Draksharamam Bheemeswara Swamy
Draksharamam is one of the Pancharamas and one of the 18 Shaktipeethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bheemeswara swamy and Manikyamba mata are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kasi. When a piece of Shiva linga fell here during Tarakasura vadha, first it was worshipped by Lord Sun. Famous Telugu poet, Vemulavada Bheema kavi, is said to have got boons from this temple.
The temple is in East Godavari district of AP. It is 10th Century temple.The place is about 60kms from Rajamandry and 32kms from Kakinada. This is the place were Daksha prajapathy did his Daksha yagnam and hence the name Draksharamam. The temple arectiture is blend of both chalukya and chola.
Main deity: Swayambu spatika Sivalinga of 16’height and the main sanctum is of 2 floors.The Siva lingam is known as Bheemeswarar and it is also known as Bogalingam. Here the installation of Bheemeswarar was done by Dakshaprajapathi, and hence the name Draksharamam for the town.
Goddess is Manikamba is one of the “Sakthi peetam”, here she is ichha sakthi and gyana sakthi as well. Here sati Devi’s navel part fell, and this is one of the sakthi peetam. She resting on “Srichakra” here. We can have the darshan of srichakram also. She is having Athma lingam in her hand. Any pooja for Lord Shiva is done from the first floor only. Before we enter into main sanctum we enter into two prakaram which are dark. On the walls of the prakaram we see too many small projections of small stones which they say when the temple was constructed originally there were diamonds kept in those places and the prakaram was well lighted by glitter of diamond stones. When they started robbing the diamond they turned into stones.
Purana says the temple was originally constructed by demons. We find a pillar in the same prakaram which is supposed to be the foundation pillar of the temple and it is close to the wall and we are supposed to pass through the gap and it is known as “Moksha Dwaram”. To the corner of the prakaram there is a small place from where we can have “Sikara Darshanam”
As we reach we can have the darshan of Bheemeswarar to all four sides.
The other deities in the temple are Ganapathy and Nrithya ganapathy near the entrance of the temple. As we enter inside there is a Dwajasthambam and in the prakaram we see Lakshmi Narayanar who is kshetra palakar. Virupakshar, Saptha madhar, Subramanyar, small stone miniature of the temple, unjal mandapam, Navagraham, Ashta dik balakar, Sikha Anjaneyar, Kailasa ganapathy, 108 Siva lingam on a square stone in a line, and bhima sabha.
Annadhanam is provided in the temple and a big hall with locker and a rooms are also available there.
How to reach Draksharama:
Draksharama is situated just 6 Kms away from Ramachandra Puram in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Only bus facility is available to reach.
Nearest Railway stations are Kakinada,Rajahmundry. Samalkot (junction) is one more nearest railway station where people can plan to get down in case they want to visit other places in this area. Few trains give stop at Annavaram also. Get proper information about the stoppage of trains in these stations as all the trains will not stop.
Excellent bus facility is available from Kakinada and Ramachandrapuram.
People travelling by train from any part of the country, get down at Samalkot. If they get train upto Kakinada, get down at Kakinada. Pilgrims can reachKakinada by bus also. The distance between Samalkot and Kakinada is only 12Kms. From Kakinada, Draksharama is 28 Kms on the way to Kotipalli. There are frequent buses available to Kotipalli.