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Manikyamba Devi – Hindu Goddess Manikyamba

Manikyamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that the spot where left cheek of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Manikyamba Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the Draksharamam Temple (Sri Bhimeswara Swamy Temple) in Andhra Pradesh.


Legend has it that after Sati’s death, Shiva started the dance of destruction with Sati’s body. It was destined to create havoc in the universe and in order to avoid the annihilation of the universe, Vishnu cut the body of Sati using his Sudarshan Chakra.

As per the legend in South India, the body fell in 18 spots known as Ashtadasa Peethas. The spot where the left cheek of Goddess Sati fell is spot associated with Goddess Manikyamba Devi. Out of the eighteen places Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the twelfth place. This story is mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

Draksharamam is located about 28 Km from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.



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