In the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, stands one of the Pancharama Kshetras, the Bhimeshwar Swamy temple dedicated to the divinity of Lord Shiva. This is one of the few temples where the Lord and the Goddess have equal importance. The Manikyamba Devi shrine is considered one of the Ashta Shakthipeetha, where the left cheek of Sati devi fell. It is believed that Sun God installed the Shivalingam here. It is also believed that Sage Vyasa worshipped the Lord here. The temple was built by the Chalukyan King of Vengi - Bhima, during 9th -10th centuries. The temple has many inscriptions through various eras of Cholas, Chalukyas and Kalinga rulers.
The legend regarding the origin of temple describes the war between Lord Kumara Swamy and Tarakasura. As per the legend, Kumaraswamy broke the Lingam worn by Tarakasur as instructed by Lord Vishnu as he could not defeat the demon who had the Lingam on him. One of the places where the fragmented Lingam fell is the Sri Bheemeshwra Temple. It is hence known as one of the Pancharama khsetras of Lord Shiva. &nb...View more
p; The temple is also regarded as a Shaktipeetha where the left cheek of Sati devi fell when the Sudarshana Chakra cut her burnt body into pieces. It is believed that Draksharama is the site of Daksha's yagna where Sati immolated herself.The temple is a part of the Pancharama Kshetra darshan yatra and one of the Ashta Shakthipeetha. This temple is part of famous Pancharama Kshetra Darshan Yatra and Shaktipeethas.
The stone-built temple is constructed in Chalukya and Chola style of architecture. The temple has a two storied mandapa and two parkaras, one inside of the other. The Garbhagriha is the epitome of architectural excellence of the earlier eras. The temple has inscription of various dynasties that ruled through the history. The walls and pillars are adorned with sculptures. There are four entrances with each having carved tiered gopurams and fort-li...View more
e outer wall. The Shiva lingam is nearly 9 feet tall and the darshan of the Lingam is spread over two floors. Manikyamaba Devi Temple present in inner prakara of Lord Bhimeswara swamy temple. There are various smaller shrines for other deities.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire
Draksharamam is considered Dakshina Kashi and is one of the sacred pilgrimage centres of the area.
By rail - Kakinada is the nearest major station and most trains in the Chennai-Howrah route stop here. The temples is about 18kms from Kakinada.
By road - Buses are available from Kakinada, Vishakapattanam, Rajamundry etc to the temple.
The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deities.
flowers, clothes, kumkumam
|March - Shivratri|
|October - Navrathri|
|November - Karthika deepam|