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Draksharamam - Lord Bhimeswara & Manikyamba Temple

Draksharamam is one of the Pancharamas and one of the 18 Shaktipeethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bhimeswara swamy and Manikyamba mata are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kasi.

Daksha Yagnam

Daksha vatika was the name in use earlier for this place. Daksha Prajapathi (father of godess Parvathi) performs a yagna without calling his daughter Parvathi and Shiva.

Draksharamam Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • Lord Bhimeswara swamy temple, Draksharamam is one of the famous Pancharamas
  • Goddess Manikyamba Matha temple here is one of the 18 Shakthipeethas
  • A place mentioned in Puranas where Daksha Yagna happened
  • A unique two storyed prakaras and temple complex with great architecture
  • Four gates have four goddess temples
  • Many shrines in the temple including Brahma, Narayana, Ganapathi, Bhirava etc.
  • An interesting sculptural panel of Sapta Rishi's and Arundhati
  • The Saptha Godavari (seven Godavari rivers) holy water tank

Where is Draksharamam

Draksharamam town located at Ramachandrapuram Mandal in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh state, India - 533262.

How to Reach

  • Distance From: Vijayawada - 195 km, Visakhapatnam - 187km, Rajahmundry - 43km , Kakinada - 33km (west)
  • Nearest Airport: Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam
  • Nearest Bus Station: Draksharamam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Rajahmundry, Kakinada
  • Transport:

    Draksharamam is well connected by buses from Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, Kakinada. Kakinada to Kotipalli Rail car via Draksharamam (from Kakinada railway station every day 9.30 am) is an interesting and unique kind of transport to experience.

Where to Stay

Budget hotels and Devasthanam Choultries available at Draksharamam town. Stay at Rajahmundry for luxury hotels.

Best Season & Time to Visit

Visit during festivals mentioned below. Monsoon is the best season to experience beaty of East Godavari along with temple Darshan.

Festivals / Events

Darshan Timings:

  • Morning: 6.00am to 12.00pm
  • Evening: 3.00pm to 8.00pm

Festivals:

  • The busiest time in the temple is during the Maha Shivarathri festival in the month of February / March
  • During the same time, Sri Swamivari Kalyanam (marriage ceremony) is held on Bhishma Ekadasi
  • Every year in the month of October (Dasara festival), Navarathri is celebrated
  • In November / December, Kartheeka Somavaram (Monday) festivals and Jwalathoranam is celebrated
  • In December, the birth anniversary of the Lord is celebrated as Shasti Festival

What to Eat - Food Specials

Godavari districts are famous for sweets. So you have to pack some sweets on the way back.

  • Don't miss the famous Tapeswaram Kaja sweet
  • Buy Godavari special sweets in Tapeswaram, Mandapeta and Ramachandrapuram towns on the way.

Visiting Places near Daksharamam