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Arulmigu Manikyamba Sameda Bhimeeswarar Temple, Drakshaarama



Ambal   Manikyamba
Place   Draskharam
Circle   Kakinada
District   East Godavari
State   Andhra Pradesh


This temple is located near Kakinada in East Godavari Dist. It is at distance of 185 km from Vijayawada and at a distance of 17 km from Kakinada. One can easily reach Draskharam by bus from Kakinada and Rajahmundry. Draksharama constitues one of the five Arama kshetras of Andhra Pradesh, sacred to Shiva, the other four being Kumararama, Ksheerarama and Bheemarama and Amararama.Choultries are available at Drakshramam. Budget hotels in Kakinada and Rajahmundry.


It is believed that  this Sivalinga was owned by the Asura King Tarakasura. No one could win over him due to the power of this Sivalinga. With the request from Devas ,finally Lord Kumaraswamy broke the Sivalinga into five pieces and killed Tarakasura. The five pieces of Sivalinga were taken to five different places on earth by Indra, Surya, Chandra, Lord Vishnu and Lord Kumaraswamy. This Linga is one of the five piece brought and installed by Surya. According to local legend, the temple was built by angels in one night. The construction of the perimeter wall could not be completed before sunrise and still stands incomplete. Several attempts have been made to construct the uncompleted part of the wall but all those efforts have failed with the constructed wall collapsing within a few months. The village is called Dakshina Kasi. The Sivalinga in this temple is said to be one large crystal, which is 2.6 meters high. Other Legend is Shiva is accompanied by Dakshayani, (the daughter of Daksha, so is the name Dakshayani). Manikyamba goddess, said to be one part of Sati Devi, among 18 pieces, that fell here, is a Shakti Peetha. It has one of the world's longest Sivalinga