Kanakdurga Temple, Vijaywada
The Kanakdurga Temple is a very popular temple and is located in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. The deity in the Kanakdurga Temple is referred to in the Vedas as well and is considered to be very powerful. The temple is visited by a large number of devotees every year and the place has immense spiritual significance.
History of Kanakdurga Temple, Vijaywada
Legend has it that the demon Mahishasura was causing a lot of trouble to the natives. Sage Indrakilla requested the goddess to reside on his head and keep a watch on the demon. He assumed the form of a mountain. She decided to make this her permanent abode. The goddess then killed the demon and brought a lot of relief to the people. It is also believed that the spiritual leader Adi Shankara visited the temple. He even installed a Sree Chakra which is still to be seen.
Description of Kanakdurga Temple, Vijaywada
As the temple is located on top of the Indrakeeladri Hill, one can get a panoramic view of the city of Vijaywada as well as the River Krishna flowing alongside it from this temple.
A large number of inscriptions that are attributed to different dynasties are carved on the walls of the temple.
The most striking feature in this temple is however the very imposing image of Durga that is awe inspiring. It is 4 foot high and embellished with a lot of gorgeous ornaments and bright colored flowers. There are weapons in her hands and she is shown as piercing the demon with a trident. Lord Shiva is also worshipped here as Malleeshwara. A large number of devotees throng the Kanakdurga temple at the time of Durgashtami to offer their blessings to the lord.