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Kanaka Durga Temple

 

Located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous Hindu temple of Goddess Durga. This ancient temple has been mentioned in many sacred texts and Vedic literature, and is a famous temple. The Kanaka Durga Temple is visited by devotees every year to show respect to the Goddess Supreme and seek her blessings. The temple also runs a food donation program as a part of their many charitable activities.

History
According to mythological beliefs, this is the place where Arjuna obtained the Pasupatha astra after his great penance for Lord Shiva. According to legends, the temple was constructed for Goddess Durga by Arjuna. Apart from the famous Goddess Durga legend of defeating the demon king, there are some other legends that add up to the significance of the temple. The deity of the temple is said to be Swayambhu (meaning self-manifested).

About the temple
The Kanaka Durga Temple of Andhra Pradesh is one of the many Shaktipeethas that are situated in the country. The main deity is in her Mahishasurmardini form here, along with the demon king Mahishasura. The deity’s face and body colour are of molten gold share, and she is embellished with gold jewellery; that’s where the temple gets its name Kanaka Durga – Kanaka in Sanskrit means gold.

Architecture of the temple
The main sanctum of the temple is in the form of a pyramid, and the surface is embellished with delicate stone carvings. One of the most interesting aspects of the Kanaka Durga Temple is its golden crown, which is visible from miles away. The temple with its architectural beauty is a soul-stirring experience. The ancient temple premises has a Lord Shiva shrine that goes by the name Malleswara Swamy temple, and is probably the only one in the world where the female deity is located on the right side of the male, as against the traditional left side seat of the female consort.

Festivals
The Kanaka Durga Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, therefore, the nine days of Navratri are celebrated here with full vigour and fun. The most significant day is the tenth day – Dussehra. Ever year thousands of pilgrims attend the festival seeking the blessings of Her Holiness.



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