image of Manikayamba is installed to the north of Sivalinga in a pretty
mini-shrine. It is about 3 feet in height and decorated with dazzling diamond
studded jewels and colourful garlands that raise the hands of the visitors at its
first appearance itself. There are huge halls in the inner courtyards to accommodate
thousands of devotees congregating on special festivals,
celebrated periodically with unusual favour. Among them, Bhishma Ekadasi,
Karthika Jwalatoranam, Mahasivaratri deserve mention and they have great pull
During the Bhima Ekadasi Rathotsava Car festival is celebrated on the 4th day
when thousands visit and overflow courtyards in and out of the prakaras. Other
special and plus points this temple boastis of is the Sapta Sagara, the temple
Pushkarini which is lying outside the first prakara, and it has a story to tell
and a sanctity that draws all for a bath; for it is said that a bath in this
confers the same merit as Godavari when bathed.
is accessible by four wheeler from near, by towns like Ramachandrapuram and
Kotipalli in West Godavari Dist. of Andhra Pradesh.