Madukeswara Swamy Temple Manikeswaram is dedicated to Lord Siva and this temple is called Dakshina Kasi (South Kasi). As Manikeswaram Temple located on the banks of Gundlakamma which is similar to Kasi on the bank of River Ganga. Rivulet here flows from East to West. The main deity is believed to be self-manifested. Another resemblance is that the rare tree here in the premises is similar to the Same tree at the Kasi Temple premises.
Sivaratri will be celebrated in a grand, thousands of devotees visit this holy shrine.
Madukeswara Swamy Temple Manikeswaram History
According to folklore, A salt merchant who was an ardent devotee of Lord Siva thought of taking a night halt at this place then called Boddupalli. A Siva devotee he used to sleep in the premises of temple during night halt. As he could not find any Siva temple, he poured the Salt on the Earth and placed measure (Manika in Telugu) on top it and offered prayers before getting into sleep. To his surprise, next day morning the measure transformed into a Stone resembling Linga. Hence, the village popular by the name Manikeswaram.
From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built by the Chola Kings in 11th century AD who stayed here during their journey.
Darshan Dress Code: Any decent outfit
Darshan Duration: 15 to 20 mins during weekdays and 20 to 30 mins during weekends. Temple will be crowded during Sivaratri festival days, Karthika Masam days.
How to reach Madukeswara Swamy Temple Manikeswaram?
- The nearest international airport is at Vijayawada which is 152 km away.
- The nearest railway station is at Addaniki which is 21 km away
- Temple is 24 km from Ongole railway station.
- The direct bus to Manikeswaram is available from Ongole which is 24 km away from the temple.
- From Addanki bus station