An aerial view of Kanaka Durga Temple
An aerial view of Kanaka Durga Temple

Kanaka Durga Temple (or) Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam is located at Indrakeeladri, on the banks of Krishna River, Vijayawada, state of Andhra Pradesh. The mythology says that Lord Arjuna on the top of the Indrakeela hill, worshiped towards Lord Shiva to get His blessings. Sri Kanaka Durga Malleswara Swamy Temple is said to be constructed by Lord Arjuna for Goddess Durga and inscriptions of various dynasties are found in this temple.

And it is said that the threatening of demons in Vijayawada became unbearable. And so Goddess Parvati is said to be took the form of Mahisasura Mardini, with eight arms holding different weapons on a line to trample the demons on the hill of Indrakeeladri. And it is also said that the saint Adi Sankaracharya initiated the worship of Goddess Kanaka Durga in Vedic ways and he is the one who installed the Srichakra in this temple.

Kanaka Durga Temple complex
Kanaka Durga Temple complex

Specialty

Goddess Kanaka Durga, the epitome of beauty, is the main deity of Kanaka Durga Temple and the Sanctorum is covered with gold. Next to Kanaka Durga Temple is the shrine of Lord Malleswara Swamy, the consort of Goddess Kanaka Durga and the other deities located in this temple are Lord Krishna, Goddess Kali, and Nandi etc.

A closeup view of Golden tower in Kanaka Durga Temple
A closeup view of Golden tower in Kanaka Durga Temple

This is a place of peerless spiritual significance and a very attractive pilgrim in Andhra Pradesh, which occupies a very special place in the scriptures of great Siva-Leelas and Shakti Mahimas. The deity of Goddess Kanaka Durga is believed to be Swayambhu (self-manifested) and hence it is considered more powerful. The epics Kaalika Puraana and Durgaa Sapthashati and other Vedic literature have mentioned about the epitome of beauty, Goddess Durga.

Kanaka Durga Temple with decoration
Kanaka Durga Temple with decoration

Pooja Timings

  • Dharma Dharshanam – 4:00AM to 9:00 PM
  • Mukha Mandapam – 4:00AM to 5:45 PM and 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Pratyeka Dharshanam – 5:00AM to 5:45 PM and 6:30PM to 9:00 PM
  • Antaralayam Dharshanam – 5:00AM to 9:00 PM and 6:30PM to 9:00 PM
Night view of Kanaka Durga Temple Tower
Night view of Kanaka Durga Temple Tower

Festivals

  • Dasara – October
  • Navaratri – September or October
  • Theppotsavam – March or April
By Road

Vijayawada fourth largest and busiest bus terminals in India alongside Delhi, CMBT (Chennai) and MGBS, Hyderabad. And it connects all the major cities in India.


By Train

Vijayawada is the nearest railway station handling more than 320 trains (both passenger and freight trains) per day next to Howrah and Mumbai.


By Air

Vijayawada is well connected by air. The domestic airport at Gannavaram, about 19 km from the city, connects Vijayawada to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Tirupathi, Vizag and Delhi.

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