Draksharamam – Manikyamba Temple – Shaktipeetham

Manikyamba (Goddess Parvathi) Temple is 12th Shaktipeetham of the Astadasa (18) Sakthi Peethas in India.

Her consort is Lord Sri Bhimeswara Swami (Lord Shiva)

manikyamba-shaktipeetham-bhemeswarasamy-lord-shivaLocation: Ramachandra Puram, East Godavari.

Draksharama Bheemeswara swamy is one of the 5 Pancharama kshetras, others being Amararama (Amaravathi), Somarama (Bhimavaram), Ksheerarama (Palakol), Kumararama (Samalkota)

manikyamba templeThe popular belief is that the spot where left cheek of Goddess Sati (Parvathi) fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Manikyamba Devi appeared.

FACTS:

  • This place is also called as Dakshina Kashi.
  • Inscriptions date back to Chalukya King Bhima during 9th- 10th Century A.D. Later this region was ruled by Chola and Kalinga rules.
  • The temple is noted not only for its architectural beauty and historical importance, but also for its sanctity and holiness and attracts pilgrims in thousands every year.

How to reach:

Draksharamam is well connected by Road, Train and air.

  • 30 Km from Kakinada Railway station
  • 50 km from Rajahmundry
  • The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam which is 185 km away.

Daily Dharma Darshan:-

6.00AM to 7.00AM and night 7.00PM to 8.00PM
Wednesdays: 6.00AM to 11.30AM and 3.00PM to 8.00PM
Rest of the days: 6.00AM to 12 noon and 3.00PM to 8.00PM

Poojas Arjitha sevas

Kumkmarchana and Abhishekam performed.

Festivals & Events:
Mahashivratri, Devi Navaratrulu (Navaratri), Kartika Masam, Dhanur Masam are the main festivals celebrated at this temple.

Places of interest around:

  • Samalkot (Pancharama, Kumararama Bheemeshwara temple),
  • Annavaram,
  • Thalupulamma Thalli

Legend

As per legends, Prajapati Daksha’s daughters had married the devas, but the youngest daughter, Sati had chosen to marry Lord Siva against her father’s wish. Daksha was not keeping good relation with his son-in-law Lord Siva. Daksha to insult Lord Siva decided to perform big Yagna, for which he invited all the gods and goddesses, except Lord Shiva, to partake their offerings.

When Sati on knowing this Yagna, decided to visit her maternal house, though she was not invited. Sati who was offended by the scoldings of her father immolated herself in the fire of Yogagni generated by her. Angered by this, Siva ordered Veerabhadra to destroy Daksha Yagna. Veerabhadra along with Kali and other Siva Ganas destroyed to Yajna and killed Daksha. Goddess here called by Manikyamba.

Lord Siva after collecting Sati’s body, danced the dance of destruction ‘Pralaya Thandavam’. To stop this destruction, Vishnu sent his disc (Sudarshana Chakra) to break the corpse of Sati body into pieces. The disc broke the corpse into 18 pieces, which fell across the Indian subcontinent. These 18 places were called by Sakthi Peethas. Draksharamam is the place where Left cheek from Sati’s body fallen here.

It is believed to be the place where Daksha performed the Yajna and Sati immolated herself in Yogagni.

Draksharamam is a Shavite shrine. It is belived that sage Vyasa who performed penance here named this as Dakshina Kasi (Southern Benaras). Legend has it that the Saptamaharshis (Seven sages) to achieve the end of their penance divided the akhanda (unbranched) Godavari river into seven different streams at Draksharama. Bharadhwaja, Viswamitra and Jamadagni streams known as Antarvahinies, were believed to have gone under ground. There is Sapta Godavari Kundam (Seven river pond) near the temple. Devotees bath in this kundam. Sivarathri attracts huge crowds of pilgrims.

Sthala Puranam:-

There are three stories related to Manikyamba devi. First one is, A Brahmin widow made a golden idol to remember her died daughter. But after some time, the idol got talking power. This idol was decorated with Manikyas(gems), hence the name Manikyamba or Manikyeswari. Bhimadeva, a new king came to this area taken that idol and worshiped her as his Kula devata. Some stories also tells us that Manikyamba name comes from a word Mainakamba, That means she was the daughter of Menaka devi, wife of Himavanta. Gradually the word Manikamba turned as Manikyamba in time period.

On every Ekadasi day Lord Bhimeswaraswamy and Manikyamba devi ekanta seva will be performed. Eight slokas will be sung by priests regarding Manikyamba devi and Bhimeswaraswamy and their romantic love story.Fridays also important days to worship Manikyamba devi. Kumkumarchana will be done in Fridays.

This Holy Pilgrimage is one of the rare few, where the God and Goddess are equally important. One is Varanasi in Northern India with Viswanatha and Annapurna. Second is Srisailam in Southern India with Sri Mallikharjuna and Bramaramba and third is Draksharama with Bhimanatha and Manikyamba.

There are many mythological anecdotes scattered in many of the Sacred puranas about the ‘Swayambhu’ aspect of the Lord’s existence here.

Once upon a time, demon Tarakasura had his tapas and booned by Lord Shiva with his AtmaLinga. With this proud, Tarakasura had committed many sins against devas. Due to this all devas went to make Goddess Pravathi marriage with Lord Shiva in order to kill Tarakasura by giving birth to Lord Shanmukha. Shanmukha went for a battle against Tarakasura. On Lord Shiva’s suggestion, Shanmukha destroyed atmalinga in Tarakasura’s neck and killed him.

The pieces of atmalinga had fallen at 5 holy places in Andhra Pradesh which are popular known as Pancharamams. One is Amareshwara installed by Lord Indra in Amaravathi, the second is Someswara installed by Lord Chandra in Bheemavaram, the third is Ksheera Ramalingeswara installed by Lord Rama in Palakollu, the fourth is Kumara Rama Bheemeswara installed by Shanmukha in samrlakota and the fifth one is Bheemeswara who had shown himself in Drakshramam. In order to purify the piece fallen in Drakshramam, the sages requested River Godavari but Godavari had responded late which made Lord Shiva to emerge himself in Draksharamam. River Godavari came here with the request of Saptarshi hence called SapthaGodavari which is located on east to the temple as Pushkarini.

Visit Manikyamba and Lord Shiva and be blessed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *