Drakshrama is located in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh state in India. This place is very famous for one of the pancharama temple, Draksharama Bheemeshwara Swamy and located in a green belt due to river Godavari. The temple (along with Kumararama Bheemeswara Swamy temple at Samalkot) has been constructed by the East Chalukyan king during Nineth century. The temple also consists one of the Shakti peetha, Sri Manikyamba. Irrespective of the kind, people who perfom puja here will be free of their sins. Once upon a time Draksharama was considered as a Buddhist complex. The speciality of this Shiva Lingam is that, the early morning tender Sun light falls on the Linga. There are nearly 800 ancient scripts on the walls of the temple. The celeberations in this Devalayam started during 14th century in the period of Reddy Kings. On the Eastern door (Dwara) Goddess Gogulamma, Western gate Nookambika, Northern side Moodhambike and at Southern side, Ghattambike can be seen. Shiva Lingam is nearly 9 ft hight and the top part is seen at the first floor. There are other small temples inside the main temple premises. To name a few, Praakara Bhairavudu, Viroopa, Natarajeshwar, Vaamana, Visheshwara, Dancing Ganapati, Dundhi Ganapathi, Goddess Kanakadurga and Goddess Annapurna. To the right side of Bheemeshwara Swamy temple, Kashi Vishweshwara Swamy temple (South facing) is situated. For performing puja (Abhisheka), water from Sapta Godavari is used as it is considered sacred. Devotees come in huge number during Kartika Masam (November-December) for performing puja in this temple. Grand celeberations can be witnessed during Janmadinotsav (Birthday) i.e during Margashira Shudha Chathurdashi.
Antarvedi is the land famous for the temple of Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swami, who is man-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is a small village in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, at the convergence of Bay of Bengal and Vashista Godavari, a tributary of River Godavari. The place, where the mighty Sagar (ocean- Bay of Bengal) meets with this tributary of Godavari, is called as ‘Sapta Sagara Sangam Pradesham’. Vashista Godavari is one of the branches of River Godavari and is said to have been be brought to this place by Maharishi Vashista, one of the Saptarishis (seven great sages) of Hindu Mythology. There are other equally prominent places at Antarvedi. The Sea, the Vashista River which is said to be brought to this place by Sage Vashista, the Sagar Sangam (place where the river Vashista meets the ocean Bay of Bengal) also called as Anna Chelli Gattu in Telugu, the Raktakulya River which is formed when the goddess Maya Shakti released the blood of the demon Raktavilochana and the Chakratheertam where Lord Narasimha Himself washed His Sudarshana chakra, after killing the demon are all not to be missed. The temple of Lord Shiva, called as Neelakanteswara, is another attraction not to be missed. The idol of Lord Shiva here was worshipped by Lord Brahma Himself. There is a launch facility to visit the small island at the other side of the river and to travel to the point where the river and the ocean would actually meet. A nominal amount is charged for this which usually depends on the season and number of people. More number of people and peak season, more amount is charged and during off-season, the rates are reasonable. To experience the actual power of the place, one has to sit peacefully and absorb the vibrations and nature. The sunrise and sunset offers an enthralling sight which leaves an unforgettable memory of your visit.
Ryali is situated in East Godavari district (Atreyapuram Mandalam) of Andhrapradesh – India. This area is also called Kona Seema, a purely well irrigated area of Andhrapradesh due to many tributories of river Godavari. The famous Sri Jagan Mohini (Sri Maha Vishnu) temple is situated here. The shrine of Sri Jagan Mohini Keshava Swamy is made up of single stone (Salagrama Ekashila – 5 feet height and 3ft width). The idol looks like Sri Vishnu (male) from front side and as Mohini (female) from rear side. The architectural beauty of the idol and temple is excellent. The flow of Akasha Ganga at the feet of Sri Maha Vishnu can be seen here. This place was purely a wild forest during 11th century and was ruled by Cholas. Raja Vikrama Deva originally constructed a small temple during 11th century and later renovated.
The Kotilingeswara Temple is a holy pilgrim center for Shaivites. According to a legend, king lndra was cursed by sage Gautama. To relieve himself of the curse he installed a Sivalinga and anointed it with water from one crore rivers. Hence this temple earned its name as Kotilingeswara temple. A dip in the holy waters of the river Godavari is believed to relieve one from all sins. Built in the 10th – 11th century, the temple is a popular pilgrim center. There is a ferry point at Rajamahendravaram to cross the river Godavari. Beautifully built steps and bathing ghats all along the riverbank make this point a visual treat for tourists.