Timings - Opening & Closing:
Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM ,
Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM ,
Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM ,
Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM
Draksharamam is a temple that is also known as the Dakshina Kasi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered as the most sacred place after Banaras. The four entrance gates of the temple represent the four cardinal directions.
A pillared Pradakshina is situated on the upper storey. Various mythological figures are carved on the walls and pillars of the temple. The architectural style of the temple depicts the Chola and Chalukya architecture.
According to folklore, Sage Vyasa once performed penance at the site and thus, named it the Dakshina Kasi. It is also believed that Sati's father organised a ‘yagya’ which she attended uninvited and sacrificed herself after being humiliated. Therefore, the area received the title of Daksh Vatika which later came to be known as Draksharamam.
The Saptha Godavari Kundam, situated near the temple, is visited for taking a holy dip. The temple is visited by many travellers during the occasion of Shivaratri. The Bhimesvara Temple is situated close to Draksharamam and is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped in the form of Maniyakamba.