Nelakondapalli tourism

Nelakondapalli City Travel Guide

Nelakondapalli is a small village and an historic place famous for the existence of archaeological sites around, like "Virataraju Dibba" and "Keechaka Gundam". At a distance of one and half kilometre from Nelakondapalli, these places were said to have been existing from the time of Mahabharata. Some of the episodes of Mahabharata are believed to have taken place here. But the relics found here during excavations, reveal that this place existed much before the time of Mahabharata. The presence of Buddhist Stupas here strongly supports the statement that Nelakondapalli has historical and mythological importance. 

The place "Virataraju Dibba" got its name after the king Virata Raju, who ruled this place called Virata Nagaram. Legends have it that, during his rule, the Pandavas worked in his kingdom for nearly one year, after their Aranyavasam (exile in the forest) for twelve years.

Another episode of Mahabharata took place here wherein Keechaka, the brother-in-law of King Virata, misbehaved with Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas. In that rage, Bheema, one of the Pandavas, who worked in the disguise of a cook (by name Valaludu), killed Keechaka. Hence there is a pit after the name of Keechaka as "Keechaka Gundam".

Kancharla Gopanna, popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas as he was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, was born in Nelakondapalli. Bhakta Ramadas was the one who took the initiative to build the temple of Lord Rama in Bhadrachalam. There are some small and ancient temples in the village that are worth visiting. The house of Bhakta Ramadas that is now converted to meditation centre, known as "Bhakta Ramadas Dhyaana Mandiram", is also a good place to visit.

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