Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Devasthanam
Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi temple, is a historical place with strong religious background connected to the city. Kings of Visakhapatnam were great devotees of Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi, who is believed to be the personification of Shri Lakshmi. The divine idol is admired and worshipped by the local people as Ammavari. It is believed that Goddess Shri Kanakamalahshmi is considered the family deity of rulers of this area and the present location of the temple was in the ramparts of their fort. This temple area is known as Burujupeta, ever since the statue of Ammavari was found from a well close to Buruju, which means fort.
Sthalapuranam of the Temple:
In so far as Sthalapuranam of this Temple is concerned, there is no authentic information. It is learnt that Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru is the family deity of the then “Rajas of Visakhapatnam”. The locality where the idol was found is called “Burujupeta” since it was near “Buruju” of the “Fort” of the then Rajas.
According to local story, in the year 1912, the Idol of Godess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru was taken out from the well and it was installed at the center of the road i.e., amidst the Municipal lane. The Municipal authorities, for the purpose of widening the road, have shifted the Idol from admidst the road to a corner of the road. During which period i.e., in the year 1917 the dangerous contagious disease `Plauge’ spread over the town and so many deaths occurred in Visakhapatnam village. The people of Visakhapatnam were afraid of the incident and thought the devastation was due to shifting of idol of goddess `Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi’ and therefore, re-erected Ammavari Idol to its original place i.e., at the center of the road as it existed now. Owing to re-erection, the `Plague’ disease was cured and normalcy was restored. With this, the villagers have a staunch belief that it is all due to miracle of Goddess., and thus from then onwards the Villagers used to worship the Goddess by peforming sevas with much devotion. Further, the people of the vicinity have strong belief that ` Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru’ is the `MOTHER OF TRUTH’ and will always bless her devotees by fulfilling their requirements. The lady devotees have staunch belief that the Goddess bless them with “Sumangali”. The devotees of Goddess bring their newly born babies to the temple and keep them at the feet of Goddess and seek blessings.
This temple is opened 24 Hours for devi maa darshan.
The Annual Festival in the Devasthanam is Margasiramasa Mahothsvam, which is one month festival. Devotees come and worship Goddess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru in large number during the month of Margasira. The number of devotees that worship her during this month exceeds the number of devotees that worship Her in the remaining eleven months. There will be huge congregation of devotees/pilgrims coming not only from different parts of the State and also from neighboring states. Large number of devotees would visit the temple during Margasiramasa Mahothsvam for darshan, particularly on Thursdays. Thursday is states to be very auspicious to the Goddess.
On Ugadi day, which is the New Year in Andhra, the Goddess is decked with ornaments of silver, giving a heavenly darshan. On Navrathri occasion, on the 5th day, Goddess is decorated with Laksha kumkumarchana marking Sarannavrarathri.
As Vizag is one of the major cities of Andhra Pradesh, it has a good connectivity from all the major cities of India. Budget hotels and Star Hotels are available for the devotees accommodation.
Simhachalam Narasimha Swamy Temple is the famous temple to visit in Vizag. This is 25 km from this temple.
This temple have good connectivity. RTC Bus Complex is 3.8 km, Visakhapatnam Railway Station is 3.5 km and Visakhapatnam Airport is 16.3 km from the temple. Autos are available to reach from Bus station and Railway station.
- Temple Opened 24 Hours for Darshan
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0891 2566515, 2568645, 2711725