Kanaka Durga Temple
The temple of Kanaka Durga the Goddess of power, riches and benevolence and the presiding deity of Vijayawada, is thronged by lakhs of pilgrims for worship during the “Navarathri” festival which is celebrated with Religious fervor, pomp, and festivity. The ancient temple of Kanaka Durga, a top the Indrakeeladri hill on the banks of the Sacred river Krishna in Vijayawada, bounds with legends of historical interest.
In good olden days, a Yaksha named ‘KEELA’ had been performing severe penance upon goddess Durga. Goddess Durga was pleased by his penance and appeared before him. She asked him to beg a boon. Keela was so happy by the words of Goddess Durga and begged like this, “O holy Mother! you should always be in my heart. This is the one and only my desire”. Listened goddess Durga and gave the boon with showering the lunar lights of a smile and said, “My Son! You remain here at this holiest planes of river Krishna in the form of the mountain. In Krithayuga, after the assassination of demons, I will remain in your heart.
Vijayawada is known in mythology as Vijayavata and is mentioned in some inscriptions as Rajendracholapura also. it is a famous place of pilgrimage on the river Krishna, and ‘has a temple dedicated to Lord Siva in his aspect of Malleswara or Jayasena. Sage Agasthya is said to have been the greatest devotee of this deity and admirer of the deity’s several leelas. The origin or installation of Kanaka – Durga Devi at Vijayawada is unknown. She is said to be Swayambu or self manifest. She also takes the aspect of Chandi or destroyer of the demon Durgama who was causing havoc among the peace-loving inhabitants of Dakshinapatha.
One of these hills is called Indrakila, which is a famous hill mentioned in the Mahabharata as the place where the Pandava hero Arjuna obtained from Lord Siva an important weapon called Pasupatastra. The aspect of Lord Siva who appeared before Arjuna for granting him the boon is Kirata or the hunter. Bharavi in his celebrated Kavya “The Kirtarjuneeya” has immortalized this. The temple of Vijayeswara is attributed to Arjuna to commemorate the event of obtaining Pasupatha. The shrine has the representation of this and many other events of the Mahabharata depicted in sculpture form.
- Monday : 04:00-21:00
- Tuesday : 04:00-21:00
- Wednesday : 04:00-21:00
- Thursday : 04:00-21:00
- Friday : 04:00-21:00
- Saturday : 04:00-21:00
- Sunday : 04:00-21:00
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|Address||Arjuna Street Mallikarjunapeta Indrakeeladri, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520001, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, 520001, india|
|Phone||0866 - 2423600|