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RAMAVATAR KSHETRAS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

Bhadrachalam - Sri Ramaalayam

Strangely enough thin world renowned Hindu thirtha kshetra emerged into unprecedented eminence by the Muslim funds, and the farmana issued by that illustrious refined Nizam is still honoured by the successors. It, fantastic background and the mysterious sport played by BhagawanSri Rama has become a topic of perennial interest and inexhaustible attraction. 

Ramadas Episode

An exciting historical evidence begins with the appointment of Kancherla Gopanna, an ordinary god-minded man as Tahsildar of the Revenue Taluq of Bhadrachalam, enjoying 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. 

To begin with, Gopanna was a devout Brahmin in whom theistic impulses were predominant right from the birth. He hailed from a village Nelakondapalli of Khammam district. He was poor - unable to see 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 then in the service of Abdul Hassan Tanisha, the Nawab of Nizam, as ministers. It so coincided that the Tashildar of Bhadrachalam -Taluq died then. To filling in the vacant post, Gopanna was preferred. Akkanna and Madanna were pleased when their recommendation met with success, more was the pleasure to the Gopanna's family sinking in stark poverty, and most to the cause of theism. Gopanna ably and satisfactorily discharged his official duties and became a popular officer. His devotion too was slowly coming into the flood light of public gaze. Just at this juncture a miracle happened Pokala Dhammakka, a local devotee of considerable fame, found to her good fortune the image of Sri Rama. For installation and regular worship, funds and patronage were found indispensable.

This news reached Gopanna. Soon he launched out a modest programme of building a temple for the newly found holy image. It began rising quicker than expected, rather in tune with him, theistic impulses. What little he earned and saved went into construction along with public donation. Alas! His zeal loomed larger than his means. He determined to adorn the deities with costly jewels, and the temple with architectural adornments. When the spring of his finance was completely dried up, he turned his eve to the State Revenue collections. Huge. funds to a tune of six lacs we're Soon diverted and consoled to quench his devotional thirst. People were profited by the big temple - 5wayantvyakta archanturti was installed, regular prayer services started; devotional activities multiplied; influx of devotees increased; prosperous business achieved and endless 'spiritural programmes were carried on. When Gopanna's theistic fragrance wafting across the truth reached the Northern parts, the saint-poet and pious minstrel Kabir, a remarkable Prophet carne. down to Badradrachalam and conferred the. title 'Ramadasu', on Gopanna, pleased with his highly advanced stage of shakti. 'that fame spread everywhere and reached the Muslim nobility first and royalty next. "What! Muslim funds for Hindu Cods! Gross injustice.!! Open abuse. of delegated powers !!! -This transgression must be nipped, and the. culprit must be hooked up to the gallows !!"' These uproarious out-bursts shook the tolerant ruler a bit more. Svoon Gopanna was summoned and asked for explanation by the ruler. -Tanisha. The ministers were mute, throughout the. enquiry. "Against the obvious evidence, would the. commission of abuse. of power get any remission?" Moreover, the Muslim bigotry decided to sack him - imprison him, torture hint and end him. A malicious delight! A marvellous opportunity for revenge!! So Gopanna was thrown into jail. 

Ordeals Of Ramadas

Then began a period of misery thrust upon him by an endless series of torture. Result : hard manual work, lack of rest, inadequate diet, in sanitary cell, constant heckling etc. they sucked up the. sap of his- body, and debilitated him to the extent of sinking any moment. -Tried however much, they could not interfere. with his isttadaivam - Sri Rama and put out the ever burning soul-power. He started pouring out his unalloyed bhakti in the. form of songs that enriched the religious literature of the. world. Each of the gems that fell front his lips is in praise of lord Sri Rama's glory and his boundless faith in him. He appealed to him for instant relief, when tortures subjected his physical frame to unendurable agony. Falling to sight the relief, he addressed his entreaties to Mother Sita and prayed for her intervention immediate to acquainting his plight to Sri Rama. At last Sri Rama came to Tanisha along with Ukshmana and paying the amount due, released Ramadas. '.

The Temple

This sacred shrine, the biggest draw of course, next to Tirupati in Andhra,Pradesh lies on the Bhadragiri, drenched by the holy waters of ever flowing river Godavari in Khammam. Built atop a hillock, it is a landmark, inspiring devotion by its high towers visible to people for some miles off. There are broad flights of steps to reach the sanctum, well-built with Muslim funds, but augmented and expanded of great patrons and philanthropists later. The inscriptions on the walls and copper plates narrate date-wise development of this hallowed shrine, growing in importance with the passage of time faster than the sophisticated institutions as testified by the ever increasing repeated influx of pilgrims from all parts of the world, particularly from the communities of Rama bhaktas of Hanuman type, who have enthroned Sri Rama in their hearts.

Ascending the stairs, the devotees enter through the main entrance adored with a tall tower. The courtyard in the inner prakara is quite spacious, and the halls too are huge enough to accommodate thousands of pilgrims congregating for several purposes. The images of the Principal deity Sri Rama is about three feet in height. He reveals himself in Padmasana posture with four hands, two holding bow and arrow, and the other two disc and conch. Mother Sita is sitting on his left lap, while Lakshman sitting adjacent. All these three are extremely graceful and lift the souls of the theist at the first sight, rather in a single flash itself. The Vimanasikhara, made of single granite stone weighs 30 tons, and according to local version, it is beautified with sudarsan chakra brought from the river, Godavari by Ramadas. Images of several adorable deities, like Vishnu, Garuda, Simha, Somaskanda, Dhakshinamurthi are adorning the grand vimana, and its visual appeal detains the viewers long. Another strange feature that greets the visitors is the figures of Dwarapalakas on horse back. An oddity. The Kalyana mantapam, besides being extensive in size is a specimen of exquisite craftsmanship. And there is a speical room specially built for preserving the Ramakoti books written by devotees. Behind the garbhagriha there is another shrine for Bhadra and it is visit-worthy also.

Festivals

There are many festivals celebrated with great gusto throughout the year. Of them, Sri Ramanavami is by far the best and lasts for more than a week. It is the auspicious day of Sri Rama's birth, and the Kalyanotsavam celebrated during then attracts lacs of devotees. It was during then all the jewels made by Ramadas are used and it is a gala day for Ramabhaktas. The Vaikunta Eakadasi festival celebrated for 10 days is equally grand and has greater pull. All the pujas are offered according to pancharatragama. Among other places worthy of seeing here Narasimha shrine, Yogananda Narasimhaswamy temple, Ranganayakula Alayam, Sivaalayam, Govindarajula Alayam deserve mention.

More than these, the Parnasala lying at a distance of 35 km is the most visit worthy; for, there are certain slabs of saffron and turmeric colours supposed to have been used by Mother Sita for drying up her sarees. A beautiful temple came up on the exact site of parnasala of the Tretayuga age. And there is a hot water pond at a short distance, the water of which was brought every day by Iakshman for the purpose of bath to Mother Sita. Devout pilgrims miss not these two sacred spots also. "Pay a visit ! Get a boon to beget Ramabhakti!! Put a stop to Punarjanma!!!" says the sthalagna with great enthusiasm.

It lies 50 Km of Khamman in AP

 

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