Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous hindu Temple of Goddess Durga located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Sri Kanakadurgamma temple is swayambu. It is one of the largest temples in India, and 2nd largest temple in Andhra Pradesh. Temple commonly called as Vijayawada Kanaka Durgamma Temple, in the Krithayuga goddess Durga killed Mahishasura who was a disaster for World. Then goddess Durga shined on the Keela mountain with eight arms in the form of “Mahishasura Mardini” as she had given boon to keela. On this mountain, goddess Durga had been glowing with the lighting of crores of suns, with golden colour. Since that, Indra and all the deities praised her chanting “Kanaka Durga” and they had been worshipping her daily.
There are two routes to visit the Ammavari temple.
- One can take the stairs leading to the temple which can be difficult and arduous.
- The one route is driving up the Ghat road.
Along both routes there are ancient inscriptions that reveal the stories from the ancient times.
Kanadurga Temple Great History
Inscriptions of different dynasties are found in the temple.
It is mentioned in the Vedas that the deity in the Kanakadurga temple is regarded as ‘Swayambhu’, hence considered very powerful.
Local legend claims that Arjuna(the mighty warrior from the Mahabharatha) obtained his divine weapon, the Pasupatha astra after his great penance for Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed for GoddessDurga by Arjuna.
Thousands of devotees arrived at Indrakeeladri for the darshan of Goddess Kanaka durga on festival of Dasara is celebrated here every year. Special pujas are performed during Dasara also called Navaratri. A large number of pilgrims attend the colourful 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.
Dasara festivities of Devasthanam
With Kalasha Sthapana Pooja, celebrations will start at the temple. Sri Kanaka Durga Devi, the chief deity of the temple is portrayed as blessing the visiting devotees in various forms (avatars) during the ten-day festival.
A symbolic representation of the 10 forms of triumph of good over evil, this form (known as ‘Alankaram’) of the day is chosen as per the astrological star of each day, in accordance with the lunar calendar. This year, the devotees are being blessed according to the following schedule of Alankarams:
List of alankarams of Goddess Kanaka Durga during Dasara Sharan Navaratri in 2016
- Sri Swarna Kavachalakruta Durga Devi
- Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi
- Sri Annapurna Devi
- Sri Gayatri Devi
- Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi
- Sri Saraswati Devi
- Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi
- Sri Durga Devi
- Sri Mahishasura Mardhini Devi
- Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi (Vijaya Dashami)
Note: Alankarams may change according to Thidis and nakshatrams every year.
Located in the heart of Vijayawada city, the temple is just a 10 minutes drive from the railway station and Bus stand and about 20 km from airport. Temple buses are available at bus stand and railway station for every 20 minutes.Vijayawada is located 275 kilometers from Hyderabad. It is well connected by road, rail and air from all parts of the country.