Draksharama Temple,also known as Shri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also located at the town of Draksharamam (also called as Dakshina Kasi),East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Draksharama Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras (five temples), dedicated to Lord Shiva in Andhra Pradesh. The Pancharama Kshetras are:
- Amareswara Swamy Temple, Amararama
- Bhimeswara Temple, Draksharamam
- Someswara Temple, Somarama
- Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Ksheerarama
- Sri Kumararama Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Kumararama
The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. And the place where the five pieces fell where the Pancharama Kshetras are built. Another mythology was that Lord Shiva has been descended as Shivalingam on three sacred mountains. The three sacred mountains (Trilinga Kshetras) are:
- Kaleswaram in Telangana
- Srisailam in Rayalaseema
- Bhimeswaram or Draksharamam in Coastal Andhra
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, who is called by the name Lord Bhimeswara Swamy, who is in the form of sacred Shivalingam. The sacred Shivalingam stands at a height of 10 feet in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The Goddess of the temple is Goddess Manikyamba, the consort of Lord Bhimeswara Swamy. The other deities of the temple are Lord Lakshmi Narayana, Lord Sankaranarayana, Lord Ganapati and the idols of Navagrahas.
The temple remains open in the morning from 6.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
- Mahasivaratri – February/March
- Navaratri – September/October
The temple is well connected by road which is located at a distance of 40KM from Rajahmundry, 28km from Kakinada Town and 6km from Ramachandrapuram.
The nearest railway stations to reach Draksharama temple are Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Samarlakota Junction.
The nearest airport to Draksharama temple is Rajahmundry airport.
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