You are on page 1of 12

SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM

SRI RAMA NAVAMI

She poured hundreds of pots of Godavari water on the ant-hill which tardily dissolved and gave way for the appearance of the hidden Deities. Laxmana and Sita were found by Pokala Dhammakka. Chakra at his left and Dhanurbhana ( Bow and Arrow in the rest two hands ) . The devotee turned out to be Bhakta Ramadas. the significance of this shrine dates back to the Ramayana Era. praying for the grace of the Bhagawan Sri Ramachandra murthy. Maharshi Bhadra Bhadra performed penance at the bank of river Godavari in this " Dandakaranya " to get grace of lord Rama and in countenance of his beloved God . who continued his Tapas through Yugas. she had darshan of Rama in her dream who said "the saints and sages are worshiping my embodied moorthy settled on Bhadragiri" and asked her to trace them.and Parnashaala(the place connected to the famous Golden Deer and the place from where Sita was abducted by Ravana. This coherent hill place existed in "Dandakaranya" Of Ramayana period where Rama with his consort Sita and brother Laxmana had spent their vanavasa. According to a Ithihasas. On the very next day morning she started searching for the idols-peeped into an ant-hill and found the idols hidden in it. she used to perform pooja daily and offer 'naivedyam' with fruits fallen from near palmyra tree and constructed a mandapam of thatch hut with the help of local villagers. Exigency of Incarnation The history depicts that the need emerged the incarnation of Vykuntha Rama was that to fulfill a long desire of his ardent devotee Bhadra.) is also in the vicinity of this temple site.Thus .thus this shrine was transformed into Bhadrachalam The idols of Vykuntha Rama. perform pooja and attain salvation.but Rama who was in search of his consort Sita gave promise to his Bhakta that his desire would be fulfilled on his way back . Pokala Dhammakka. Thus the sage had been in continuation of the frightened penance as Rama could not accomplish the promise in Ramavatara . the moorthies of Rama ( having four hands ) . Bhagawan Rama told Dhammakka that at a later date. On one fine night. one of his devotees would construct a Mandir at this site. resembling that of 'Gajendra Moksham ' . . Then Sri Mahavishnu manifested himself as Vykuntha Rama and rushed to his devotee Bhadra . an ardent devotee of Rama lived in the 17th century and was an inhabitant of Bhadrireddypalem. Bhagawan Mahavishnu manifested Himself as Rama again to fulfil a promise He made to His Bhakta Bhadra. was the head place of Bhadra . signaling hisarrival by blowing 'Shanku'. after finding Sita and accomplishing the process of punishing the wicked Ravana and establish 'Dharma' . it is the abode of Lord Rama (The seventh incarnation of SriMahavishnu). a mile away from this holy place.accompanied by his consort Sita and brother Laxmana .achalam ( hill ) . long after Ramavatara. Sita had condescended on the left lap of Rama and brother ( at Rama's left ) are existed . Dhammakka waited patiently for the devotee. It is at this Mandir site that.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM History of temple A sacred place that attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the world. And the hill place where the Deities were seated on .Shanku on the right .The exulted "Rishi" implored Rama to be seated on his head . Since then. This hill place which is encircled by holy river Godavari flowing towards southern direction is the famous shrine Bhadrachalam-The name derived from Bhadragiri (Mountain of Bhadra-a boon child of Meru and Menaka).

He found the deities in an amazing appearance. Ramadas constructed the temple with an amount of Rs 6 Lakhs collected from the land revenues with out the permission of the Nizam Nawab.) and was appointed by him as Tahsildar of 'Palvoncha Paragana'. Ramadasa. the administrative head in the court of Nawab Abul Hussan shah known as 'Taneshah' of Golkonda (he was the last ruler of Golconda before Aurangazeb captured it in 1687A. Kancharla Gopanna.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM Bhakta Ramadas and construction of temple Bhadrachalarama temple was constructed by Kancharla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas in the year 1674 A. He was nephew of Akkannna. After the contributions were found to be insufficient. who heard the news that the villagers of palvoncha paragana were proceeding to witness a Jatara at Bhadrachalam . . Ramadas. was born to Linganna Murthy and Kamamba in Nelakondapalli village of Khammamett Taluk in 17th century (1620 AD).D. Accordingly. then asked the villagers to contribute liberally for the construction of the temple. the villagers appealed him to spend the revenue collections for the construction of the temple with a promise to repay the amount after harvesting the crops.D. Thus he was discharging his official duties earnestly and collecting revenues due to the Nawabs in continuation of daily preaches -Chanting of 'Ramanama' and the feeding the poor at his house. popularly known as "Bhakta Ramdas". a fervent devotee of Rama. became curios and he too visited Bhadrachalam.

The Nizam Nawab Tanishah. the then ruler of Nizam's territory became a devotee of Rama who realised the devotion spirit of Ramadas after his imprisonment and took over the charge of temple administration. On the next day morning Gopanna did so and found holy Sudarshana Chakra in the river with out much difficulty. the servants of Bhakta Ramadas to get release of their devotee from the imprisonment. Golkonda Ruler Tanishah earmarked the income derived from the said Palwoncha paragana which came to Rs 20. But. Thanisha gave voucher to these divine looking persons who approached him at his house during late night. The ten day festival called Adhyayanotsavams and Dasavatara Mahotsavams(10 incarnations) of Sri Maha Vishnu are preceded to Vykuntha Ekadasi Fete.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM When the temple reached to the nearing completion. Rama in his dream asked him to have a holy dip in river Godavari where he will find that-accordingly. Influenced by the majesty of Lord Rama.Tahasildar of Palwoncha paragana. On the same night. Fairs and festivals Two major festivals are being celebrated every year which were introduced and traditionally celebrated right from the tenure of Bhakta Ramadas. when Rama and Laxmana repaid 6 lakh Mohurs exposing themselves as Ramoji and Laxmoji. his miseries started. Tanishah who woke up on the very next day morning realised that those divine looking persons were none other than Rama and Laxmana and made arrangements to get release of Gopanna and prayed to forgive him by placing all the Gold Mohurs received last night at the feet of Gopanna.000 and odd for the maintenance of the temple which was continued during Nizam's reign and offering Pearls (Mutyala Talambralu) on the occasion of kalyana mahotsavam (Sri Rama Navami) to Deities on an elephant through a specially sent messenger.along with his associate Varada Ramadasa came here from Guntur and took over the charge of Bhadrachalarama temple after Ramadas made inscripted the performance of Nitya Poojas and sevas right from early morning "Suprabhata Seva" till night "Pavalimpu Seva" before closure of the temple as "Silaasaasanaalu" on these two pillars. is celebrated in the months of either December or January in 'Dhanur Masam' on the day of either Pushya or Margasira shuddha Ekadasi. Then they kept the voucher under the pillow of Gopanna where he was jailed. Tumu Narsimha Dasa. Soon after the construction. This inscription gives details of daily dictum and daily rituals also. he had a problem of fixing 'Sudarshana Chakra' at the crest of the main temple. "Vykuntha Ekadasi" a religious festival that attracts lakhs(hundred thousand) of devotees from all over the country at this famous shrine Bhadrachalam. he refused to take back those mohurs except two as a mark of divine significance. Unable to withstand the miseries. He was deeply distressed and fell into sleep. That procedure of sending pearls to the Deities is still followed by present state Government and continues to offer during Sri Rama Navami Festival (Kalyana mahotsavam). . He was dismissed from service for mis-utilisation of revenue for constructing the temple and was kept in jail for 12 long years in Golkonda Fort and was tortured. He presumed that Sudarshana Chakra itself was shaped up with the divine power of his beloved God Rama. This resembles the communal harmony amongst the Hindus and Muslims. The Nizam Nawab realised Ramadas'devotional spirit and dedication towards Rama. (Those two can still be seen kept in Bhadrachala Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy vaari Devasthanam). Ramadas implored Rama to relieve him by singing many praising and emotional songs which got popularized from the stanzas of 'Dasaradhi Sathakam' and 'Keertanas' of Bhakta Ramadasa.

This holi festival attracts lakhs of pilgrims. the then editor of Andhra Prabha by collecting funds from public through donations .The devotees believe that they will attain salvation after having Vykuntha Dwara darshan . Neelamaraju Venkata Sheshaiah.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM On Dasami day . Vaaggeyakaara Mahotsavams Vaaggeyakara Mahotsavams are being celebrated every year to commemorate Bhakta Ramadasa. And on the auspicious Vykuntha Ekadasi day on the early hours exactly at 5 am Vykuntha dwarams at Northern Gate will be thrown open for darshan to devotees . a prayer hall was constructed in 1972 in memory of Bhakta Ramadasa by Mr. a vaaggeyakara and an ardent devotee of Sri Rama. the colourful Teppotsavam is a special attraction to the devotees . Dhyana Mandir. The deities of Rama and his consort Sita will be taken into rounds on the holi river Godavari on a well decorated "Hamsavahana" ( on the swan shaped motor launch ) amid display of crackers and stupendous illumination .

the Vaggeyakaara mahotsavams are being celebrated during Mukkoti Ekadasi by inviting renowned musicians. Since then. Sri Rama Navami(the most popular one at Bhadrachalam) is being celebrated on every 'Chaitra shuddha navami ' on the auspicious 'Punarvasu' -'Janma Nakshatra' (birth star). at the vicinity of stadium. richly engraved and exquisite sculptures depicting events from our Itihasas and Puranas.30 pm and the sacred Talambralu showered on the deities exactly at 12 noon.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM from Andhra Prabha (Telugu Daily News Paper) readers. The Kalyanamahotsavam of Sri Rama with his consort Sita is celebrated on the holy occasion which falls either in the last week of March or first week of April. Sri Rama Navami Brahmotsavams Another major festival. This Sri Rama Navami Festival occassion is being broadcasted by All India Radio and telecast through Doordarshan on the festive day from 10 AM to 12 Noon. This is the only festival which is being covered by Akashavaani and Doordarshan as a Live programme all over the state (Andhra Pradesh). This divine festival is celebrated in a resplendent manner amid chanting of hyms by priests in Kalyanamantapam. where lakhs of devotees congregate to witness the fete with great devotional spirit and pay their owes for favours received or Solicited. . of Lord Sri Rama. The kalyanamahotsavam is celebrated on the holy occasion between 10 am and 12.

12:00 AM 12:00 .1:00 PM 1:00 .00 Per Couple) Sahastra Naamarchana Rs.00 in Mahamandapam per Couple.11:30 AM 8:30 .00 per couple (Moolavarulu) EVENING PRAYER SAKALA ABHISTASIDDHI PRADA SRIRAMA POOJA (Rs.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM Rama Darshan The day begins at the temple with "Prabhadhotsavam" or awakening ceremony at 4. ASTOTHARA POOJA Rs.00 per couple PRABHUTVA SEVA BOGAM.40. Havanam.9:30 AM 8:30 . Abhishekam will be performed at 7.11:30 AM 9:30 .30 AM with specially composed songs of Tumu Narasimhadas. Accommodation is also available in private hotels and lodges.00 per head SAKALA ABHISTASIDDHI PRADA SRIRAMA PUJA (Rs.116.8:00 AM 7:00 . poems.50.40.11:30 AM 11:30 . YEKAANTA SEVA (No Darshan) TEMPLE CLOSED Accommodation In Bhadrachalam.00 AM to Lord Rama on Sundays and all the remaining days abhishekams will be performed at Badruni Sannithi on the same time.00 per head. Darshan time table: Timing information Seva description 4:30 .10.8:00 PM 8:30 .00 On Sundays Rs.00.8:30 PM 7:00 .00 per head. Sadans and Fares: Sadanam name Private Accommodation >> Type Fare YATRIKA SADANAM GROUND FLOOR 20.5:30 AM 5:30 . Tourism Hotels. Cottages and Sadanams.9:00 PM 9:00 PM SUPRABHATAM (FREE DARSHAN) Tiruvaaradhana Bala Bhoganivedana.40. PRASADA NIVEDANA SARVADARSHAN (Free Darshan) Temple Closed ORDINARY DARSHAN Rs.2.30. Antharalaya Darshan Rs.Government Guest Houses.601. MINI KALYANAM Rs. excellent accommodation facilities are available .00 per couple ORDINARY DARSHAN Rs.00 per head ASTOTHARAM Rs.116.2.9:00 AM 8:30 .00 per couple) SARVADARSHAN (Free Darshan).8:30 AM 8:30 .00 .350.7:00 AM 7:00 . Etc.3:00 PM 3:00 .00 per couple THIRUVARADHANA. Sannai Trupets Naubat etc.7:00 PM 6:30 .10.25. Special Darshan Rs.6:00 PM 6:00 .6:30 PM 6:30 . (No Darshan) Abhishekam (From Monday to Saturday at Bhadra Temple) Rs.00 per couple NITYA KALYANAM Rs. ASTOTHARA POOJA Rs.

Andhra Pradesh.00 300.Dhanalaxmi .00 400.00 50.00.E QUARTER CHANDRA MOULI SADANAM SUPERINTENDENT QUARTERS Heeral. Sree Seetha Ramachandra swamy vaari Devastanams. Bhadrachalam-500 711.00 60.00 For further details Please contact: Executive Officer.00 45.00 50.00 500.00 150.00 45.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM YATRIKA SADANAM VEMULAVADA SADANAM TTD CHOULTRY TTD KURNOOL SRINIVASA RAO SADANAM VEERAREDDY SADAN YADAGIRI SADAN NAGIREDDY SADAN YADAGIRI SADANAM KAMALA KUTIRAM & VEERANNA COTTAGE GUTTA NILAYAM A.00 125. Agarwal BRAHMAJI COTTAGE ALLURI NILAYAM SAGAR SITA NILAYAM SHARADA NILAYAM NANDI NILAYAM GOLD STAR TANISHA Marriage hall TANISHA Marriage hall A/C (EACH) A/C A/C A/C A/C A/C A/C A/C 1 HALL 2 DOWN DOUBLE EACH Single. Double DOUBLE ROOM 90.00 500.00 400. India Email: Bhadrachalarama@gmail.00 100.00 150.00 60. 60.Koneru.Dist.00 75.Sri Nilayam.00 150.00 1000.00 300. Double SINGLE ROOM DOUBLE ROOM Single. 75.00.00 300.00 45.com .00 300. Khammam.

A wing of this bird fell at Rekkapalli. Agastya had selected this spot for Rama and is about 35KMs from Bhadrachalam. Bhakta Raamadaas Popularly known as Bhakta Raamadaas. As Ravana kidnapped Sita. a devotee of Rama had obstructed Ravana while he was proceeding on the chariot after kidnapping Sita. the heavily injured bird had waited at this place in search of Rama. One can see the foot prints of Sita devi. As the village was said to be built upon the ashes of these demons. Dummugudem Here Rama is called the Atmarama. during his vanavasa in Dandakaranya. The story reveals that Rama killed 14000 demons headed by Kharadeoshana. gave shelter to Sri Sita Rama Laxmanulu while they were on the way in Dhandakaranya during Vanavaasa period and offered fruits to Rama after tasting them out of affection towards Rama. he was born Gopanna to Linganna Mantri (a surname he kept as a result of one of his forebears being a minister at the court of a king) & Kadamba (sister of Madanna. Sabari.R. a small . The deity of Yoga Rama Temple is on a hill and is named as Ramagiri. an ardant devotee. a brahmin minister to TaniShah). It is believed that the divine trios (Brahma Vishnu Maheswara) had their dips in winter season according to Brahma Purana. The picturesque display of some scenes of vanavasa could be seen at Parnashala. After the fearful battle between Ravana and Jataayuvu. where springs of hot water could be traced on the river bank when we dig a pit at any place in this area. about 55 Kms from here. Brief History: According to mythological story. Bhakta Sabari who had spent her old age by chanting Rama nama in Dhandakaranya attained salvation after having Darshan of Rama whom she loved fervently and later dissolved as a rivulet which merged into the holy river Godavari near Kunavaram. constructed a hermitage and spent his exile with his concert Sita and brother Laxmana. Gundala It is a place 5 Kms away from the sacred town Bhadrachalam. Puram Mandal. Also found in the vicinity are Sita Vaagu-where she had bathed and collected the turmeric and Kunkum from near by stones and the marks of her saree on the rock near Sita Vaagu. in V.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM Parnashala This is supposed to be the exact spot where Rama. the deity at Parnashala is called Sokarama. about 55 Kms from here. These are all the visiting places for the piligrims. Jattayu Paaka (Yetapaka) This Place is situated from 2Kms away from Bhadrachalam. the place is named after as Dummugudem. The tracks of the chariot of Ravana while kidnapping sita can be seen on the mountain on the other side of the river bank at Parnashala temple. Sree Rama Giri This place is situated on the bank in the down stream of river Godavari. the bird Jatayuvu. According to Itihasas. Mosaic of Maarecha in the guise of golden deer and Ravana in the guise of Sanyasi for Bhikshatana. in 1620 in Nelakondapalli.

Hanumakonda. favored by traveling minstrels. who popularized his songs. a Choornika. vowing to return the money. Raamadaas thus earned the name Bandikhana Raamadaas(meaning imprisoned Ramadas). but was not enough. Ramadas (Gopanna). During the reign of Abdul Hasan Tana Shah. he says "Dhirudau Ramadasuni Bandhamu dirchinadi Vinnanura Rama?" (O Rama! I have heard how You obtained the release of the bold Ramadas from his prison life).00 . Since childhood. Via with (Khammam. His devotion to Vaikunta Rama at the temple of Bhadrachalam. a small village in the middle of the jungle on the northern banks of the holy river Godavari. His guru was Raghunatha Bhattacharya. in brindaavanalOla in tODi. who shines in this world as the supreme devotee of Sri Raamachandra. Hyderabad. including the Tondaiman rulers of PudukoTTai in Tamil Nadu. thanks to his uncle Madanna. Hanuman. earned him his name Bhadraacala Raamadaas. Among his other accomplishments is the creation of the whole Ramayana story in the form of a prose-poem. Travel-RTC timings Bhadrachalam is reachable from all major cities in Andhra Pradesh. who shines forth from his seat at Bhadraachalam in this kali Yuga). Vijayawada. Kancherla Kulothbhavudu. The golden coins paid by Rama are known as Ram Tanka coins . Atreya Gothrudu.They can be seen even today. He collected money for the construction from the citizens. the nawab was furious and sentenced Ramadas to 12 years in prison. Transport information: Departure from Timings Distance in KMS Fare in Rupees (INR) Tirupathi 14. Ramadas was always distracted and his intense love for Lord Rama compelled him to build a temple at Bhadrachalam.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM village in Khammam district. It is said that Rama & Lakshmana in the guise of two youngsters paid up his dues and got his release papers. Ramadas composed some of the finest keertanas in his prison cell (reminding Rama of his services in Ikshvaku Kula Tilaka). Rajahmundry) regular buses plying in that route. in Emi dova balkuma in saaranga and in Prahlaada Bhakti Vijayam he says "kaliyugamuna vara bhadra calamuna nelakonna raamacandruni pada bhaktula kella varudanandagi velasina shree raamadaasu vinutintu madin" (I praise Sri Raamadaas. These coins have the Pattabhishekam scene on one side and the picture of another Rama Bhaktha.45 606 242. Gopakavindrudu. However. Andhra Pradesh. So he borrowed from the tax revenue of the nawab and gave his god a worthy abode. in kaligiyundE gada in keeravaaNi. (the nawab of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty at Golconda). was appointed as a Tahsildar for Palvancha Paragana which included Bhadrachalam. Other compositions are positive invocations. Ramadas described himself in this way in the last verse of his Dasarathi Satakam: "Allana Linga Mantri Suthudu(son). Frustrated at god's indifference to his pleadings." Bhadraachala Raamadaas lived for 68 years. he imbibed his family's interest in spirituality and composed several keertanas on Rama. The nawab was moved and recognized the greatness of Ramadas and released him immediately and gave him land around Bhadraachalam to continue his dedicated service to Bhadraachala Raamamoorty. a pretty and picturesquely situated temple town on the Godavari river. Adi Sakha. and other states. Ramadas spent the rest of his life on these lands and composed further moving poems that were to inspire Tyaagaraaja: in ksheera saagara sayana in Devagaandhaari. on the other side.

07.00 07.45.00 for Luxury 075.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM Basara Vemulavada Srisailam Hanumakonda 08. Last bus-22.00 124. 22. 17. 22.00 088.30.00 for Hitech 126.00 086.00 Hyderabad 316 Vijayawada Rajahmundry 184 239. 20.00. 08.00 096.30 04. 10. 08. 067.30.00 131.30 Seleru) Vijayanagaram Amalapuram Rajolu Eluru 08. The nearest railway station is Bhadrachalam Road (station code: BDCR).15 04. 21. Last bus-22. 190 (via Kukkunoor) 370 422 309 327 190 Vishakapatnam (Via 05.45. Bhadrachalam Road Railway Station is more commonly referred to as Kothagudem Railway Station.30.30 06.30.00 onwards every 1 hr.00 (via Kukkunoor) 148.00.00 07.30 20. 06.30.00 472 324 472 220 189. {21.30. .30 04.00 Reaching Bhadrachalam From Hyderabad Visakhapatnam Chennai Bangalore Pune Mumbai Vijayawada Warangal Simhachalam Srisailam Distance 312 km 390 km 647 km 848 km 871 km 1022 km 201 km 211 km 383 km 456 km Bhadrachalam is connected by road and rail network.30. 15.00.30 03.00.30.00 189.00 165.00 onwards every 1 hr.00 from NZB} 04. 40 km from the town.45.15. It takes approximately 50 minutes to travel from Kothagudem Railway Station to Bhadrachalam by bus and the fare is about Rs 20. 05.00.00 169.30. 18. 09.00 130. 05.00 for Express 139.00. 14. 09. Locally.

Khammam325 km from the state head quarters. . 18-20. From there you need to travel by Bus to Bhadrachalam. you have Machilipatnam/Manuguru express(Train Secunderabad Station every day at 10:45 PM. You can reach the Kothagudem by 04:45AM. Bus fair is around Rs. There are lot of Buses from there. It starts there at 10:15 PM.SRI RAMA DARSHANAM 6 BHADRACHALAM Bhadrachalam is: 120 km from district head quarters. While return you need to travel in Train No:0340(Link Secunderabad Express) from Kothagudem.) . where the nearest airport is Shamshabad. Buses ply from Vijayawada and other major towns in Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad. If you want to go to Bhadrachalam from Hyderabad No:7050) at by train. You need to take the ticket upto Kothagudem. Kothagudem Thermal Power Station-KTPS Located in Palvancha Town. You can reach Bhadrachalam in 50 minutes.Bhadrachalam. By road from Hyderabad follow this route: Hyderabad – Suryapet – Khammam – Kothagudem– Palvancha(This Is Beautiful Town In Khammam District.