Bhadrachalam is located at a distance of 200 km from
Vijayawada. Dornakkal, on the Vijayawada - Warangal
railroad is the nearest railway junction, and Bhadrachalam
road is the nearest railhead.
Legends: This temple is intimately connected with the
life of the saint composer Bhadrachala Ramadasa who
was known as Gopanna. Gopanna the Tasildar of Bhadrachalam
(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.
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 several songs in Telugu in praise of Rama.
Bhadrachalam and Vijayanagara are sites said to have
been closely associated with the Ramayana. Rama, Sita
and Lakshmana are said to have stayed at Parnasala,
35 km away from Bhadrachalam. Rama is said to have crossed
the river Godavari on his way to Sri Lanka to rescue
Sita, at the spot where the Bhadrachalam temple stands,
on the northern bank of the river.
Legend has it that the son of Meru - Bhadra performed
penances towards Rama here. Kabirdas, a muslim by birth
is also closely associated with this temple. It is believed
that the images of the deities miraculously disappeared
when Kabir was refused entry into the temple and that
they reappeared miraculously upon his being permitted
Akiripalli near Vijayawada is home to a hill temple
bearing a cave shrine to Vyagra Narasimha and a temple
to Malleswara Shiva. The hill is also known as Sobhanachalam.
The hill temple also has shrines to Rajyalakshmi, and
to all of the Alwar saints of Tamilnadu. The Nammalwar
Adhyayanotsavam is celebrated in this temple once a
Legend has it that a king by name Subhavrata meditated
upon Vishnu and Shiva and was blessed with a vision
of Narasimha and Shiva on this hill. The hill is known
as Sobhanadri after the king Subhavrata.
The Varaha theertham or tank is located to the west
of the hill. Legend has it that Vishnu in his Varaha
avatara dug out this tank, and hence the name Varaha
pushkarini. The word kiri refers to Varaha, and hence
the name of the place - Akiripalli.
This Akiritemple celebrates festivals such as the adhyayanotsavam,
Ratha Saptami with a chariot procession, the full moon
night in the month of Kartika and so on.