Saturday, April 13, 2024

Are attempts made to distance Saint Ramadas from  Bhadradri Rama?

  • Changing the pattern of ‘Commentary’ during Sitarama Kalyanam raises doubts
  • Devotees missing the chanting of parts of Ramadas keertanalu during the divine wedding
  • Ramadas built the temple for Rama in Bhadradri not caring hardships
  • Even the saint was jailed on the allegation of misusing Golkonda Nawab government’s funds
  • Chanting of Ramanarayana more times than Ramachandra Swamy
  • Already the pravara of Rama and Sita changed during Ramulori Pelli
  • Priests chant the pravara of Vishnu instead of Rama, a kshatriya king,
  • Laxmi instead of Sita even on Sitarama Kalyanam on March 30, 2023
  • Devotees of Bhadradri are pained over the changing traditions and conventions of the ‘celestial wedding’
  • Priests deliberately dragging Bhadradri temple into controversy
  • The issue  debated in social media
  • Devotees request CM KCR to intervene
The deity in full decorative dress

After changing of pravara of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita during ‘Ramulori Pelli’ (Celestial Wedding), efforts are seen to distance saint Ramadas from the great event. The bond between  Saint Ramadas and the divine couple is eternal and crores of devotees felt it through the keertanalu of Ramadas. There used to be specialty to the commentary of pundits during the event of ‘Sitarama Kalyanam in Bhadrachalam.  It is evident that lakhs of devotees who were unable to attend the divine wedding in Bhadrachalam, used to hear the commentary during the even through All India Radio.

The scholars like Ushasri and Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry used to comment vividly on the rituals during the ‘Ramulori Pelli’. Ramadas keertanalu used to occupy a good place in the commentary on the wedding. Ramadas keertanalu that were sung while decorating the jewelry donated by the saint to the divine couple was missed during kalayanam. It is recalled that many of the ornaments of the temple were presented by Ramadas. The priests have allegedly skipped the old pattern of commentary during the wedding.

Busireddy Sankar Reddy, a devotee of Bhadrachalam, said, “The priests, who changed the ‘pravara’ of the Rama and Sita, started ignoring even the great saint Ramadas. The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, who is known as strong CM should stop such violations in the temple. The local traditions and conventions should be respected at any cost. The voices of devotees are being suppressed and it is not just”. 

Lord Rama being decorated by the priests

Why were the Lord Rama and Goddess Sita of Bhadrachalam temple, the divine couple on the earth, dragged into the controversy in a systematic manner? Vanam Jwala Narasimha Rao, CPRO of Telangana State government, too found fault in changing of Pravara and ‘Gotra’ of the divine couple.

The Sitaramachandra Swamy temple came into news for the wrong reasons since  2013. First time, the Gotra and Pravara of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita were changed during Sita Rama Kalyanam time. Instead of gotras and pravaras  of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita,  the priests recited the gotras and pravaras of Vishnu and Laxmi.

Annadanam Chidambara Sastry, a vedic scholar and founder chairman of Hanumath Adhyathmika Kendram, Arepalli Agraharam, Guntur district, wrote a book on “Bhadradreesunaku Jaruguthunna Ghorapacharalu” (Heinous insults being meted  out to the lord of Bhadrachalam during rituals), said, ““All the rituals in Sitaramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam are being deviated and causing for rift between Vaishnavism and Shaivism”.

He said that the Pravara and Gotra of Lord Rama during pooja programs in Bhadrachalam even in Kalyanam are like the following way. “The Gotra of Lord Rama is Vasista and the Pravara should be chanted as Nabhaga, Ajha and Dasaratha. But, the priests have been chanting Achyutha Gotram instead of Vasista and pravara also has been changed.


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