Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy
Kanakadurgamma Temple situated on the banks of river krishna, Indrakeeladri, Vijayawada. Sri Kanakadurgamma (kanaka durga) is swayambu (self-manifested). It is one of the largest temples in India. and 2nd largest temple in Andhra Pradesh. 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. Since Indra worshipped Goddess here on this hill. This hill became Indrakeeladri.
The presiding deity in this temple is Goddess Parvathi in the divine form of Kanaka Durga Devi. But surprisingly she is seen here as Mahisharusa Mardhini. She is seen seated on a lion with eight hands holding trident, bow, sword, hunter-like rope and discus. She is seen in a Mahishasura Mardhini form as if she has just arrived after killing a demon called Mahishasura. On the left side of the Goddess, a Srichakra was seen installed and besides the Srichakra Lord Ganapathi is seen seated. Adi-Sankaracharya visited the temple and installed the Srichakra and initiated workship of Kanaka Durga in vedic ways. All the poojas performed in this temple are being performed to Srichakra.
Brahma then decided to bring Shiva too on this hill. So he worshipped Lord Shiva with Jasmine flowers and performed Shata Ashwamedha Yaga. Lord Shiva was pleased and has come to reside here as Malleswara Swamy as He was pleased with the worship of Jasmine flowers. Hence the temple name Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Temple.
Jagadguru Sri Adi Sankaracharya once noticed that the Swayambhu Shivalinga was in bad condition. He re-installed the same Malleswara Jyothirlinga at the Northern side of the temple. Ever since, Lord Malleswara Swamy too is being worshipped along with Goddess Durga Devi by the devotees.
Kanaka Durga Temple comprises three ancient temples with their legendary past dating back to thousands of years. They are Kanakadurga temple, the Malleswaraswamy temple and the Vijayeswaraswami temple.
Mallikarjuna or the Malleswara as he is known in the Puranas is said to have been installed by Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pancha Pandavas, as a token of their victory of the South. Thribhuvana Malla, Western Chalukya King of the 10th century AD historically constructed the temple. The installation of Vijayeswara is said to have been done by Arjuna, one of the Pancha Pandavas, to commemorate his victory with Lord Siva in the guise of Kirata or hunter.
On the southern side of the Kanakadurga temple there is a hillock with sculptures bearing inscriptions indicating the names of Gods and Goddesses carved below them. Most of these sculpture images are forms of the Goddess Durga Devi in her many forms as described in mantra shastras. Traditionally these hills were originally formed into one. But at the command of the Lord they got detached giving enough space for the river Krishna to pass through into the seas.
The temple has a second Prakara Mandapam with first floor on the north and west. The temple has a ghat road laid in 1969. But most of the pilgrims prefer to climb the steps leading to the temple though an arduous task for women and children. Yet they forget their pains and troubles since they climb the steps with much devotion and fervor. Some devotees perform pooja to this flight of steps by applying turmeric and vermillon to the steps chanting the name of the goddess. There is also a shrine for Shri Nataraja Swamy Temple in the temple complex. At the entrance of the Ghat road, there is Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple.
The nine-day festival of Navarathri ends on Vijaya Dasami Day when people worship arms and perform ayudha pooja. Kanaka Durga is specially decorated as Balatripura Sundari, Gayathri Annapoorna. Mahalakshmi, Saraswathi, Lalitha Tripura Sundari, Durga Devi, Mahissura Mardini and Raja Rajeswari Devi on each day of the Narvarathri festival. On Vijaya Dasami day, the deities are taken in a swan-shaped boat around the Krishna river, popularity known as “Theppotsavam”.
Five-day ‘Bhavani Deeksha Viramana Utsavam’ (relinquishment of deeksha) happened every year. Thousands of devotees from several districts in the state visit Kanakadurga temple to conclude Bhavani deeksha. The devotees reach Durga ghat at first to take a holy dip, perform Giri Pradakshina around Indrakeeladri, visit the temple and after the darshan of presiding deity conclude their deeksha.
Mangalagiri, Amaravati, Kotappakonda, Penuganchiprolu, Vedadri and Pedakakani are the other famous temples near from Vijayawada. Luxury like Fortune Murali Park, Quality Hotel D V Manor, Minerva Grand, Manorama, Southern Grand, The Kay, Alankar Inn, Hotel Garudaare and many budget hotels are available for the accommodation.
Temple board also providing accommodation (Indrakeeladri Guest House and Madapati Guest house) for pilgrims.
Buses are available from all places in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and from several states across the nation to reach this famous temple and the Bus stand is 2.5Km from the Temple. Vijayawada Railway Junction is the largest railway junction of the South Central Railway. There are a number of express and super-fast trains that connect Vijayawada with almost all the important places of the country. Kanaka Durgah Temple is 3.2km from here. Flight facility is also available to reach the temple. Gannavaram Airport is 25.3Km from this temple.
Vijayawada is a major transit point of the South India. Guntur City is 38Kms, Eluru City is 62.8Km and Hyderabad is 275km from here.
- Dharma Darshan(Free) and Mukha Mandapam(Rs.20/-): 4:00AM to 5:45 PM and 6:15PM to 10:00 PM, Antaralayam Dharshanam 5:00AM to 5:45 PM , 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM(Rs.100/-)
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