Bhadrachalam – A Popular Hindu Pilgrimage Town
Situated right on the banks of holy River Godavari, Bhadrachalam is a popular Hindu pilgrimage town, located in the newly formed Indian state called Telangana. It is of great prominence in religious aspects, famous for its ancient structure of a temple devoted to Lord Ram—one of the most popular deities in Hindu culture.
According to historians, the temple was constructed in the era as early as the 17th century CE, by Kancherla Gopanna—also known as Bhadrachala Ramadasu, a strong 17th century devotee of Lord Ram and also a famous Carnatic music composer.
According to legend, this census town was visited by the trio of Lord Ram, his wife Sita, and brother Laxman, while they were on exile, away from their native town of Ayodhya. It is also believed that the forest that lies near the vicinity was the same place where they took refuge, as Ram built a small hut for himself and his wife, and it happens to be the same place from where the ill-minded Ravan had kidnapped the latter.
The temples here have the idols of Ram and Sita, as well as Laxman, and these idols are believed to have been created in a self manifested fashion. Other than the primitive Ram temple, there is also a list of other Hindu temples that garner a lot of tourist attention.