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Temples & Legends of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
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DRAKSHARAMA

There is yet another popular legend about the origin of this temple. In this temple, Lord Siva is worshipped in Lingakara. The shape of the Mula Virat is a long cylindrical pillars some 20 or 25 feet high. The legend is, that these are parts of an original Linga which broke off into 5 piece; and fell at five different places or Aramas viz., Bheemarama or Bheemavaram in Kakinada, Ksheerarama or Palakollu in West Godavari, Amararama or Amaravati in Guntur, Daksharma or Draksharama in East Godavari and Kurmarama which is Kotipalli in East Godavari District. The original Jingam which broke into five pieces, is said to have been originally erected by the Lord Sun himself, and worshipped by the seven sages who are still said to be present as the seven branches of the Godavari in its march to the sea. The rishis are Kasyapa or Tulya, Atri, Gowtama, Bharadwaja, Kousika or Vishwamitra, Jamadagni and Vasishtba. The Bharadwaja, Vishwamitra and Jamadagni Godavaris are no longer in existence but the other branches remain. The seven sages are said to have each brought the waters from their respective rivers to the Tirtha at Draksharama which is called Sapta-Godavari-Tirtha. It is customary for the pilgrims and the pious to undertake a bath in these seven Godavaris or the Saptasagara Yatra, which is said to confer liberation.

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