Goddess Manikyamba devi

Temple History

Shri Manikyamba Devi temple at Draksharamam in Andhra Pradesh is one from the Ashtadasa Shakthi Peetha temples. It is believed that the Left cheek of Devi Sati has fallen here when Lord Vishnu has cut her corpse with his Sudarshan Chakra. It is also one among the five powerful temples of Lord Shiva, well known as Pancharama temples. Here Lord shiva is in the name of Bhimeswara Swamy and her consort is Devi Manikyamba. Temple is situated on eastern Bank of the great river Godavari. This famous temple is 30 kms from Kakinada city.

Manikyamaba devi temple present in inner circle (prakara) of Lord Bhimeswara swamy temple. It is present in North East Corner of the campus. There is a Srichakra below Manikyamaba mata idol. Manikyamaba Devi will see left side, suggesting us she was worshiped previously in Vama marga (Left route). Sun god and Saptarshis worshiped Lord Bhimeswara swamy and Manikyamba devi here.

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.

There is another important story regarding Manikyamaba devi. Manikyamba devi is a daughter of a prostitute. One day she saw Lord
Bhimeswara in her dream, and decided that she will marry Lord Bhimeswara only. She showed great devotion towards Lord Shiva, and finally got Lord Bhimeswara swamy as her husband. A great Poet Srinatha, belonging to 14th century also mentioned this story in his great work, Bhimakhanadam. From there onwards Manikyamba devi was worshiped as Mother goddess. Manikyamba devi also considered as Kula devata of veshyas.

Neighbouring the Draksharamam Temple we can still see today the Daksha Prajapati’s Homa Kunda where Sati Devi left her body. Now the homa kunda retains water and has become a small tank. An effigy of the Goddess Sati has been enshrined in the center and small temple exists adjacent to the homa kunda.

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.


Additional Information

Devastanam is maintaining choultrys at nominal price for the pilgrim’s accommodation. Another best option is to stay at any of the places like Kakinada or Rajahmundry as you can find pretty good accommodation here.

Every year in the month of September/October (Dasara festival), Navarathri is celebrated grandly.
Devi Navaratrulu, Maha Sivaratri, Karthika Masam, Dhanurmasam, Birthday Celebration of Sri Bhimeswara Swamy varu, Subrahmanya Shasti and Kalyanam etc., are the important festivals of this Temple.

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.

Kakinada (30Km) and Rajahmundry (43Km) are the nearest cities to this shakthi peeth temple.

Draksharamam bus stop is just 500 mts from the temple. Buses, taxis and private transport is available from Kakinada (30 Km), Rajahmundry (44 km) and Ramachandrapuram (6 Km) cities.

Draksharamam Railway station is (1.9 Km). The nearest railway stations are Kakinada and Rajahmundry.

Rajahmundry Airport (RJA) is 52.8 kms from the temple.
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