Bhadrachalam is located at a distance of 200 km from Vijayawada.
Dornakkal, on the Vijayawada - Warangal railroad is the nearest railway junction, and
Bhadrachalam road is the nearest railhead.
Legends: This temple is intimately connected with the life of the
saint composer Bhadrachala Ramadasa who was known as Gopanna. Gopanna the
Tasildar of Bhadrachalam (second half of the 17th century) is said to have utilized money
from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at
Rama is said to have miraculously given the Sultan the money spent by Gopanna, after
which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa, and went on to compose
several songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.
Bhadrachalam and Vijayanagara are sites said to have
been closely associated with the Ramayana. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are
said to have stayed at Parnasala, 35 km away from Bhadrachalam. Rama is said to have
crossed the river Godavari on his way to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita, at the spot where the
Bhadrachalam temple stands, on the northern bank of the river.
Legend has it that the son of Meru - Bhadra performed penances towards
Rama here. Kabirdas, a muslim by birth is also closely associated with this temple. It is
believed that the images of the deities miraculously disappeared when Kabir was refused
entry into the temple and that they reappeared miraculously upon his being permitted to
Festivals: Ramanavami is celebrated in the month of Pisces. Kartika
Poornima is also considered to be sacred here.
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