Sahasrakshi Meru Temple also called as Devipuram Temple is situated near Visakhapatnam city of Andhra Pradesh, dedicated to Goddess Sahasrakshi, one of the form of Goddess Parvati. The temple is one of the very popular and ancient pilgrimage which rises with the height of 54 feet and 108 feet square at its base. The temple is primarily belongs to the Shakta school of Hinduism and it also acts as a hub for spiritual and rural empowerment workshops. The founder of Devipuram temple is Dr. N. Prahalada Sastry, a former university professor and nuclear physicist.
Prahalada Sastry is also called as Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati and very specifically called as spiritual guru. Prahalada Sastry had a successful 23-year career with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai to begin start the work on Devipuram temple in 1983 and started the construction of the temple in the year 1985. The consecration of the temple was in the year 1994 and he describes that his establishment of the temple was specifically based on the vision of Goddess Sahasrakshi. There are two other temples situated on hills just adjacent to the Sahasrakshi Meru Temple. One is the Kamakhya Peetham and the other one is Sivalayam.
The presiding deity of Devipuram temple is Goddess Sahasrakshi, one of the form of Goddess Parvati, who has thousand eyes. And the consort of Goddess Sahasrakshi is Lord Kameshwara, one of the form of Lord Shiva. Sahasrakshi Meru Temple is built in the shape of Sri Chakra, which centralizes the ancient form of Tantric Shakta worship. The devotees need to walk all the way round inward and upward to reach the sanctum sanctorum and need to pass more than 100 life sized murthis (images of divine spirit) of various forms of Goddess Shakti, who are all in the Srividya (knowledge) cosmology and believed to be energize the Sri Chakra.
Sahasrakshi Meru Temple has a special practice that the temple allows the devotees to perform rituals to the deity regardless to their caste or gender. The exact locations of murtis of the temple are mapped in a special pooja known as Navavarana Puja, the Worship of the Nine Enclosures, and it was compressed into a mantric composition called as Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram, the hymns sang to the goddess Sahasrakshi’s Garland of Swords.
The temple remains open from morning 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM and in the evening from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
- Navarathiri – September/October
- Dassara festival (Vijayadashami) – October
Buses are available from all places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to reach Sahasrakshi Meru Temple in Devipuram.
Nearest railway station to Devipuram Temple is Simhachalam North Railway Station, which is about 25 km from the temple.
Nearest airport to Devipuram Temple is Visakhapatnam Airport, which is about 22 km to the temple.
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