Bhadrachalam is a census town in Khammam district which falls in the Telangana region of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Bhadrachalam Temple, the lord rama temple, is a site of pilgrimage for Hindus. It is situated on the bank of the river Godavari (southern Ganges).
This town of pilgrimage is connected to other major towns by rail and by road. Bhadrachalam is about 120 km from district head quarters Khammam and 320 km from Hyderabad.Nearest Railway station is at 40Km Bhadrachalam road(Kothagudem ). Its name is derived from Bhadragiri (Mountain of Bhadra).
This shrine was built by a devotee of Lord Rama, Kancherla Gopanna popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasu in the 17th century (1630 A. D.). Gopanna was the Tasildar of Bhadrachalam (in the second half of the 17th century) is said to have utilized money from the government treasury to build this temple, and was imprisoned in a dungeon at Golconda. Lord Rama is said to have miraculously given the Sultan the money spent by Gopanna, after which he was released. Gopanna then became Bhadrachala Ramadasa, and went on to compose innumerable number of songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.
For more information on Bhadrachalam, visit www.bhadrachalarama.org
Today devotes of Lord Rama can still be a part of the services performed from the time of the construction of the temple, and visit the beautiful surroundings of Bhadrachalam. Also, not forgetting the modern infrastructure built by ITC and the modern techniques and life of the people who work for the paper manufacturer.