Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sri Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada


Kanaka Durga Temple

Kanaka Durga Temple  is a famous Hindu Temple of Goddess Kanaka Durga located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River.

Goddess Legend
According to a legend, the now verdant Vijayawada was once a rocky region strewn with hills that obstructed the flow of River Krishna. The land was thus rendered unfit for habitation or cultivation. Invocation to Lord Shiva for His intervention directed the hills to make way for the river. And lo! the river started flowing unimpeded with all its might, through the tunnels or "Bejjam" bored into the hills by Lord Shiva. That is how the place got its name Bezawada.[citation needed]
One of the many mythologies associated with this place is that Arjuna prayed to Lord Shiva on top of Indrakeela hill to win His blessings and the city derived its name "Vijayawada" after this victory. Another popular legend is about the triumph of goddess Kanakadurga over the demon King Mahishasura. It is said that the growing menace of demons became unbearable for the natives. Sage Indrakila practiced severe penance, and when the goddess appeared the sage pleaded Her to reside on his head and keep vigil on the wicked demons. As per his wishes of killing the demons, Goddess Durga made Indrakila Her permanent abode. Later, She also slayed the demon king Mahishasura freeing the people of Vijayawada from evil.[citation needed]
At the Kanakadurga temple, the enchanting 4-foot-high (1.2 m) icon of the deity is bedecked in glittering ornaments and bright flowers. She is shown eight arms, each holding a powerful weapon, in a standing posture over the demon Mahishashura and piercing him with her trident. The goddess is the epitome of beauty.[citation needed]
Adjacent to the Kanakadurga temple is the shrine of Malleswara Swamy on the Indrakiladri. By ascending the steps on the hill, one comes across little images of different deities, prominent among them are Kali, Shiva, and Krishna.

Transport
Located in the heart of Vijayawada city, the temple is just a 10 minutes drive from the railway station and Bus stand and about 20 km from airport. Vijayawada is located 275 kilometers from Hyderabad. It is well connected by road, rail and air from all parts of the country.


Dasara festivities of Devasthanam

Sri Kanaka Durga Devi, the chief deity of the temple is portrayed as blessing the visiting devotees in various forms (avatars) during the ten day festival. A symbolic representation of the 10 forms of triumph of good over evil, this form (known as 'Alankaram') of the day is chosen as per the astrological star of each day, in accordance with the lunar calendar. This year, the devotees are being blessed according to the following schedule of Alankarams:
Day 1 -SRI SWARNA KAVACHALAKRUTA DURGA DEVI
Day 2 - SRI BALA TRIPURA SUNDARI DEVI
Day 3 - SRI ANNAPURNA DEVI
Day 4 - SRI GAYATRI DEVI
Day 5- SRI LALITHA TRIPURA SUNDARI DEVI
Day 6 - SRI SARASWATI DEVI
Day 7 - SRI MAHA LAKSHMI DEVI
Day 8 - SRI DURGA DEVI
Day 9 - SRI MAHISHASURA MARDHINI DEVI
Day 10 - SRI RAJA RAJESWARI DEVI
Note: Alankarams may change according to Thidis and nakshatrams every year.











Sevas:  Poojas/Kalyanams/Utsavams/Daily Sevas/Weekly Sevas/Periodical Sevas 
Temple
Seva
Timing
Cost
Number of pilgrims allowed
Remarks
Sri Chakranavavarnarchana
Nitya Seva
8:30AM to 12:30 PM
Rs. 516/-
Five Members

Lakshakumkumarchana
Nitya Seva
8:30AM to 12:30 PM
Rs. 1000/-
Five Members

Astotharanamarchana
Nitya Seva
5:00AM to 9:00 PM
Rs. 25/-
Three persons

Sahasranamarchana
Nitya Seva
5:00AM to 9:00 PM
Rs. 50/-
Three persons

 Vow Fulfilment:  E.g.:  Angapradarshnam/Keshadanam etc., 
Name of Seva
Location
Cost
timing
No. of persons allowed
Darbar Seva
Inside of Temple
Free
Friday 7:00 Pm to 8:30PM


12(d)  Donation Schemes:  Some of the temples provides facilities for life payments such as performing pujas, Sevs, Annadanams, Vastradanam on a specific day in a year, at cost, the Details will be listed under this:
Amount
Name of Scheme
Description
1116-00
Annadanam
Meals will be providede for 6 to 8 persons every year
50000-00
Annadanam
Daily one person
100000-00
Annadanam
Daily Two person
12(e) Other functions: Which can be performed within the temple premises or other temples within the sanctum such as Upanayanam, Annaprasana, Naming Ceremony, Marriage etc.,
Temple/ Sub- Temple
             Function
           Remarks
Upanayams, Annaprasana, Naming Ceremony, Marriages will be performed for pilgrims by receiving nominal amount    
12 (f)  Annual Events:  All events, which are special and considered to be major events for the temple that are performed either annually or periodically to be mentioned here:
Name of Event
Time of Event
Remarks
Navaratrulu
September to October

Sivarathri Kalyanam
February to March

Bhavani Deeksha
November to December

 13. Other Events:  All events, which are special and considered to be major events for the temple that are perfor4med either annually or periodically to be mentioned here.
Name of other diety/Details
Location
Significance
Remarks
Sri. Malleswara Swamy Temple
Sri. Malleswara Swamy Temple complex


Sri Nataraja Swamy Temple
Sri Nataraja Swamy Temple complex


Sri. Anjaneya Swamy Temple
Ghat Road Entrance


 14:  Temple Facilities:  List of Prasadam Counter, Luggage counter, Free meals service 
Facilities
Location
Time
Remarks
Prasadams
Type
6to12   5 to 18

Prasada Centers
1)Beside New Annadanam Complex
2)Sivalayam
3) Railway Station


Luggage Centre
1)Ghat Road
2)Bathing Ghat
5:00AM to 9:00 PM


Annadanam
Daily 600 Pilgrims Friday, Sunday 1000 Pilgrims
Near Sivalayam
11:00AM to 2:00 PM

 15.  Accommodation:
15 (a)  Dormitories: 
Name
Location
Phone
No. of Beds
Free Range

Under Process



 15(b):  Rooms and Cottages:
Government /Department owned:
Name
Location
Phone
Number fo Rooms
A.C & Non A.C
Price Rage
Officers Rest House
Ghat Road
2423600
2
2
Officers on duty only
 Choultries/Devasthanam owned:
Name
Location
Phone
Number fo Rooms
A.C & Non A.C
Price Rage
Arundal Choultry
Opp. Bathing Gaht
2423600
28

Rs. 50/- to 150/- only
Madapati Choultry
Opp. Rajakumar Talkies

27

Rs. 100/- to 200/-

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