India, there are thousands of temples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama,fromAyodhya, his
birthplace in Uttar Pradesh, down to Rameswaram at the southernmost tip of the country.
Bhadrachalam, out of all these, is remarkable in its own way, for the sheer beauty of the
icon of the Lord.
Like most of the temples in the
country, Bhadrachalam does not claim to have a Sthalapurana called out of variousPuranas,
nor can it claim to have been constructed by Devatas or Rishis.
In fact, it is a temple consecrated by a very human being, and
is called 'Manushya Pratishtha', since the local legends trace the first beginning of this
temple to a Bairagi or mendicant who came here from Ayodhya.
He took up his abode on the small hillock, which overlooks the
mighty and majestic Godavari. It was he that carved our image of Srirama and built a small
temple over it.
Today, this temple is famous not only in Andhra but through out
India, and in spite of the difficulty of its approach, the magical charm of the idol
attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.