Manikyamba devi

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Manikyamba devi

Postby Siva on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:05 am

Manikyamba devi is one of the Ashtadasa(18) Shaktipeethas. She is present in Draksharamam.
Sati devi left cheek Fallen here.

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Manikyamba devi Dhyanarupa.

Drakshavati Sthitashaktih vikhyata Manikyambika /
varada shubhadadevi bhaktamoksha pradayini //


Location of Manikyamba Shaktipeeth:
Draksharamam is at 50 km distance from Rajahmundry. It is well connected by Road route. APSRTC maintaining many buses from various Depos from Kakinada(30 km), Vijayawada(200 km), Vishakapatnam(190 km) etc.
Nearest Railway station is Samarlakota and Kakinada which are at about 50 km and 30 km distance respectively.
Nearest Airports are at Rajahmundry, Vijayawada which are at about 50 km and 200 km distance respectively.
See Draksharamam map

Manikyamba temple:
Manikyamba devi is the wife of Lord Bhimeswara swamy. Lord Bhimeswara swamy temple is one of the Pancharama kshetras and is considered as one of the Trilinga kshteras. Here there is a big temple of Lord Bhimeswara swamy in many Prakaras. 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.

Sthala Purana:
There are three stories related to Manikyamba devi. First one is, A Brahmin widow made a golden idol to remember her ─Ćied 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 vesyas.
On every Ekadasi day Lord Bhimeswaraswamy and Manikyamba devi ekanta seva will be performed. Eight slokas will be sung by priests regarding Manikyamba devi and Bhimeswaraswamy and their romantic love story.Fridays also important days to worship Manikyamba devi. Kumkumarchana will be done in Fridays.

A 14th century poet Srinatha mentioned Manikyamaba devi as one of 18 Shaktipeethas in his work Bhimakhandam.
pRithivi padunenimidi yOgapIThashakti
gaNamulO neNcha sarvashRingAra yaguchu
bhImanAthuni sannithi prEma velayu
mANikAdEvi sakala kalyANa mUrti


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