At a distance of 35 km from Bhadrachalam, Parnasala is a pilgrimage place situated at Parnasala village in the newly formed Bhadradri Kothagudem district (formerly in Khammam district) of Telangana, India. It is one of the several Hindu temples connected with Epic Ramayana, and among the must-include places in Bhadrachalam tour packages.
Parnasala holds a significant value in mythology. According to legend, Lord Sri Rama spent some of the 14 years of exile at this location. Parnasala is said to be the place where the evil-minded demon king Ravan abducted Goddess Sita. Another story states that this historical village is the place where Maricha was killed by Lord Shri Ram when he came in disguise as a golden deer to deceive Goddess Sita.
A small hut in Parnasala consists of the beautifully painted sculptures of Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshman. Here, one can see Seethavagu, where the beloved consort of Rama bathed, and Naracheeralu, where goddess Sitha dried her clothes on 'Radhagutta'. The place is also known as Shoka Rama as it depicts the sorrowful mood of the Rama in his life. There are also footprints around the town depicting the traces of Lord Rama's stay. Also, there are footprints of the golden deer and wheels of Ravana's Chariot in which he kidnapped Sita.
There are frequent buses available to Parnasala from Bhadrachalam once every 2 hours.
Timings: 5 AM to 1 PM & 3 PM to 8:30 PM
Entry: Free, Rs. 100 for Car Parking