Kanaka Durga Temple

History

About Temple -Kanaka Durga temple, an abode for Goddess Durga is located on Indrakeeladri hill, banks of Krishna River in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. There are different legends for this temple, one of them is that Goddess Parvathi took various forms to kill the demons who acquired great powers by appeasing the Gods and began harassing the sages on the earth. To kill Sumbhu and Nisambhu she took kausiki, Mahisasura Mardini to kill Mahishasura and Durga to kill Durgamasura. The deity of the goddess is in a standing posture over the demon Mahishashura and piercing him with her trident. The deity is 4-foot-high, showing eight arms, each holding a powerful weapon and with glittering ornaments and bright flowers. Keeludu an ardent devotee of the goddess did a penance and requested the goddess to reside on his head and save the village from demons. Hence he became Indrakeeladri hill with the goddess residing on the hill. Her consort Lord Shiva took a place adjacent to hillrock as Jyothirlinga. He was worshipped by Lord Brahma with jasmines (Mallelu) whereby he got the name of Malleswara Swamy. The Navarathri festival is celebrated very grandly in this temple. It is a nine day festival and on Vijaya dasami day. On each day of the Narvarathri festival the goddess will decorated as Balatripura Sundari, Gayathri Annapoorna. Mahalakshmi, Saraswathi, Lalitha Tripura Sundari, Durga Devi, Mahissura Mardini and Raja Rajeswari Devi. On Vijaya Dasami day, the deities are taken in a swan-shaped boat around the Krishna river, popularity known as "Theppotsavam".

Address

Indrakeeladri, Mallikarjunapeta, Durga Temple Ghat Rd, Durga Agraharam, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh 520001
Temple Timings : 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM
1800 425 9099

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