Most important places to visit near Bhadrachalam temple
- Papi kondalu hills
Papi kondalu are situated in the river Godavari, according to our Puranas one of the saptharuhees brought pathala Ganga down but when the pathala Ganga reached papikondalu an evil king named Papi stopped the flow of pathala Ganga. Later on the request of saptharuhees, the evil king gave a small way to continue the flow that’s why papikondalu are thus close to each other. Actually, the word Papi kondalu came from the Telugu word “PapidiKondalu” which means the view of the river from the top of the hills looks like hairline of a woman. Papi kondalu are situated 100km far away from Rajahmundry. From Rajamundry to Badrachalam there will be boat journey which is a wonderful experience and can enjoy the nature and it will take 8hours of time to reach Badrachalam.
- Bhadrachala Rama Temple
Sri Sita Rama Swamy temple is located near the river bank of the Godavari in Telangana State. The main deity was found in the 17th century to a tribal woman, then built a small mandapam later Kancherla Gopanna built this temple on those days Gopanna started Sri Sita Rama Swamy’s kalyana mahotsavam and the same custom is following till today. According to puranas “Bhadra who was a son of Meru Mount, with the advice of rushee Narada Bhadra mediated and chanted the Rama mantra near the bank of river Godavari, pleased Rama gave a promise to return to meet him when he found Sita but Lord Rama failed to keep his promise, later Lord Vishnu was pleased with his prayers and appeared to him in form of Rama with his four arms along with Sita who is seated on his left thigh and Lakshmana stood to his left side. Now several small temples are located inside of the temple and you can also see the Museum in which you can see the jewelry of ramadas and the temple is a km away from the center of the city.
Parnasala is a small village and situated from 32km away from Bhadrachalam and it is elevated to 55mts. At the end of the elevation of river the Godavari you can see the footprints of Lord Rama and a small hut in which you can see the sculptures of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. According to Puranas Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana had stayed there for 14 years, Godavari water is used by Sita to wash her clothes, and there are footmarks of golden deer and wheel marks in which Ravana took Sita.
A tribal woman called Dhammakka found the Idol of Lord Rama in her dreams and later she went to the hillock of Bhadrachalam and took the idols and built a mandapa. During exile period of Lord Rama, he appeared in front of her, she being poor she offered some fruits by tasting them and Rama ate all the fruits and rescued her. Later she took the form of the river and slowly joined to the river Godavari before falling into the sea. Sabari river originates from the western slopes in Odisha states and forms like a boundary between Chhattisgarh and Odisha states and later enters into Telangana state to merge with river Godavari.
- Sri Sita Rama Chandra Swamy Temple
In this temple, you can see the idols of Lord Rama having four arms with a bow and couch in his lower hands and Shanka and Chakra in his upper hands depicting both Rama and Lord Vishnu. Here you can see the Goddess Sita was seating on Lord Rama’s lap. The major and important festival is Sreeramanavami was celebrated during the months of March- April.
- Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy Temple
Abhay Anjaneya Swamy temple was currently added to the tabulation of visiting centers in the Bhadrachalam town. The main important thing in the temple is sculptures made with cement but appeared as made up of wood. The temple is 1km away from the city center.
- City shopping
In Bhadrachalam you can do shop for idols, paintings and some books. You can find a number of varieties of items during the festival seasons so better to plan the trip during the festival seasons.