SRI KANAKA DURGA
Vijayawada, in Andhra Pradesh, is the sacred pilgrim centre housing
one of the most famous and splendorous temples dedicated to Goddess Kanaka Durga.
Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada, is the most visited pilgrim
centre, with piligrims visiting the place to attain meritorious worlds and ultimately
salvation, the goal of human life. Kanaka Durga temple is situated on the mountain named Indrakeeladri on the banks of the river Krishna.
Kaalika puraana, Durgaa sapthashati
and other vedic literature have mentioned about Goddess Kanaka Durga on the Indrakeelaadri
and have described the deity as Swayambhu, (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.
The legend says, Indrakeela,
a shaakteya devotee did great penance and when Goddess appeared, he requested her to be
present on him. Then Goddess Kanaka Durga asked him to assume form of a mountain and after
killing Mahishaasura, she resided on the Indrakeeladri.
On the request of the other Gods, Goddess
Durga killed the demon Durgama. At that time she has been described to in the golden
colour. So the Gods praised her as Kanaka Durga.
In Dwaapara Yuga, Arjuna, one among
the Pandavaas, did great penance on this mountain (Indrakeeladri) for Lord Shiva in order
to get the most powerful astra called Paashupataastra. Later, Lord Shiva
appeared to fulfil the desire of Arjuna and called him as Vijaya (victorious).
The place came to be known as Vijayawada
after Arjunas victory. Arjuna felt that he could get the astra called Paashupata
only by the grace of Goddess Kanaka Durga and worshipped her and named her as Brahmaastreshwari.
Arjuna is also known as Phalguna. Since he did penance here, this place is also
called as Phalgunikshetra.
It is said that Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra,
Indra, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Agastya, Bharadwaaja, Markandeya, Paandavaas,
Aadishankaraacharya, Sri Krishnadevaraya and many others worshipped the deity in
Apart from Kanaka Durga, Lord Shiva is also
worshipped here as Malleeshwara. The legend says Lord Brahma did penance for Lord Shiva
and worshipped him with jasmine (malle) flowers, owing to which Lord Shiva is known
In Kaliyuga, Aadi Shankaraacharya, in order
to pacify the furious form of Kanaka Durga, installed Shri Chakra and worshipped
her. Many people visit this temple. The number of pilgrims goes up every Friday.
Every year on Chaitra Shuddha Pournami,
Vasanta Kalyanam is performed to Goddess Durga and Lord Malleshwara. Brahmotsavams in
the temple are performed in Vasanta Ritu and the kalyaana performed during the utsavams is
known as Vasanta Kalyana.
To reach Vijayawada:
Vijayawada can be reached by train, road or airways. Devotees travelling by
train should disembark at Vijayawada junction. Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation
runs many buses from all the major bus depots to Vijayawada. From Hyderabad, it takes
about six to eight hours to reach the place. There are flights from Madras and Hyderabad.
At Vijayawada, there are
adequate boarding facilities and many other sites to complete the tour. The temple
committee made elaborate arrangements to cater to the needs of the countless devotees who
throng the temple everyday.
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