Bhadrachalam


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Bhadrachalamis situated on the left bank of sacred and perennial river Godavari, about 70 km from Khammam of Andhra Pradesh. Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy shrine is most famous temple in country. It is is a sacred pilgrimage for hindus, considered to be one the greatest holy shrines in south India with a very rich and unique historical background. The temple was constructed in the 17th Century by the local Tahsildar Kancharla Gopanna, popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas, a fervent devotee of Lord Sree Rama. housing one of the most famous and splendorous temples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama. The puranic and historic facts relate that Lord Rama long after he had shed his mortal coils manifested himself to save his devotee Bhadra Maharshi whom he promised "moksha" after intensive pepance until tretha yuga was over and Lord Rama, who was an incarnation Lord Vishnu, was back to this original avatar. Pleased by Bhadra's devotion, he appeared in form of Lord Rama (as per Bhadra's wishes) and granted him moksha. The Hillok on which Bhadra Maharishi did penance and attained moksha, is called Bhadragiri / Bhadrachalam. Another legend associated with the place is that Lord once appeared in dream of a woman called Pokala Dammakka and informed her about the existence of idols on the Bhadragiri hills. To her surprise she found the Vigrahas on Bhadragiri hills and pu up modest structure. This was origin of the present temple.


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