SRIRAMA NAVAMI FESTIVAL AT BHADRACHALAM

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Location : Bhadrachalam, Khammam District
Month : March-April
Occasion : Lord Srirama's Birthday
Unique Feature : Srirama Kalyanotsavam Is Being Practised From About 400 Years Continously


The Srirama Navami Festival at Bhadrachalam is celebrated for ten days from 'Chaitra Suddha Saptami' to 'Bahula Padyami'. It is Sri Rama's birthday and the Kalyanotsavam celebrated during then attracts about three lakhs of devotees. It is a day of festivity for "Ramabhaktas".

The Grand Wedding Celebration
The temple celebrates the celestial wedding between Rama and Sita in a grand scale mimicking the actual event. The commentators role-play by arrogating themselves to either the bride's (Sita's) family or the bridegroom's (Rama's side). The role-play is complete in every aspect and includes every small detail, as much as human feelings are attributed to the deities - such as "Sita being shy and her cheeks blushing pink as she approaches Rama".

These celebrations are being practised from about 400 years ago, introduced during Tana Shah's rule continued even through the Nizam's rule and still continue to this day. All the jewels used are those made by 'Ramadas' and the natural sea water pearls used during the wedding ritual of 'Talambralu' still comes from an endowment created by the Nizam's trust.

This event is telecast live both on All India Radio and on Television for nearly three hours with good description in the commentary. The chief minister of the State also attends the Kalyanotsavam.

HOW TO GET THERE


Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kottagudem, which is around 40-km from here.

Road: APSRTC operates buses from Bhadrachalam to other important towns/cities in A.P. Regular buses are available from Kothagudem, Khammam, Tenali, Warangal, Hyderabad and Tirupati .



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