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Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple Draksharamam, Manikyamba Shaktipeeth | Andhra Pradesh , East Godavari

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.

Legend

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

Architecture

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

Darsan Info

Sri Bhimeshwara temple timings: 6.00 AM to 12.00 PM and from 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
Since this is considered the place where Sati immolated herself, no yagna are conducted in the temple. The temple is a part of the Pancharama Kshetra darshan yatra.

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire

Culture

Draksharamam is considered Dakshina Kashi and is one of the sacred pilgrimage centres of the area.

Language Spoken:Telugu

Location and Contact

Draksharamam (Draksharama), Andhra Pradesh

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.

By air - Vishakapattanam, the nearest airport is around 180kms from the temple. Regular buses are available on this route.

Additional Info

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Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular pujas and rituals to the deities.

Regular Offerings

flowers, clothes, kumkumam

Special rituals

On every Ekadasi day, Ekantha seva of the Lord and Goddess is performed. Special pujas like the Kumkumarchana are done to the Devi deity on Fridays.

famous Festivals

March - Shivratri
October - Navrathri
November - Karthika deepam

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