is also one of the famous places of pilgrimage on the river Godavari, the other being the
Panchavati on its steps.
The entire river Godavari
running for 900 miles from the Nasik hills down to the sea near Rajahmundry, is holy
ground for the Hindus, with its association with the life of Sri Rama.
It was at Bhadrachalam that Sri Rama lost Sita, and it was here
that he manifested himself to save his devotee Ramadas.
The Puranic tradition, the historical facts and the local
legends are so inextricably intertwined that the sanctity of the place as been enhanced
rather than diminished.
The great concourse of the pilgrims who flock to Bhadrachalam
during Sri Rama Navami days is nearly as much as of those who visit the confluence of the
Ganga and Yamuna in the north.
Especially in April, endless streams of pilgrims make up the
famous Bhadrachala Yatra.