Temples are one of the greatest attractions in India which makes it unique from other countries of the world. Temple construction is not new to our society and we could see many temples which were constructed by the early kings of our country. So we can say that temples have a close relation with the culture of our country as it depicts the way of life of the early people. Many stunning temples can be viewed in different parts of our country. Both the southern and the northern India have a large number of temples which were built by following different style of architecture. It is known that there are three varieties of Temple architecture which include Dravidian style, Vasera style and Nagara style. As the name suggests the Dravidian style of temple construction can be seen in South India, most of the famous temples in south India were constructed by following this style. Bhadrachala temple is a famous temple of south India, the features of this temple is described in the following paragraphs.
The Bhadrachalam temple is located in the district of Khamam in Telangana which is a newly formed state by the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The main god or deity of this temple is Lord Rama who is the protagonist of the epic Ramayana. The area where the temple is located celebrates the wedding day of Lord Ram and Sita on the Rama Navami day. Histories tell us that the Bhadrachalam temple was built during the year 1674 AD.
The financial assistance for the construction of such a beautiful temple was performed by a Saint composer, by using the money from the treassury, who was known by the name Kancharla Gopanna. He was imprisoned for using the money from the treasury for the construction of the Bhadrachalam temple. Kancharla Gopanna who was the tehsildar of Bhadrachalam was released after the money spent on temple was repaid by Lord Rama, isn’t it quite interesting. When it comes to religion people believe in fictional stories. Thus it is believed that this incident had made the Kancharla Gopana a devotee of Lord Rama and started composing songs praising the Lord. The epic Ramayana depicts the story of Rama and Sita and it is believed that the place where the Lord Rama, Sita and Laxmana stayed that is Parnasala is near bhadrachalam, which is only 35 kilometres away. The name of the place that is Bhadrachalam is derived from the name Bhadragiri (bhadra’s mountain). The location of the temple on the top of the hill and the river Godavari flowing near this temple attract a lot of devotees and tourists to this place. Another story tells about the expectation of the devotee of Rama named as saint Bhadra (reason behind the naming of this place) for getting moksha. The story of Pokala Dhamakka, who was the devotee of lord Rama, founded the deities of Sita, Rama and Laxmana. It is believed that Lord Rama came in her dream and told her to find the deities aand to perform poojas in order to attain salvation. Thus on the next day she started searching for the deities and obtained them from a anthill. These are some of the myths and stories related to the formation this temple.
People visiting the Bhadrachalam have a lot of other places nearby this temple which will give you a good time. Some of the places among them are Parnasala, Jatayu Paaka, Dummugudem, Gundala, Sree Rama Giri, Venkatareddipeta and Gannavaram. All these places have great importance in Hindu religion. So people who are planning to visit Andhra Pradesh do not miss a chance to visit the places about which we would have heard from the epics. There is a state owned Bus station at Bhadrachalam which help in the transportation of the people from telangana and the people from other states. The railway station is around 40 kms away from the town. So people planning to visit this place do not have to worry about the transportation.