Draksharamam Temple, Kakinada
About Draksharamam Temple
Draksharamam is a Shavite shrine 185 km’s from Vijayawada, 17 km’s from
Kakinada nearly 40km’s from Rajahmundry and 466 km’s from Hyderabad. It is
believed that sage Vyasa who performed penance here named this as Dakshina Kasi
(Southern Benaras). Legend has it that the Saptamaharshis (Seven Sages) to
achieve the ends of their penance divided the akhanda (unbranched Godsavari
river into seven different streams at Draksharama. Bharadhwaja, Viswamitra and
Jamadagni streams known as Anatarvahinies, were believed to have gone under
ground. There is Sapta Godavari Kundam (Seven river pond) near the temple.
Devotees bathe in this kundam. Sivarathri attracts huge crowds of pilgrims.
According to another local legend as king by name Daksha Prajapati performed a
great yaga with the motive of insulting his son-in-law Lord Siva. The king
invited everyone expect his own son in law. Parvathi, through uninvited,
attended the yaga and was ill treated. Unable to withstand the insult, she
subjected herself to self immolation. Thus this place is known as Daksha Vatika.
And later as Daksharamam or Draksharamam. There are number of rock edicts (Sasanas)
engraved on the walls of the temple. The art shows the influence of a blend of
sculptural traditions of Chalukya and Chola styles. Famous Telugu poet Srinatha
(14th century) is said to have written a Prabhanda Kavya "Bhimakhanda" about
this sacred place.
How to reach
- Air : The nearest airport to Draksharamam is Vijayawada at a distance of
18 5 km’s.
- Rail : The nearest railhead is Kakinada at a distance of 17 km’s.
- Bus : one can easily reach Draksharam by bus from Kakinada and