Sights in BhadrachalamEdit This
Considered to be one of the holiest places in South India, Bhadrachalam is located on the banks of the river Godavari in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is known as a place where the Lord Rama lived for a brief time and because of this, it has become an important site of pilgrimage for Hindus all over the world. Given this is such a holy location to Hindus, there are many important cultural places to see when visiting Bhadrachalam. Although most of these sites are temples, there are various other areas to explore as well.
River Godavari Tour
You can take a steam boat on the River Godavari over to the Papikondalu Hills. There are available packages that will cover a whole day including meals and snacks. You will enjoy the peaceful scenery and watch the sun setting over the river on your journey to Papikondalu on the shores of the Godavari.
Another popular place frequented by visitors is Parnasala. It has been said that the Lord Sri Rama spent many years of exile at this village. There is much historical importance in Parnasala, and it is a great place to visit for picnics, with extensive greenery and the River Godavari in the backdrop. You can also explore tribal hamlets and trek through expansive fields of paddy.
The main attraction in Bhadrachalam is the Bhadrachalam Temple. It is the center of celebration on Rama Navami day, the wedding anniversary of Lord Rama and Sita, as well as other festivals. The temple also contains many smaller temples of other gods and goddesses within it, including the temples of Lord Shiva and Narasimha. There are many things to behold at the site, like the four pillars that contain the images of different religious figures or the ceiling which holds a breathtaking three-petal lotus made out of granite.
To learn more about the temple, you can visit the museum within the complex itself. The museum showcases painted portraits and different artifacts like jewelry. You will also have the opportunity to make an offering to the deity outside the temple. Prasadam, which is food offered to the main deity, is sold outside the main entrance and can serve well as a snack or even a quick meal. If you want souvenirs, there is a nice shop on the premises where you could buy different items like copper coins or posters.