Bhadrachalam
Bhadradri
Bhadrachalam Temple
Nickname: 
BCM
Bhadrachalam is located in Telangana
Bhadrachalam
Bhadrachalam
Bhadrachalam (Telangana)
Bhadrachalam is located in India
Bhadrachalam
Bhadrachalam
Bhadrachalam (India)
Coordinates: 17°40′01″N 80°52′58″E / 17.666903835687577°N 80.88264531302039°E / 17.666903835687577; 80.88264531302039
Country India
StateTelangana
DistrictBhadradri Kothagudem district
Government
 • BodyNagar Palika
Area
 • Total12.00 km2 (4.63 sq mi)
Elevation
90 m (300 ft)
Population
 (2011)[2]
 • Total50,087
 • Rank40th in Telangana
 • Density7,121/km2 (18,440/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
507111
Telephone code08743
Vehicle registrationTS-28
Sex ratio1:1 /
Distance from Kothagudem40 kilometres (25 mi)
Distance from Hyderabad325 kilometres (202 mi)
Websitetelangana.gov.in
www.telanganatourism.gov.in

Bhadrachalam is a census town in Bhadradri Kothagudem district in the Indian state of Telangana.[3] It is an important Hindu pilgrimage town with the Bhadrachalam Temple of Rama, situated on the banks of Godavari River. It is located 312 kilometres (194 mi) east of state capital, Hyderabad,115 kilometres (71 mi) from Khammam,178 kilometres (111 mi) from Suryapet,180 kilometres (112 mi) from Warangal,187 kilometres (116 mi) from Vijayawada,220 kilometres (137 mi) and 350 kilometres (217 mi) from Visakhapatnam.

Murti of Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita on the eve of Rama Pattabhisheka

History

The town has a documented history of a Rama Temple constructed c. 17th century CE by Kancherla Gopanna.[4]

Gopanna (1620 - 1688), popularly known as Bhadradri Ramadasu or Bhadrachala Ramadasu, was a 17th-century Indian devotee of Rama and a composer of Carnatic music. His devotional lyrics to Rama are famous in South Indian classical music as Ramadaasu Keertanalu, and have made Bhadrachalam a place of religious importance for Hindus.[citation needed]

The Bhadrachalam area also has several Hindu temples associated with the epic Ramayana.[5] It is referred as "Dakshina Saketa Puri" in the movie "Sri Ramadasu".

Geography

Bhadrachalam is located at 17°40′N 80°53′E / 17.67°N 80.88°E / 17.67; 80.88.[6] It has an average elevation of 50 metres (164 feet). The zero feet gauge level of Godavari River at Bhadracham is equal to +32.6 m msl.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census,[7] Bhadrachalam had a population of 55,352. As of 2001, Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Bhadrachalam has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Transport

The state bus service TSRTC operates a bus station in Bhadrachalam connecting the town to various places of the state. Andhra Pradesh state bus service APSRTC operates buses frequently to Bhadrachalam.

The nearest railway station is Bhadrachalam Road railway station,[8] 40 km (25 mi) from the town.

Bhadrachalam is connected[how?] to Hyderabad, Khammam, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Warangal, Nizamabad, Ramagundam, Godavarikhani, Miryalaguda, and Karimnagar cities in Telangana state as well as to Rajamahendravaram, Kakinada, Amalapuram, Guntur, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh State .

References

  1. ^ "District Census Handbook - Khammam" (PDF). Census of India. The Registrar General & CensusCommissioner. pp. 14, 40. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  3. ^ "District Administration – Formation/Reorganization of District, Revenue Divisions and Mandals in Badradri District at Kothagudem – Final Notification - Orders – Issued" (PDF). Bhadradri Kothagudem District. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Bhadrachala Sree Seetha Ramachandra swamy temple". bhadrachalarama.org.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Official Website of Telangana Tourism Corporation".
  6. ^ "Bhadrachalam, India Page". Fallingrain.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  8. ^ "BDCR/Bhadrachalam Road (3 PFs) Map/Atlas – India Rail Info". India Rail Info.