After a good night sleep with dreams of Undavalli Caves and Amaravati Museum, we woke up fresh to the morning breeze. Our first destination ahead was the famous temple of Hindu goddess, Kanaka Durga. Being very religious and very fond of visiting ancient temples, my husband and I were well prepared to visit Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada. I informed the hotel staff well in advance to serve only vegetarian food for breakfast and I wore a beautiful blue sari for the visit.
The temple is located in the banks of Krishna River in the heart of Vijayawada city and was hardly 15 minutes drive from our hotel. We took a taxi to the temple and bought the necessary things for Pooja. Kanaka Durga Temple is mentioned in Hindu sacred texts and as per mythology this is the place where Arjuna attained the ‘pasupatha astra after pleasing Lord Shiva after his long penance. It is believed the Arjuna constructed temple for Goddess Durga. Another very well accepted legend about the temple is associated with Goddess Kanakadurga’s victory over Demon ‘Mahishasura’.
I was mesmerized to see the 4-feet high statue of Goddess Kanakadurga decorated with flowers and ornaments. She is portrayed as a powerful deity with eight arms and with deadly weapon in each arm. The temple is covered with scores of trees, mighty hills and the elegant Krishna River adding to its aura.
We learnt from a local guide that a 10 days Dasara festival of Devasthanam is the main festival celebrated in the temple. A symbolic depiction of victory of good over evil known as ‘Alankaram’ is conducted during this time. These ‘Alankarams’ are subject to change according to astrological stars. For me, this was one of those moments where I had a close meeting with god. It was absolutely wonderful and next time I will bring my mom along with me to this holy temple.
We left the Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada after having the holy lunch from the temple itself with blessings from Durga Goddess and headed towards our next destination of our itinerary. I must say that the beauty and divinity of this temple remained in my heart forever.