Ammapalli Sita Ramachandraswamy Devasthanam is situated in Ammapalli Village near Shamshabad, Rangaredddy District, in the state of Telangana. This is a Ram temple but there is no lord Hanuman inside the shrine instead there is a Hanuman at the base of the flag post looking forward to the temple. Well, it is said that Hanuman is looking towards Lord Rama and waiting for instructions from him to fulfill the wishes of the devotees.
It is the place where most of the Tollywood movies are filmed for the background, and they believe that if the movies were recorded here they would become hit with the blessings of Sri Sita Rama Swamy. But during the shoot, a part of the temple’s outer structure was damaged during a Telugu film shoot where an exploding car in a fight sequence crashed on the left side of Gali gopuram. And Since then, the temple is out of bounds for film shootings.
There is another Hanuman idol that looks directly outside the bottom of the flag post. And the unique thing is the presence of two flag posts in the temple which seem to be old and another one seems to be added in recent over 100 years. There are 3 idols of Rama, Sita, and Lakshman are made from a single stone and not made from separate rocks.
This ancient Rama temple was built by the Vengi kings in the 13th century but the idol was 1000 years old. The temple is decorated with a large seven-story tower which is most famous among all Telugu movie lovers. There is also a large statue of Lord Vishnu which is a sleeping posture above the entrance of the tower. Reportedly, there are no inscriptions of this temple but legends have it, ancient people have that it was built during the time of Kalyani Chalukyas. Additionally, there is an ancient large temple pond that is surrounded by doorways, and once it was a place that provided shelter to the pilgrims. However, even the surroundings of the pond are fully filled with coconut trees.
As this is a lord Ram temple, so the festival of Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in a great way every year in this temple. Let’s dig more into the temple, The Gali gopuram is a magnificent work of art that rises some 80 feet into the air. The priests say they were built in the 17th century while the inner sanctum sanctorum is the earliest structure.
It is the holy place with the three idols of Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana that tell the story of the temple. As this is carved out of a single stone and the lords Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana have makarathorana which means the arch above the idol that is carved out of a single piece of rock. The unique thing about Rama’s idol is that the makarathorana has small idols which are the substitute for Dasavataram. The gopuram over the idols is a small statue with good detailing of the temple’s symbolic representation.
Here most villages have the Rama temples with Hanuman kneeling in front of Lord Rama for prayer, the Ammapalli temple has an idol of Kodandarama where lord Rama has an arrow in his right hand and holds a bow in the left. Moreover, there are very few Kodandarama temples as they are built only in places where Lord Rama traveled or stayed during his 14 years of exile period. That is also the reason the temple doesn’t have Hanuman sitting near the three because he didn’t join them till the end of exile.
However, the temple is spread over nine acres, and the temple and its structures mark it long back in time. It has a step well that spreads over an acre of land and has a passageway all around it. Unfortunately, there is a well also but now it is dry as a rock. Earlier the well used to be full of water throughout the year. But now due to a lot of construction activity, the natural pathways of water have been slowed or disturbed and because of that well started to dry up.
Now the question is, How to reach Shri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple Ammapalli Village where the temple is? It is about five kilometers from the RGIA airport is the ancient Ammapalli Sita Ramachandraswamy Devasthanam. If you take ORR, take Shamshabad / Airport exit, drive towards Shamshabad town and go towards Bus Stop junction. The temple is situated on the left side close to the main road. If you are coming from Banjara Hills side then come from the PV Narasimha Rao Expressway.
If you are coming by train then the nearest station is Nampally Railway Station which is 30 Km from Hyderabad.
The temple visiting timings are Timings: 6 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 7 PM.
Also Visit: Kurumurthy Temple – Kurupathu hills