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Seetha Rama Chandra Swamy Devasthanam
About Rama  -  Rama Image Gallery
Pooja Cost : US$ 9.00 Leadtime : 5 Days
Location : Bhadrachalam.
Main Deity : Rama, Seetha, Laxmana Sametha.
Other Deities : Anjaneya, Lakshmi Tayaru Amavaru.
Nearest Town : Bhadrachalam District : Khammam State : Andhra Pradesh
Bhadrachalam is a very sacred place, with its temple dedicated to Lord Rama. The Vigrahas of Rama, Lakshmana and Seeta in the Sri Rama temple there are beautiful pieces of sculpture and are captivating by the sheer beauty and excellence of the workmanship. Sri Rama is represented as a charming person, of handsome beauty, and well-built physique, wearing in his two hands, the Dhanus and the Bana, and standing in the ‘Thribhanga’ attitude as opposed to the ‘Samabhanga’ pose. Sita stands near him, also in the Thribhanga attitude, with a lotus in one hand and the other hand shown in the ‘Katyavalambita’ posture. If there is any temple in which the devotees are captivated by the sheer magic of the beauty of the icon of the Lord, it is at Bhadrachalam. Bhadrachala Ramaswami temple has also become famous, by its association with a great Rama Bhaktha, Saint Ramadas, who was very closly and in timately associated with the temple.

The temple is situated on the right bank of the Godavari on an elevated hillock about 40 steps high. It may be said to stand practically on the bank of the Godavari river. The main entrance of the temple is crowned by a tall inspiring Gopura, which takes one into the inner Prakara of the temple. The main shrine houses the images of Lord Srirama and adjacent to this stands the Utsava Vigraham of the Lord with Goddess Seeta and Laxmana on either side. This particular image of Sri Rama is peculiar and differs from the usual figure of Sri Rama found elsewhere. Normally Sri Rama is depicted in the Thribhanga or Samabhaga pose with two hands only, holding in one hand the bow and in the other the arrow. Sri Rama at Bhadrachalam has got four hands and is called “Chaturbhuja Rama” . The Lord holds the usual Sarnga (or Kodanda bow) and Bana in his front two hands and in the two rear hands holds the Sankha and the Chakra which are characterstic of the images of Lord Vishnu. Such manifestations of ‘Chaturbhuja Rama’ are rare and very significant for ritual worship.
There is nothing particular about the architecture of the temple, and the edifices are built rather sturdily than elegantly. However, the images of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are arresting by their divine beauty and anyone who meditated before the deity would feel that the image has not been made merely as a piece of sculpture, as an icon of the Lord, by an ordinary Sthapathi, but has been done by some great mystic, in a moment of complete and ecstatic oneness with the Lord. Such arresting beauty in sculpture is not known anywhere else.

Bhadrachalam is thus the most famous not only in Andhra but in the whole of India, of Sri Ramachandra. 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.