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Dichpally Ramalayam – 14th Century Temple of Nizamabad

Dichpally Ramalayam Temple Nizamabad
Dichpally Ramalayam Temple Nizamabad – Image Courtesy:

Dichpally Ramalayam – Ancient Temple of Nizamabad

Built in the 14th century the Dichpally Ramalayam is one of the oldest temples in Nizamabad. Dedicated to Lord Rama, the incarnation of Vishnu, the temple is said to have been built by the Kakatiya kings. Owing to similarity in style and structure the temple is also famed as the Indhoor Khajuraho (Khajuraho of Nizamabad).

Located at a distance of 27 Kms from Nizamabad en route to Hyderabad, the Dichpally Ramalayam is one of the finest examples of stone architecture. Built in white and black Basalt stone, it is embellished with the figures of goddesses, animals, devils and Khajuraho style erotic structures that are engraved on each of its pillars, walls ceilings and even door frames. The surrounding area of the temple fills with water every year during the monsoons and the temple assumes the look of an island.

Dichpally Ramalayam Nizamabad
Dichpally Ramalayam Nizamabad – Image Courtesy:

The Ramalayam has 105 steps which devotees need to scale in order to offer their prayers. Also the temple has a pedestrian subway built around it which acts as a connecting link with the Raghunanda Temple. The entrance to the steps is graced by a decorative gateway which is richly engraved and bearing the Kakatiya style of architecture. Each carving is a strong reminder of the Kakatiya glory.

However, for some unknown reason, the Dichpally Ramalayam remained incomplete owing to the absence of any idol in its garba griha for a substantial length of time after its construction. The temple received its first idol of Lord Rama and his consort Sita, his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman in 1949. This was gifted to the temple by Gajawada Chinnaiah Gupta, a local devotee of the village. Since then devotees have thronged the temple to offer their prayers to the Lord and his consort. Prior to that, the temple is believed to have been without any idols.Like the many mysteries of history, this too remains unanswered.

Nevertheless, the incompleteness of the Dichpally Ramalayam have not proved to be any deterrent to devotees of Lord Rama. Thousands of devotees have consciously chosen the pious environs of the temple as the preferred spot for offering their prayers.

Entrance Arch at Dichpally Ramalayam Nizamabad
Entrance Arch at Dichpally Ramalayam Nizamabad – Image Courtesy:

The temple, also known as the Khilla Ramalayam probably owing to the presence of a fort in its vicinity, receives the maximum footfalls during the festival of Rama Navami. The festival is held on the ninth day of Chaitra which corresponds to the Gregorian months of March to April. The festival celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasaratha and his queen Kausalya. The festivities include recitation of the Ramcharitmanas, the epic poem composed by the great poet Tulsidas; bhajans, kirtans, Arti and distribution of Prasad. Part of the festivities also includes devotees placing the infant form of Lord Rama in cradles and rocking them.

The Dichpally Ramalayam during this time is elaborately decorated to usher in the festive spirit. Special arrangements are also made to manage the huge crowds of devotees who throng to the temple with their offerings and prayers.

The Dichpally Ramlayam is considered to be auspicious for all devotees of Lord Rama. However, it is also a place of wonder and admiration for lovers of art and architecture. It provides students and art scholars with an excellent subject for their research. The temple is a must-see for tourists visiting Nizamabad.

Sculptures at Dichpally Ramalayam Temple Nizamabad
Sculptures at Dichpally Ramalayam Temple Nizamabad – Image Courtesy:

Special Attractions:
– The excellent and awe-inspiring sculptures engraved on the Temple walls transform this place from a mere religious site to an architectural marvel. It makes the visit to this Ramalayam a definite must while visiting Nizamabad.
– The Ramalayam is not only a popular religious site but also a great site for studying superior craftsmanship of the Kakatiyan era.

– Distance from Nizamabad  is 27 Kms
– Distance from Hyderabad is 162 Kms
– Distance from Warangal is 200 Kms
– Distance from Karimnagar is 139 Kms

Sculptures at Dichpally Ramalayam Temple Nizamabad
Sculptures at Dichpally Ramalayam Temple Nizamabad – Image Courtesy:

How to reach:
– The Dichpally Ramalayam is very close to Nizamabad Bus stand and the railway station. Nizamabad can be easily accessed from Hyderabad. Buses are available at a 15 minute frequency from Hyderabad. Tourists can reach Nizamabad and avail private transport to reach the Dichpally Ramalayam.
– Plenty of buses ply to Nizamabad from all the major cities of Telangana – Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam, etc

Where to stay:
– Nizamabad provides excellent accommodation facilities for all visitors. Below are some of the well known hotels which provide comfortable and affordable accomodations:
1) Haritha Indur Inn – Contact Number: 08462-224403, 224404
2) Mayuri Hotel – Contact Number: 08462-222925
3) Nikhil Sai International – Contact Number: 08462 236634
4) Vamshee International – Contact Number: 08462 234848

Nearby by Tourist Attractions:
– Kanteshwar temple
– Gnana Saraswati Temple
– Ali Sagar Dam
– Sriram Sagar Dam

Nearest Railway Station:
The nearest railway station is at Nizamabad which is on the Kachiguda –Secunderabad-Nanded railway line.

Useful Contact Numbers:
– Nizamabad District Informatics Officer 08462-224362
– State Tourism Department: 040-23450444

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