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Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy Temple in Andhra Pradesh, India. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy and Goddess Manikyamba. It is in Draksharamam, East Godavari District. The preceding deity is inside the form of a “Linga”, 2.6 meters tall of 1 large Crystal (referred to as the “Spatika Linga”).Every other popular name of the temple is Dakshina Kasi Kshetram. The literal translation of Draksharamam is ‘dwelling house of Daksha Prajapathi’, the father of Sati and the father in law of Lord Shiva. Sati become the spouse of Lord Shiva. The Draksharama Temple is one the five effective Temples of Lord Shiva which might be called “Pancharamas” in Andhra Pradesh.

Bhimeswara Swamy temple or Draksharamam is 25 km from Amalapuram and 28 km far from Kakinada at the eastern financial institution of Godavari River. The ‘Skanda Purana’ of Shri Vyasa exhaustively describes the history of this pilgrimage vacation spot. According to mythology, whilst Dasksha determined to perform a Yagna, he made a trip to Kailash Parbat. He did so with an intention to invite the Gods and Goddesses to grace the event and sanctify the ‘Yagna’. However, the Lord changed into in a religious trance and did now not recognise that he had a traveller.

Dasksha mistook this as being indifference on Lord Shiva’s part and lower back without inviting the Lord and Sati. In spite of not getting the invitation, Sati expressed her desire to attend the pooja to the Lord. The Lord warned her that she will not be welcomed in her home however whilst Sati insisted, he permit her move. As anticipated, Sati changed into no longer greeted warmly in her father’s house and absolutely everyone gave her the cold shoulder.Humiliated through this, Sati determined to surrender her existence in preference to returning to her husband with a fallen face. She dropped down dead in her father’s residence. Whilst Shiva learnt approximately this tragedy, he sent his son Veerabhadra to interrupt Daksha’s ego and he himself came down to Daksha’s domestic. Veerabhadra, along with different Siva Ganas, inclusive of Kali, added down Daksha and destroyed the Yajna. Lord Shiva carried Sati’s lifeless frame over his shoulders and danced the ‘Pralaya Thandava’ or the destruction dance.

At this moment, Lord Vishnu descended and in an effort to redeem Lord Shiva’s grief, he cut down Sati’s frame into 18 portions along with his ‘chakra’. The locations in the world in which the 18 portions fell got here to be known as the ‘Ashta Dasa Peethas’ and Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the 12th of them and it is believed that the left cheek of Sati fell right here.The water from the Sapta Godavari Kundam (seven Godavari pond) is very sacred and is used for performing pooja. In keeping with mythology, “Saptamaharishis” or the Seven Sages divided the Godavari River into seven streams in an try to stop their penance. Of those seven streams, Draksharamam, Bharadhwaja, Viswamitra and Jamadagni streams called the “Antarvahinis” and are believed to have gone underground. Later, those streams merged into a pond that’s now known as Sapta Godavari Kundam.

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How to reach

  • By Road: Draksharamam is nearby from towns like Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Samalkota. It is at a distance of 6kms from Ramchandrapuram and hence can be reached either by bus or car. There are government-run bus facilities available from Kakinada and Ramchandrapuram.
  • By Train: The nearest railway stations are at Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Samalkota from where you can either take a bus or drive in a taxi.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is at Rajahmundry.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Rajahmundry
  • Nearest railway station is Kakinada
  • Nearest bus stations are Kakinada and Rajahmundry
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