Draksharamam ( Andhra Pradesh , South India)


Draksharamam holds a very pious eminence in the religious and cultural history of India. Draksharamam is about 41 kms from Rajmundry and is part of East Godavari region. A religious place formerly called as Daksha Tapovana or Daksha Vatika. The historicity of this place is attributed to Sage Vyasa who is said to have installed the original Shiva Linga. The temple is dedicated to Bhimeshwara and the main Linga appearslike a tall pillar of marble and has to be seen from two storeys.

There is also a belief that the shrine was originally a Buddhist centre, later converted into a Shiva temple. This place is also auspicious for Muslims as the tomb of Saint Syed Shah Bhai Aulia who came to this place from Madina, is located here. The tomb is 500 years old and the saint is said to be a contemporary of the famous saint Mira Sahib of Nagore. Olladi Dibba is considered worthy of interest as the Dutch tombs of 1675, which has some fine specimens of architecture.

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