Draksharamam is one of the Pancharamas and one of the 18 Shaktipeethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bheemeswara swamy and Manikyamba mata are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kasi. When a piece of Shiva linga fell here during Tarakasura vadha, first it was worshipped by Lord Sun. Famous Telugu poet, Vemulavada Bheema kavi, is said to have got boons from this temple.
How to reach Draksharamam : Draksharamam is in East Godavari district, near Ramachandrapuram. Draksharamam and Ramachandrapuram are joined towns. There are so many direct buses from Kakinada, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada. In Karthika masam APSRTC maintains speacial Pancharamas tour buses to cover them all in a single day.
There is no Railway station in Draksharamam or Ramachandrapuram. Nearest Railwaystation is at Samalakot. Nearest Airports are located either at Rajamandry or Vijayawada. See Draksharamam map
Places to see in Draksharamam :
Sapta Godavari theertham : Immediately after getting down the bus we will see a holy pond near temple. This is called Sapta Godavari theertham. We can take a holy dip in this pond.
Bheemeswar swamy temple : This is a very big temple and looks like a fort. Around the temple there is a great wall. This temple is under the control of Archeological department. After entering into temple campus we will see a green lan. This is very big campus. After crossing this green lan we will enter into the temple main campus. In the center of this there is a two stair temple. In that temple we will see Lord Bheemeswar swamy as a tall Shiva linga. We can see the god from both the stairs.
Manikyamba mata temple: Manikyamba mata temple is present in backside left corner. Goddess face is looking towards left, signifying her as Vamachara devatha. Manikyamaba mata is believed to be born in the house of prostitutes. With her incomparable devotion towards Lord Shiva she got married with him.
Lord Vishnu temple : Lord Vishnu temple is present in the entrance of main campus. He is the Kshetrapalaka of Draksharamam. Lord Vishnu is present here along with his consort, Lakshmi devi. Many other temples are also present in the campus.
The temple will be closed after 6.00 PM. So that we have to plan to visit this temple only in day time.