Thank you Venu, for starting the topic on Kanakadurgamma. We should have started it earlier. Kanakadurga temple is a Shakti peetham. Nodoubt
. It is clearly told in "Brahmanda puranam". Let us make this thread more useful for those who don't know about Kanakadurga.Where is Kanaka durga temple?
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On a small hill by name Indrakeeladri
beside Krishna river.Vijayawada map
Nearest Bus station: Vijayawada. There is a Ghat road to the temple on the hill. Buses, Taxies and Autos are available to reach the temple from Bus stand. Kanaka durga Devasthanam also maintains Buses which will cover Bus stand, Railway station and Temple in sequence.
Nearest Railway station: Vijayawada.
Nearest Airport: Gannavaram near by Vijayawada (30k.m distant).Kanaka durga temple:
It is located in the midst of the hill. We need not climb to the top. Vijayawada is a big city and people built their houses on Indrakeeladri hill upto the temple. The temple looks very beautiful with gold plated Sikhara.
On entering the temple campus, we first come across Bhavani Mandapam
towards left. It is the place where sculptures of Chamunda, Mahakali and some other forms of Chandi are carved on the hill. A building is constructed there covering the sculptures, for the devotees of Kanakadurga who take Durga Mala deeksha
and come to Vijayawada to worship Kanakadurga. We can visit it to see the sculptures and to participate in the Pujas
done there daily.
The pity of all is about Durga kundam. It's sacredness is described very well in Brahmanda puranam. Bathing in this Koneru (small pond on the hill) gives the results greater than bathing in Ganga. But it is buried while constructing Bhavani Mandapam.
Next comes the main temple of Kanakadurga. Kanakadurgamma looks live in the temple. We can feel it. I can't explain it in words. On the entrance of the Garbhalaya (sanctum), a great Shloka is written in telugu, which tells that she is the mother of all.
tree is present before temple. Anjaneya who is the Kshetrapalaka of the Kanakadurga temple is present at the root of the tree. Temples of Lord Ganesh, Nataraja swamy, Sivakama sundari and Subrahmanya are also present in the campus. Next comes Addala mandapam
. It is a small room covered with glass on all it's inner walls. A small idol of the goddess is present in a swing. Pilgrims move that swing with devotion.
The temple of Lord Malleswara swamy
is present beside Addala mandapam. Malleswara swamy is the husband of Kanakadurga. In many temples lord Shiva is worshiped more than Shakti. But in Vijayawada Kanakadurga is worshiped more when compared to Malleswara swamy.