Bhadrachalam temple was constructed in 17th century by a great devotee of Lord Rama named Bhaktha Ramadas. In this temple, Lord Sri Rama has appeared as a self manifested deity (swayambhu). His divine form appears with sankham, chakram, a bow and arrow in his four hands along with Mother Sitha and Lakshmana. The holy river Godavari flows around this pilgrimage. According to Bramha Purana, a devotee taking darsan of Lord Sri Rama, bathing in Godavari, performing charity, meditation, yajnas and thadiyaradhana (annadanam) will be 10 million times more fruitful in Bhadrachalam than in any other holy place. Millions of devotees attend the Sri Sitha Rama Kalyanam which is celebrated grandly with pomp and splendor annually on Sri Rama Navami day.
HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji’s Rama Kratu Sthu:pa
HH Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji established two Sri Rama Krathu sthupas or pillars in Bhadrachalam temple. These Rama Krathu sthupas were built to re-establish the greatness of Lord Sri Rama and to create awareness about Srimad Ramayana. HH Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji performed Sri Rama Krathus at 108 places by lighting a jyothi on the first day and using that fire for all the yajnas continuously for nine years. These yajnas were performed all around India and Nepal.