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Badrachalam is one of the Abhimana Kshetram (Temples were visited and praised by the revered Rishis and Saints) located on the river banks of Godavari in Andhra Pradesh.
The legend has that Rishi Bhadra , son of Meru was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. He underwent severe penance on a hill located here for several thousand years. Lord Rama was pleased at the devotion of Rishi Bhadra and appeared before him with Goddess Sita and his brother Lakshman, blessed Rishi Bhadra with Salvation. The hill where Rishi Bhadra performed intense penance was known as Bhadragiri/Bhadrachalam.
Another legend associated with this temple is that Lord Rama appeared on a dream of Smt.Pokala Sammakka, a zealous devotee of Lord Rama lived in Bhadrireddypalem a mile away from this sacred hill. Lord revealed his presence as idols in the hills of Bhadragiri. She meticulously followed the divine instruction of Lord. She cleared an ant-hill situated in this hill with the several pots waters carried from river Godavari and found the idols of Lord Rama. The present structure of this temple is situated on the place where the idols were found was the origin of this temple.
The place where the temple sited is surrounded by the sacred river Godavari was one of the significant places existed dates back to the Great Epic Srimad Ramayana Era. This hill was known as Dandakaranyam, the place where Lord Rama with his brother Lakshman and Goddess Sita lived in a hermitage during their exile from Kingdom Ayodhya.
Badrachalam temple was built in the year 1674 A.D. by Baktha Ramadas Maharaj/Badrachala Ramadasar/Kancharla Gopanna an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. Badrachala Ramadas Maharaj was born in the year 1620 to Linganna Murthy and Kamamba in Nelakondapalli Village, Khammamett Taluk in Andhra Pradesh. His nephew Akkanna was one of the administrative officials in the court of Nawab Abdul Hassan Shah. Sri Ramadas Maharaj was a zelous devotee of Lord Rama was got appointed as Tahsildar with the influence of his nephew. He was earnestly performing his duties of collecting revenues from the villagers, with chanting Rama Nama unperturbed and feeding the devotees of Lord. Sri Ramadas Maharaj happened to visit this hill temple – Badrachalam. The astonishing and mesmerizing splendor of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshman captivated the entire attention of Sri Ramadas Maharaj. He urged the villagers to contribute profusely to build a temple for the divine couple. The fund collected was insufficient to build the proposed structure of this renowned temple. The villagers requested Ramadas Maharaj to spend the money he collected as revenue for the construction with a promise to repay the money immediately after the harvest. Sri Ramadas Maharaj spent a huge sum for the construction of this temple with the revenues collected without the knowledge of Nawab. Sri Ramadas Maharaj continued to face problems in different ways; he found difficulty in installing Sudarsana Chakra on the main shrine. But the most compassionate Lord appeared in his dream and instructed him to find it in the river Godavari. Shortly another trouble followed him in the form of his imprisonment for miss management of public fund. He was jailed in Golkonda fort for 12 years and tortured him in many ways. During his despondent life in the jail, he composed many sacred verses praising the glories of Lord in his beautiful composition ‘Dasarathi Sathakam’.
Nawab was astounded at the unparallel devotion of Sri Ramadas Maharaj while he was in the Jail in Golkonda, later Nawab deeply regretted at this and he himself became an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. The shocking revelation was when Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman appeared before the Nawab as Ramoji and Lakshmanoji and paid off all the money utilized for the construction of the temple by Sri Ramadas Maharaj. The next morning Nawab woke up with a great astonishment that the divine children were none other than Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman. Subsequently all the money collected from the divine children kept at the feet of Sri Ramadas Maharaj and he was released. But Sri Ramadas Maharaj graciously accepted two coins from the cluster and it is still with the Devasthanam of Badrachalam Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple.
Golkonda ruler continued to provide gold coins and pearls for the maintenance of the temple and on the special occasions like Sri Rama Navami and wedding celebration of the divine couple. The temple inscriptions on the two pillars reveals the details of Nitya Pujas carried out on this temple on daily basis from ‘Suprabhatha Seva’ till ‘Pavalimpu Seva’.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!