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Bhadrachalam

Bhadrachalam, located on the banks of river Godavari, is a small town famous for "Sri Seetaramachandra Swamy temple" which is the unique temple dedicated to lord Rama. Presently it is the biggest kshetra of Sri Rama after Ayodhya. The place attracts hundreds and thousands of devotees from all over the world.

History: 

A sacred place that attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the world, it is the abode of Lord Rama (The seventh incarnation of SriMahavishnu). This hill place which is encircled by holy river Godavari flowing towards southern direction is the famous shrine Bhadrachalam-The name derived from Bhadragiri (Mountain of Bhadra-a boon child of Meru and Menaka). According to an Ithihasas, the significance of this shrine dates back to the Ramayana Era. This coherent hill place existed in "Dandakaranya" Of Ramayana period where Rama with his consort Sita and brother Laxmana had spent their vanavasa- and Parnashaala(the place connected to the famous Golden Deer and the place from where Sita was abducted by Ravana.) is also in the vicinity of this temple site. It is at this Mandir site that, long after Ramavatara, Bhagawan Mahavishnu manifested Himself as Rama again to fulfil a promise He made to His Bhakta Bhadra, who continued his Tapas through Yugas, praying for the grace of the Bhagawan Sri Ramachandra murthy.

Accessibility: 

Air: Nearest airport to Bhadrachalam is Rajamundri domestic Airport. Nearest International airports are Hyderabad and Chennai airports which are about 325 km away from Bhadrachalam. It costs about Rs 4000 by Taxi from Hyderabad or Chennai to the city Bhadrachalam. Hyderabad and Chennai airports are well connected to all major cities in India and abroad

Rail: Nearest Railway station is at Bhadrachalam Road station, also known as Kothagudem. It is 40 km from the Bhadrachalam city and taxi will cost about Rs 500 from railhead to the city.

Road: State owned transport bus facilities are available from the city to other major cities in the state. District head quarters Khammam, 120 km away, and State capital Hyderabad, 325 km away, are connected to Bhadrachalam by public transport buses.

Accommodation: 

• Devastanam (temple administration) accommodation offers good value: Sita Nilayam (also called ‘vanda gadulu’)is one such located near the main temple, - several new and big rooms costing between 200rs to 350rs with A/C. No room service. If all the rooms are booked enquire about other so called 'cottages'
• Hotel Kalki, Godavari, Gitanjali are other smaller hotels.
• State run Punnami Bhadrachalam has dormitories for 150rs.

Attractions: 

Annual Kalyanotsavam
Annual Kalyanotsavam on the eve of Sri Rama navami, during Sri Rama Navami(march-April) there is a huge influx of pilgrims not only from Andhra districts, but also from other distant places to attend the wedding of Lord Rama with Sita.

District: 
Khammam District
Location: 
Situated on the banks of Godavari River, Bhadrachalam is 161 kilometres from Rajahmundry and 201-km from Vijayawada.
STD Code: 
08743
Termperature: 
Summer 23-37°C, Winter 17-23°C
Best time to visit: 
October to March
Famous For: 
The town is famous for "Sri Seetaramachandra Swamy temple" which is the unique temple in India dedicated to lord Rama.