The first thing that comes to the mind, when one thinks of Lord Rama, is the temple at Bhadrachalam situated on the banks of the river Godavari. The Temple was constructed in the 17th Century by the then Tahsildar, Kancharla Gopanna, popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu, a fervent devotee of Lord Sri Rama.
Bhadrachalam is a “Punya Kshetra” as Lord Seetha Ramachandra Swamy together with Laxmana exists as Swayambhu Murtis as promised to Bhadra Maharshi. The importance of Bhadradri kshetra is explained in Sri Bramhanda Purana, Goutami Mahatyam.
Sri Rama of Bhadrachalam is known as “Vaikunta Rama because he has Conchi(Sankha) and discus (Chakra) the emblems of Vishnu.
The existence of deities, according to local tradition was first revealed in the dream to one Pokala Dammakka. She was the first to come, identify and offer worship to the idols. She was asked to continue worshipping the lord until a day when one bhakta (Ramadasu) would arrive and take up the responsibility of the temple. Ramadasu realized that he had been appointed and sent to the place only to serve the lord and he immediately decided to dedicate the rest of his life for the same.
Ramadasu is said to have composed nearly 200 ramadasu keerthanas on bhadrachala ramadasu, most of which are available to us through Bhajana sampradaya. Some of the kirthanaas are available to us in the traditional tunes while some were composed recently by eminent artists like Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, Padmabhushan Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Malladi Suri Babu among many others.
Ramadasu has also composed ‘Dasaradhi Satakam” , a string of 103 padyams, dandakam and churnika.
Here is the list of Bhadrachalam Temple Festivals 2015-2016. Bhadrachalam Sri Seetha Ramchandra Swamy Temple is one of the popularTemples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama in India.
Bhadrachalam Temple Festivals 2015-2016
12 August 2015 to 16 August – Sri Andal Thirunakshatram
24 August 2015 to 29 August – Sri Swamivari Pravitrotsavam, Sri Hayagriva Jayanti
6 September 2015 – Sri Krishna Jayanti
7 September 2015 – Utla Utsavam
24 September 2015 – Sri Thiruvengala Muddiman Thirunakshatram
14 October 2015 to 22 October 2015 – Sharan Navaratri Utsavams, Ashtalakshmi Alankarams, Sri Ramayana Parayanotsavams
21 October 2015 – Poyigai Alwar Thirunakshatram
22 October 2015 – Poodattha Alwar Thirunakshatram
23 October 2015 – Vijayadashami, Pattabhishekotsavam, Vijayotsavam, Shamipooja, Ayudha Pooja, Sri Ramaleela Mahotsavam, Peyalwar Thirunakshatram
10 November 2015 – Naraka Chaturdashi, Mangala Harathulu, Mangala Sanam
11 November 2015 – Deepavali, Dhanalakshmi Pooja
11 November to 15 November 2015 – Sri Manavala Mahamunula Thirunakshatram
16 November 2015 – Vishwaksena Thirunakshatram
21 November 2015 to 25 November – Thirumangai Alwar Thirunakshatram, Krittika Deepotsavam, Godavari Nadi Harathi
26 November 2015 – Thiruppanalwar Thirunakshatram, Prabandha Nigamanam, Thirukkarthi
11 December 2015 to 31 December 2015 – Vaikunta Ekadashi Prayukta Adhyanotsavams begins, Pagalpatthu Utsavams, Dashavatara utsavalu
17 December 2015 – Dhanurmasam begins
21 December 2015 – Vaikunta Ekadashi, Uttara Dwara Darshanam, Rapatthu Utsavams
30 December 2015 – Nammalwar Paramapadotsavam
1 January 2016 to 3 January 2016 – Sri Swamivari Vilasostavams
6 January 2016 – Vishwaroopa Seva
7 January 2016 – Thondarappodi Alwar Thirunakshatram
11 January 2016 – Kudarai Utsavams
14 January 2016 – Bhogi, Goda kalyanotsavam
15 January 2016 – Makara Sankramanam, Rathotsavam, Pranaya Kalahotsavam
25 January 2016 to 29 January – Koorattha Alwar Thirunakshatram
11 February 2016 – Bhakta Ramadasu Jayanti, Vaggeyakara Utsavam
14 February 2016 – Ratha Saptami, Vendi Ratha seva
12 February 2016 – Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Vari Varshika Thirukalyanam
19 February 2016 – Kulashekhara Alwar Thirunakshatram
20 February to 22 February 2016 – Sahasra Kalashabhishekotsavam
9 March 2016 – Surya Grahanam
20 March 2016 – Purnima, Vasantotsavam, Dolotsavam, Sri Lakshmi Ammavari Thirunakshatram, Sri Sitarama Kalyanam work begins, Pasupu Kommulu Danchuta, Mixing Thalambralu.
Apart from the above festivals, vratas, and utsavams, Swamyvari Parikramana Seva is celebrated on every Friday, Ekadashi, Purnima, Amavasya Sankramana.
Laksha Kumkumarchana on Bahula Ekadashi in every month.
Sudarshana Homam on Chitra Nakshatram,
Sri Srirama Masa Thirunakshatram on Punarvasu Nakshatram,
Pattabhishekotsavam on Pushyami Nakshatram.