Kanaka Durga Temple is a Famous Hindu Temple of Goddess Durga located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. This Time Dasara festival will be celebrated for 11 days, which is almost after 36 years in 1980. which incidentally was the year when Krishna Pushkarams were organised. “Dasara is normally celebrated for nine days. But due to variation in tithi this time, Dasara will be organized for 11 days. This is happening after 36 years,” said Durga temple executive officer A Surya Kumari. Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanams will organize Dasara festivities for 11 days from October 1 in the city of Vijayawada at atop of the Indrakeeladri. Dasara festivities will start from October 1st to 11th in Vijayawada. After three-and-a-half decades, the festivities are going to be organized for 11 days.
Usually, the Dasara festival is organised for 9 or 10 days a variation in ‘tithi’ as per the Telugu almanac. After a gap of four years, 10-day Dasara festival was organised last year. The 11-day festivities had last been organised in 1980, which incidentally was the year when Krishna Pushkarams were organised. Now we all are going to celebrate 11-day festival atop Indrakeeladri this Dasara.
The presiding deity will give darshan in one ‘alankaram’ every day during the festival.
This year, the festival begin as per the alankarams, goddess Durga will be decorated the ‘Sri Swarna Kavachalankrita Durga Devi’ alankaram on ‘Asviyuja Suddha Padyami’, the 1st day of the festival.
Dasara Festival Durga Devi Alankarams:
As per the schedule list of Alankarams of Goddess Kanaka Durga during Dasara Sharan Navaratri 2016 in Vijayawada.
Sri Kanaka Durga Devi, the chief deity of the temple is portrayed as blessing the visiting devotees in various forms (avatars) during the 11-day festival. Regular nine alankarams, goddess Durga will be decorated in Swarna Kavachalankrita Durga Devi and Katyayani Devi alankarams. According to priests, Katyayani Devi is one of the incarnations of the goddess waging a battle with demons.
Famous Dasara celebrations:
Special pujas are performed during Dasara also called Navaratri. A large number of pilgrims attend the colorful celebrations and take a holy dip in the Krishna River.
The most significant are Saraswati puja and Theppotsavam. On the occasion of Vijaya Dasami the processional idol of Indrakeeladri is at the temple and conducts the Teppotsavam in the evening at Krishna River.
- Yagam (Kunkumarchana)
On the occasion of Dasara Festival, Special Kunkumarchana and Sathachandi Yagam will be performed on all days of the festival.
Temple officials on Thursday said the presiding deity will be decorated in Katyayani avatar on 5th October and as Saraswati Devi on Moolanakshtram day on 8th October. Sri Rajarajeswari Devi avatar, the festival will conclude on 11th October.
Dasara festival devotees information:
Toll-Free Number 18004259099
Queue lines would start from Vinayaka Temple and when reached Ghat Road 4 would be arranged for Darshan.
- Two free queue lines
- One line for Rs.100 ticket
- One line for Rs.300 ticket.
The Prasadam Counters would be arranged
- Mallikarjuna Mahamandapam
- Bus stand
- Railway station
Free bus facility
Free bus facility will be provided to bathing ghats and Vinayaka Temple on the Canal Road.
- Railway Station
- Bus station
Free buses will also be provided for physically challenged and elderly people.
- Ashoka Pillar to Indrakeeladri Hill
- Kummaripalem to Bhavani Ghat