. Timings: 5:30 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM.
At a distance of 35 Kms from Bhadrachalam, Parnasala is a popular tourist spot with historical reference to Ramayana. This is said to be the place where Ravan abducted Sita. A small hut with gaudily painted sculptures of Sri Ram, Sita, Laxman and Ravan depicting key events from Ramayan is what Parnasala is about. This is an extraordinarily unkempt and dilapidated place. Monkeys, beggars and insistent vendors hogging tourists, weathered sculptures, a botched attempt to replicate the sculptures with fiber glass, lack of maintenance make it a sad and frustrating experience. However, passing through tiny tribal hamlets and expansive fields of paddy by a spooky tree lined road plus the serene Godavari River are the saving grace. There are frequent buses available to Parnasala from Bhadrachalam once in every 2 hours.Timings: 5 AM to 1 PM & 3 PM to 8:30 PM