Manikyamba Devi Temple is situated a town in East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh in South India.The Lord Siva is known as Bhimesvara Swamy. The temple is located on the eastern bank of Godavari River. The consort of Lord Bhimesvara is Manikyamba Devi.
According to local belief the Siva lingam at the temple was installed and established by the god Surya Bhagavn. Maha Sivaratri, Devi Navaratrulu, Karthika Masam, and Dhanurmasam are the main festivals celebrated in this temple.
When Sati, the wife of Shiva, sacrificed herself at the Yaga performed by her father Daksha, a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. He was dancing the dance of destruction. And the gods said, "Oh, we are doomed! Shiva is dancing the dance of destruction.
Vishnu took his bow and cut the body of Sati into fifty-one pieces with his arrows. And wherever a piece of the Divine Mothers body fell on earth, that place became a Shakti Peetha.
According to the Hindu mythology, it is whispered that Devi Sati's "Left Arm fell here. The main idols of this legendary divine place are Devi as "Bahula (lavish) and Lord Shiva as "Bhiruk (sarvasiddhidayak), worshipped here. The holy place is dedicated to Maa Durga and Lord Shiva.here Sati Left Cheek is felled.
This temple is one of the "Pancharamas". This is an ancient and holy pagoda. This is one of the reputed piligrim centers in Andhra Pradesh. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit the temple and worship the Lord to receive blessings.
Draksharamam Temple or Manikyamba Devi Temple in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh is one of the five famous Pancharama Kshetras of Lord Shiva (also spelled as Siva) in Andhra Pradesh.
Devotees from all corners of the country come to this ancient sacred temple and perform puja to Bheemeswara Swamy and Sri Manikyamba Devi to get rid of their sins.
There are many other small temples present within the main temple premises including lord Vamana, Sankaranarayana, Ganapathi, Goddess Annapurna and Kanakadurga, Lakshmi Narayana, Lord Viroopa, Navagrahas.
Draksharamam Temple Timings:
Wednesday : 6.00 am. to 11.30 am. and 3.00 pm. to 8.00 pm
Rest of the Days : 6.00 am. To 12.00 pm. and 3.00 pm. to 8.00 pm