Dichpally Ramalayam, Khilla Ramalayam at Dichpally town in Nizamabad is one of the famous temples in this district of Telangana. As per the historical sources, this temple dedicated to Lord Sri Rama was built in the 14th century by the Kakatiya kings.
This temple has 105 steps and a pedestrian subway connecting it to Raghunadha Temple in the Nizamabad urban center. It is located 10 KM away from Nizamabad district, Telangana.
Constructed in the 14th century the Dichpally Ramalayam, which is also called the Khilla Ramayanam is one of the oldest and most known temples in Nizamabad. As the temple has a lot of resemblance in its style and structure, it is also called the Indhoor Khajuraho or the Khajuraho of Nizamabad.
Architecture of the Temple
The Dichpally Ramalayam temple is one of the finest examples of the ancient stone architecture. It was built in white and black Basalt stone, and is embellished with idols of goddesses, devils, animals, and also has Khajuraho style erotic structures engraved on each of its pillars, ceilings and door frames. Each year, during the monsoon season, the surrounding area of the temple is filled with water and at this time of the year, the temple assumes the look of an island.
The Ramalayam has 105 steps which the visitors have to walk in order to offer prayers to the deity. For the convenience of old and challenged people, the temple also has a pedestrian subway. The subway is also the common connecting link with the Raghunanda Temple. Each carving on the walls inside and outside of the temple stand as strong reminders of the Kakatiya glory.
The temple got its first idol of the great Lord Rama and his consort Goddess Sita, his brother Lakshmana and his greatest devotee Hanuman in the year 1949. The idol was gifted to the temple by a local devotee Gajawada Chinnaiah Gupta.
Important Festivals at the Temple
Sri Rama Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, Ugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijayadashami (Dasara), Maha Shivaratri, Shravana Masam, Karthika Masam, Dhanurmasam, etc. are the popular festivals celebrated at the temple.
For Srirama Navami Navaratri Utsavams (Ugadi to Srirama Navami), thousands of devotees throng the temple from all across the state of Telangana and from Maharashtra to get the blessings of Lord Sri Ramachandra swamy.