Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama
Draksharamam is located 28 Km from Kakinada,50 Km from Rajahmundry and 25 Km from Amalapuram. Throughout the length and breadth of the Sacred "Mother India", there are many pilgrim centers. From amongst them "Draksharama" is the one in the Southern India on the Eastern Bank of the River Godavari. It is colloquially known as Draksharama carrying the implied meaning as "Draksharama" meaning the Abode of Daksha Prajapathi - the Father-in-law of Lord Siva and the beloved Father of 'Sati' the spiritual spouse of Lord Siva.
The history of the Sacred Pilgrimage is exhaustively dealt within the 'Skanda Purana' of Sri Vyasa. To give a brief narration of the same the story goes thus. Once Daksha Prajapathi decided to perform a Yaga. In pursuance of the same, he had been to Kailasa to invite Gods and Goddesses to sanctify his 'Yazna' and accept his hospitality. But when he had been there, Lord Siva was in his Court immersed in his spiritual splendour. But Daksha Prajapathi out of his ego of being the father-in-law of Lord Siva, mistook the Lord's trance as indifference towards him.
So, being put out at the difference of his Son-in-law he came back without inviting the Lord and the Lady to his sacrifice.
Sati in her womanish nature requested Siva to permit her to attend, the sacrifice at her parental home, even uninvited and have the pleasure of the performance and the association of her kith and kin. But Siva explained her the tragic implications that she might have to face at her parental house and let her to at her own wish. But, when she actually stepped into her parental home, none greeted her or even just asked her a mutual exchange of her well-being. Then Sathi was put out with the humiliation she had to face amidst her own blood and then and there, decided to give up her body instead of facing her beloved husband with a fallen face. So, she gave up her body then and there and fell down dead. Siva having come to know of the tragic end, sent his son 'Veerabhadra' to boot down the ego of Daksha. Siva in his pangs of separation with Sati came down to her dead body and shoultered the corpse over his shoulders and danced in 'Pralaya Thandava'.
At this juncture, the Lord Vishnu, the presenting, force of Universe, sent his 'Chakra' to cut down the body of Sathi and redeem the grief of Lord Siva. The Chakra came and cut the body of Sati into eighteen pieces feel in eighteen parts of this 'Punyabhoomi' of ours and came to be known as 'Ashta Dasa Peethas' and out of these eighteen Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the Twelfth.
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.
There are many mythological anecdotes scattered in many of the Sacred puranas about the 'Swayambhu' aspect of the Lord's existence here.
One of many is for once who is curious to know that Bhimanatha came down from Kailasa and settled here at the request of Parvathi herself who happened to be the daughter of Dakhsa.The historical aspect of the temple goes from the thirteenth century onwards.
This temple is one of the "Pancharamas". This is an ancient and holy pagoda. This is one of the reputed piligrim centers in Andhra Pradesh. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit the temple and worship the Lord to receive blessings.
This temple is a protected Monument. The Archaeological Department has to undertake the renovation works of this temple to create beauty and divine atmosphere. The wealth of inscriptions and epigraphical details that can be glanced from the inscriptions on the walls of this temple are a paradise for the epigraphist and the historian.
This temple is managed by the Executive Officer under the control of the Endowments Departments. Devi Navaratrulu, Karthika Masam, Dhanurmasam, Birthday Celebration of Sri Bhimeswara Swamy varu, Subrahmanya Shasti, Maha Sivaratri and Kalyanam etc., are the important festivals of this Temple.
How to reach Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama?
Drakasharama is located in East Godavari district near Kakinada. Rajahmundry is the nearest airport. Draksharama constitues one of the five Arama kshetras of Andhra Pradesh, sacred to Shiva, the other four being Kumararama, Ksheerarama and Bheemarama and Amararama. Draksharama, Sree Sailam and Kalahasti together constitute the three sacred Shivalingams of Andhra Pradesh, giving it its ancient name Trilinga Desa.
Festivals At Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama
Sarrannavarathri Festival from Asviyuja Suddha Padyami to Dwadasi every year (October).
Kartheeka Monday Festivals and Jwalathoranam in Karteeka masam every year (November).
Sri Swamyvari Birthday on Margasira Suddha Chaturdhasi every year (December).
Shasti Festival in the Month of December every year
Sri Swamyvari Kalyanam on Bhisma Ekadasi Day in Magha Masam Every year (February).
Mahasivarathri Festival in Maghamasam every year (February-March).
Accommodation At Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama
There is one Choultry adjacent to the compound wall of the Temple
Founder family member,
East Godavari District
Phone no: 0884 - 2363535.
Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama Contact Phone Number:
The executive Officer,
Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple,
East Godavari District,
Phone no: 08857- 252488
Sri Bhimeswara Swami Temple, Draksharama pooja details:
Laksha Patri Pooja – Rs. 350.00/-
Laksha Kumkumarchana – Rs. 300.00/-
Laksha Vattula Nomu – Rs. 300.00/-
Surya Namaskaramulu – Rs. 100.00/-
Ekadasa Rudramu - Rs. 100.00/-
Mahanyasa Purvaka Abhishekamu – Rs. 30.00/-
Sahasra Kumkumarchana – Rs. 30.00/-
Laghu Vyasa Poorvaka Eka Vaara Abhishekamu – Rs. 20.00/-
Ashtoottara Kumkumarchana – Rs. 20.00/-
Masasivaratri Abhishekam (Every month) – Rs. 10.00/-
Masasivaratri Kumkuma Pooja (Every month) – Rs. 10.00/-
Abhishekam (Every Monday) – Rs. 10.00/-
Pooja (Every Friday) – Rs. 10.00/-
Nomulu / Aksharabhyasam / Annaprasana – Rs. 100.00/-
Special Darsanam Ticket (On Festivals) – Rs. 5.00/-
Kesakhandana – Rs. 5.00/-
Upanayanamu – Rs. 100.00/-
Abhishekam Ticket (Monthly) – Rs. 300.00/-
Kunkumarchana Ticket (Monthly) – Rs. 300.00/-
Scooter Pooja – Rs. 20.00/-
Pooja for Tractor/Van/Car/Auto – Rs. 40.00/-
Pooja for Larry/Bus– Rs. 60.00/-
Abhishekam at the time of Dasara Festival (For 10 days) – Rs. 100.00/-
Kumkumarchana at the time of Dasara Festival (For 10 days) – Rs. 100.00/-
Rudra Homam – Rs. 100.00/-
Japam/Tarpanam /Nava Varaarchana – Rs. 100.00/-
Nitya Kalyanam – Rs. 500.00/-
Sthala Puranam – Rs. 3.00/-
General Marriage – Rs. 200.00/-
Marriage in Kalyana Mandapam – Rs. 300.00/-
Marriage in Nandi Mandapam – Rs. 300.00/-
Marriage in Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple – Rs. 300.00/-
Marriage in Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy Temple – Rs. 300.00/-
Marriage in Amma vari Temple – Rs. 400.00/-
Sri Swamy vari Archana – Rs. 5.00/-
Abhishekam/Kumkumarchana through MO – Rs. 100.00/-
Ubhayam at the time of Dasara – Rs. 500.00/-
Nitya Samuhika Abhishekam, Kunkumarchana (For One Year) – Rs. 730.00/-
Note: Devotees themselves has to arrange priests for all above Abhishekas and Poojas. Pictures of Swamy and Ammavaru are sold here.
Additionally Saswata Kalyanam, Saswata Pooja Padhakams are there. Devotees who wants to join in the Saswata Pooja Scheme has to send Rs. 2, 500.00/- to the EO, Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple, Draksharamam. Debit on that money used for the Mahanyasa Purvaka Abhishekam and Sahasranama Kumkumarchana for Goddess on behalf of the devotee when he wants. These poojas will be going on for Lifelong.
Devotee who wants to join in the Saawatha Kalyanam has to send Rs. 4, 000.00/- by DD/MO. Debit on that money is used for Swamy Kalyanam on requested day (except festivals) for the lifetime and Prasadham will be sent to your address.
Devotee who buy Nityabhishakam Ticket of Rs. 730.00/-, Abhishekam for Swamy and Kumkuma Pooja for Ammavaru will be done daily, for the period of one year, Prasadham will be sent monthly once.
Please note that for the below days, Saswatha Kalyanam, Nitya Kalyanam would not be conducted in the Temple.
On Ekadasi in every month.
On Purnima in every month.
On Masa Sivaratri in every month.
On Sabhannavaratri Celebrations (Dasara) upto Asweyuja sudha padyami lagayathu dwadasi.
On all Mondays in Kartika Masam and the day of Purnima.
On kalyanam of Sri subramanyeswara Swamy Margasira Sudha Shasti and Shasti Celebrations.
On Birthday of Sri Swamy vari Margasira Sudda Chaturdasi.
On Kalyanam of Swamy in Magha masam and 7 days from Bhishma Ekadsi in every year.
Arjita Kalyanam in Maga masam, 2 days of Mahasivaratri.
Temple’s Guest house is located at Kotipalli, Near RTC Bus Stand, is of distance at ½ KM. Rent for large Dormitory is Rs. 200.00/- per day and small Dormitory is Rs. 100.00/- per day.
This Temple is 20km far from Kakinada, 45km far from Rajahmundry, 6 km far from Ramachandrapuram, and 36km far from Ravulapalem. RTC bus facilities is there.
Kanukalu, Mudupulu to the Bhimeswara Swamy through the Hundi are belongs to Sri Bhimeswara Swamy and Amma varlu and not accepted through other channels.
Donors of Gold and Silver garments and Jewelry to Swamy varu and Amma varu are requested to collect the payment receipts from the temple counter.
Rahu, Ketu Pooja – Rs. 200.00/-
Naga Pratishta – Rs. 500.00/-
Abhishekam, Kumkumarchana for Karteeka masam, (Prasadam will send to your Address) – Rs. 600.00/-
Devi Navaratrulu (10 days & Prasadam will send to your Address) – Rs.200.00/-
Saswata Poojalu (Done Pooja once in a year & Prasadam will send to your Address) – Rs. 2500.00/-
Saswata Kalyanam (Done Pooja once in a year & Prasadam will send to your Address) – Rs. 4000.00/-
Govu Pooja – Rs. 116.00/-
For more details log on to http://www.draksharamabhimeswaraswamy.org.in/english/main.htm