Devipuram is temple complex of Shakthi/Manidweepam located near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Main deity is the goddess Sahasrakshi (goddess Parvati), and her consort is Kameshwara (god Shiva).
- Devipuram is Sahasrakshi Meru Temple,
- A unique three-story structure built in the shape of a Sri Meru Yantra / Sri Chakra yantra.
- Measuring 108 square feet (33 m) at its base and 54 feet (16 m) high,
- Two other shrines, the Kamakhya Peetham and Sivalayam, are located on hills adjacent to the main temple.
The sanctum sanctorum of the Sahasrakshi Meru Temple is reached by circumambulating inward and upward, past more than 100 life-sized murthis of various shaktis or yoginis which are sky-clad, nude or semin-nude.
- Murtis/Idols locations are “mapped” in an elaborate ritual called the Navavarana Puja, Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram forming the basis of the temple’s layout.
- Devotees can perform puja to the Devi themselves, without regard to caste, creed or gender.
Founder and Temple history:
- 2007 – Dr. N. Prahalada Sastry (Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati), founded Devipuram.
- 1985 – Construction of the Sahasrakshi Meru Temple in Devipuram began and completed in 1994. re-consecrated for its twelfth anniversary in February 2007.
- N. Prahalada Sastry (1934-2015) also known as Guruji, is a former university professor and nuclear physicist who left a successful 23-year career with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai to begin work on the Devipuram temple in 1983.
- Guruji reports of divine guidance in his creation of Devipuram
- Guruji had visions of the Devi as a 16-year-old girl. With her blessings, he built the Kamakhya Peetam on the hillock and a Siva temple on the peak and Sahasrakshi Meru Temple.
- High-precision Meru yantras for Srividya upasana), audio/video aids for spiritual aspirants.
- Sastry founded the Sri Vidya Trust, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered at Devipuram.
- Sastry’s vision, Devipuram has ambitious plans to become a “global resource for goddess worship.
- Sri Villa guest house, featuring rooms of many sizes, a large cafeteria, an event hall accommodating 200 plus several smaller halls, and air-conditioned suites for families.
- Sri Chakra is worshipped in Devipuram, a yantra which represents the palace of the goddess Devi. The goddess resides in the central chamber of the palace, but many other gods and goddesses also reside in this yantra.
- Devi is a whole entity, comprising every god and living within every deity. Through their study of the Sri Chakra, devotees learn that they and their peers are, like the gods, all one.
- The Sri Chakra is worshiped through the Naravahana ritual.
- – Kalavahana pooja is being conducted here.
– Kamakhya peetham is modelled after Kamakhya shakti peetham, temple in Assam.
At the entrance Dattatreya murti is found.
at Daksha vatika – 1365 Shiva lingas are installed. center shiva linga is made with 365 spatika lingas and 100 marble shiva lingas are placed around the main shiva linga. Shiva rathri is most auspicious day and people visit this temple to offer prayers, abhishekam.
How to Reach:
Devipuram is 35 km from Visakhapatnam and is reachable by air and by train. Devipuram is about 25 km from the airport , 35 km from Visakhapatnam railway station and 12 km from Anakapalle railway station.
Devipuram is 12km from Pendurthi or Anakapalle and easy to reach.
Devipuram is 1.5km from main road. When taken public transport one has to walk down this 1.5km stretch of road covered on both sides with cashew nut trees. With own transport one can go upto the temple.
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Phone no. + 91 94408 45333; + 91 95532 55583
Open to public all days of the week.
Timings: Morning 7 am to Evening 6.30 pm.