|Bhadrachala Ramadasu (1608-1682). www.sangeetasudha.org|
|Great Telugu and Tamil actor late sri Nagaiyah playing Bakhta Ramadasu.www.tube.manatelugumovies.ne|
Sri Bhakta Ramadas of 17th century (1608-1682) saint, hailing from Badrachalam (now in Telengana State) was an ardent devotee of Sri Rama and built a temple dedicated to 'Him.'
|Gold coins supposedly paid to the Nawob by the divine powers, Bakhta Ramadasu. www.indiastudychannel.com|
|Sree Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple, Badrachalam. www.templeadvisor.com|
The temple almost reached completion but for fixing of the 'Sudarshana Chakra' at the crest of the main temple. Gopanna was concerned about the Chakra and that night he fell into a reverie in which Lord Rama asked him to have a holy dip in the river Godavari where he would find the holy Chakra. Accordingly he found the holy Sudarshana Chakra in the river on the following morning without much difficulty. Later the Chakra was installed in the temple as per Sastras.
In the mean time, the ruler Nawob was furious about the diversion of funds by Gopanna for temple construction without his consent and he was imprisoned for 12 long years for misuse of public funds and consequently underwent untold miseries and pain. Gopanna appealed to Sri Rama to give him relief and composed innumerable devotional songs, extolling the virtues of Sri Rama and emotionally imploring him to relieve him of pain and shame.
The Golconda Nawob Tanishah (the then ruler of Qutub Shahi Kingdom) at last realized his mistake of having jailed Gopanna, upon knowing his deep devotion to Lord Rama. Then a miracle had happened. Sri Rama and Sri Lakshmana in the guise of Ramoji and Laxmoji, servants of Bhakta Ramadas repaid six lakhs mohurs, due to the ruler and got a voucher from the ruler. The ruler was wonder struck by the devine looking servants. They kept the voucher under the pillow of Gopanna in the jail room. Following morning, when the Nawob woke up from the sleep realized that those divine servants were none other than Rama and Laxmana who came to the risqué of Gopanna (Ramadas) to clear his name and shame. Surprisingly, the Muslim ruler became a devotee of Sri Rama and helped maintain harmonious relationship between the Hindus and Muslims living there.
The Nawob immediately released Gopanna from the prison and asked for his forgiveness. He returned 20,000 Mohurs to Gopanna which he refused. He just took two Gold coins as a token of 'divinity' attached to them (became they were given by the divine Gods themselves) and they are still being kept at the famous temple. Tanishah granted a part of income from Palwoncha paragana for the temple maintenance. He started the tradition of offering pearls on the occasion of Kalyana mahotsavam (Sri Ramanavami) to deities on an elephant through a special messenger and that tradition is still being followed by the families if ex-ruler during the Sri Ramanavami Festival.
Nitya Poojas and sevas right from early morning "Suprabhata Seva" till night "Pavalimpu Seva" before closure of the temple as "Silaasaasanaalu" as prescribed by Bakhta Ramadas are being followed here. There are inscriptions on two pillars with respect to Seva details to be followed in the temple.
Through devotion to Sri Rama Bakhta Ramadas attained immortality and his name will last for ever.