Draksharamam Temple Darsanam Timings: 5:00 am to 12:00 Noon and 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
On Masa Shivaratri Maha Shivaratri temple will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Manikyamba Devi is the consort of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy temple is considered as one of the Pancharama kshetras and is one of the Trilinga kshetras. Here there is a big temple of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy, constructed in many Prakaras and the Manikyamaba Devi temple is situated in the inner circle of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy temple.
The history of this sacred pilgrimage place began in previous yugas, which was associated with the story of Lord Siva and the Divine Mother Satī Devi. The Divine Mother, Sakti, used to take birth as a human being to reunite with and marry Lord Siva. Such was the case when Sati Devi took birth as the daughter of a powerful ruler, Daksha Prajapati.
Though Daksha hated Shiva, Sati Devi married Shiva against her father’s wishes. After their marriage, Daksha travelled from North India to Draksharamam to perform a large Yagna, known as Daksha Yagnam. Daksha invited the entire gods and goddesses except Shiva and Sati Devi. Even though they were not invited, Sati Devi attended the Yagna because she wanted to convince her father that Shiva was a form of Supreme Being. But Daksha did not listen to her daughter’s words and he started insulting her and Lord Shiva. Unable to tolerate the humiliation, Sati Devi killed herself. Carrying the corpse of his beloved wife, the angry Shiva performed Pralaya Thandava. Lord Vishnu applied his disc on the corpse and the parts of the body of Sati Devi fell in 18 locations, and those locations became known as Sakthi Peethas. Draksaramam is one of those 18 Sakthi Peethas. It is interesting to note that the earlier name of Draksharamam was Daksharamam.
Sri Manikyamba Devī at Draksharamam is one of the 18 Sakthi PIthas. The portion of Sati Devi that exists in the Daksaramam temple was believed to be installed by Lord Siva. About 1200 years ago Adi Sankaracarya visited this temple and installed a powerful Sri Chakra in the shrine of the Goddess.
Near the Draksharamam Temple, we can still see the Homa Kunda of Daksha Prajapati, where Satī Devī left her body. Now the homa kunda has become a small tank. An idol of the Goddess Sati has been enshrined in the centre and there are some small temples adjacent to the homa kunda.
As per the inscription at Pithapuram, the temple of Kumaram Chalukya Bhimesvara was built by Chalukya Bhima-I , the famous Eastern Chalukya king towards the end of 9th century AD. The presiding deity Lord Siva, in the form of tall Sivalinga, was named after the monarch as Chalukya Bhimesvara. The inscription mentions that Chalukya Bhima was the son of Vikramaditya, who had won 360 battles and ruled the country for thirty years. The temple is in similar in architecture to that of the Bhimesvara temple at Samalkot. Two prakara walls, built of dressed sandstones, surround the temple. The outer prakara wall has gopura entrance on all the four sides. The four gopura – entrances have ardha mandapas on either side. The inner enclosure wall is partitioned horizontally into two sections, which are separated by a cornice and has a two-storeyed pillared mandapa running throughout the inner side.
Dakshaprajapati, father of Goddess Parvathi arranged for a yagna and did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati. But, Goddess Sati went ther against Siva’s desire and got humiliated by her father and sacrificed her life in the same fire. Angry Shiva created Lord Veerabhadra out of his hair to destroy the yagna. After the demolition, Lord Shiva had done rudrataandavam carrying Sati’s corpse in anger. Lord Vishnu had used his disc to cut Sati Devi’s dead body into 18 pieces to calm Lord Shiva. The places where the parts of Sati Devi fell were called Shakthi Peetas, the holy places of Goddess. One among them is at Draksharamam and the goddess here is named as Manikyamba.
Another legend says that demon Tarakasura after doing severe penance was booned by Lord Shiva with his AtmaLinga. Further, Tarakasura committed many sins against devas. Devas carried out Goddess Parvathi’s marriage with Lord Shiva and Lord Shanmukha was born. Shanmukha in a battle against Tarakasura destroyed the Atmalinga in Tarakasura’s neck and killed him. The pieces of Atmalinga fell at 5 holy places in Andhra Pradesh which were popularly known as ‘Pancharamams’. The first one is Amareshwara in Amaravathi, installed by Lord Indra; the second one is Someswara in Bheemavaram installed by Lord Chandra; the third is Ksheera Ramalingeswara in Palakollu installed by Lord Rama; the fourth is Kumara Rama Bheemeswara in samrlakota installed by Shanmukha and the fifth one is Bheemeswara who had shown himself in Drakshramam.
The sages requested River Godavari to sanctify the piece fallen in Drakshramam, but Godavari had responded late and hence Lord Shiva emerged himself in Draksharamam. River Godavari came here with the request of Saptarshi and hence it is also called SapthaGodavari, which is on the east to the temple as Pushkarini. Once Lord Shiva tested Sage Vyasa by which he could not get any food by donation in Kasi. Feeling hungry, Sage Vyasa lost his patience and cursed Kasi, but Goddess Annapurna gave him food and Lord Shiva asked him to leave kasi. The goddess suggested him to go to Drakshramam, which is equivalent to Kasi. Vyasa considered it as Dakshina Kasi and worshipped Lord Shiva, and it also named as Vyasa Kasi. Lord Shiva taught a lesson to Vyasa that Kasi is meant for the liberation of the soul but not for a luxury living, whereas Draksharamam is meant for both, as stated in Bheema khanda.
Daily Poojas Sevas:
1) Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam : Rs.200
2) Laghunyasam : Rs.30
3) Astottara Kumkumarchana : Rs.30.00
4) Mahanyasapurvaka Abhishekam : Rs.50.00
5) Sahasra Kumkumarchana : Rs.50
Weekly Poojas Sevas:
1) Every Saturday Abhishekam : Rs.15
2) Every Monday Kumkuma Pooja : Rs.15.00
Monthly Poojas Sevas:
1) Every Month Masa Sivarathri Abhishekam : Rs.15.00
2) Every Month Masa Sivarathri Kumkumarchana : Rs.15.00
Special Poojas Sevas:
1) Saswatha Pooja:
If a devotee donates Rs.5000, Abhishekam, Kumkuma Abhishekam will be performed on a selected day by the donor for 10 years and prasadam will be send by post.
2) Saswatha Kalyanam:
If a devotee donates Rs.10000, Kalyanam will be performed on a selected day by the donor for 10 years with his gotram and prasadam will be send by post.
3) Samuhika Nitya Pooja:
If a devotee donates Rs.1000, Abhishekam, Kumkuma pooja will be performed to the lord with his gothram for one year and prasadam will be send by post.
Poojas and Ticket Price Details:
Laksha Patri Puja : Rs.350
Laksha Kumkumarchana : Rs.300
Laksha Vattula Nomu : Rs.300
Surya Namaskaramulu : Rs.100
Ekadasa Rudramu : Rs.100
Mahanyasa Purvaka Abhishekamu : Rs.30
Sahasra Kumkumarchana : Rs.30
Laghu Vyasa Poorvaka Eka Vaara Abhishekam : Rs.20
Ashtotthara Kumkumarchana : Rs.20
Every Monday Masa Shivaratri Abhishekam : Rs.10
Every Monday Masa Shivaratri Kumkuma Puja : Rs.10
Every Monday Abhishekam : Rs.10
Every Friday Puja : Rs.10
Nomulu / Aksharabhyasam / Annaprasana : Rs.100
Special Darshan Ticket (On Festivals) : Rs.5
Keshakhandana : Rs.5
Upanayanamu : Rs.100
Monthly Abhishekam Ticket : Rs.300
Monthly Kumkuma Archana Ticket : Rs.300
Abhishekam at the time of Dasara Festival(For 10 days) : Rs.100
Kumkumarchana at the time of Dasara Festival(For 10 days) : Rs.100
Rudra Homam : Rs.100
Japam/Tarpanam / Nava Varaarchana : Rs.100
Nitya Kalyanam : Rs.500
Sthala Puranam : Rs.3
Sri Swamy vari Archana : Rs.5
Abhishekam / Kumkumarchana through Money Order : Rs.100
Ubhayam at the time of Dasara : Rs.500
Nitya Samuhika Abhishekam, Kumkumarchana(For One Year) : Rs.730
Important Festivals Celebrated:
1) Vinayaka Chavithi
3) Karthika Masam
4) Varalakshmi Vratham
5) Subramanya Swamy Shasti
6) Swami Kalyanam and Birthday
7) Shiva Ratri
Draksharamam Temple Address:
Sri Manikyamba Sametha Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple,
East Godavari District,
Andhra Pradesh – 533262