exciting historical evidence begins with the appointment of
Kancherla Gopanna, an ordinary god-minded man as Tahsildar to the
Revenue taluq of Bhadrachalam, under the sovereignty of Tanisha of
Golkonda, a staunch Muslim, yet a renowned ruler, famous for
religious tolerance, who ultimately became instrumental in throwing
a halo round the archamurti of the sacred shrine.
start with, Gopanna was a devout brahmin in whom the theistic
impulses were predominant right from the birth. He hailed from a
village Nelakondapalli of Khammam district. He was poor - unable to
see the both ends meet, tried however much by right means. Strangely
enough, he had fortune in the persons of two maternal uncles Akkanna
and Madanna, who were in the service of Abdul Hassan Tanisha, the
Nawab of Nizam then, as ministers. It so coincided that the
Tahsildar of Bhadrachalam taluq died then. To filling in the vacant
post, Gopanna was preferred.