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Parnasala in Bhadrachalam

Bhadrachalam Parnasala

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Bhadrachalam Parnasala

Parnasala (Telugu: పర్ణశాల) is a Village situated in the Dummugudem mandal in the Khammam district of Telangana, India. The village is accessible by road and boats and is situated 32 km from the temple town of Bhadrachalam.

According to legend, it is said the "Lord Sri Rama " spent some of the 14 years of exile at this location. The locals believe that Sita, the beloved consort of "Lord Sri Rama" bathed in the stream here and dried her clothes on "Radhagutta" where the imprints are seen even today. The demon king "Ravana" parked his Pushpaka on the hillock on the opposite side of the river and abducted her. An earthen ditch reportedly caused when Ravana removed earth to carry off Sita to Lanka can be seen here. Another Hindu myth names Parnashala as the location where Rama killed Maricha, who came in disguise of a golden deer to deceive Sita.

Parnasala is a significant mythological sightseeing destination of Bhadrachalam. It is also one of the popular villages of Andhra Pradesh known for its ancient tales and beliefs. This village is famous as the place where Lord Rama stayed with his wife and brother during his 14 year exile.

The village has River Godavari flowing at the foot of its elevated land. At this place, there is also a Lord Rama temple. A small hut and foot prints are also seen around the village depicting the traces of incidents of ancient times, when Rama stayed here and his wife Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. There are also hoof marks of the popular golden deer of this mythology along with the wheel marks of the chariot on which Devi Sita was carried away by Ravana. The place which witnessed the sad mood of Lord Rama after this incident is known as Soka Rama.

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