The temple is located on the banks of the Krishna River, the main deity at the sanctuary is Goddess Kanaka Durga, who is the goddess of benevolence and power. Situated in Vijayawada, the sanctuary is roosted on the Indrakeeladri Hill, which has much importance religiously. Devotees can visit the temple from 6 am and seek blessings of devi durga by watching Durga Aarti in Hindi. The Goddess is said to be swayambhu (self-showed on the slope. As mentioned in the legend, when Goddess Durga showed up here after killing the Demon Mahishasura, She shone with a brilliance of a thousand suns because of which every one of the gods and goddesses beings referred to her as Kanaka (Gold) Durga and have been since worshipping her every day.
The glory of Kanaka Durga Temple is really praiseworthy. It is one of the biggest sanctuaries in India and the second biggest in Andhra Pradesh. It is unquestionably a must visit place in India. Devotees can also visit the Sri Kali Matha Ammavari Temple that is situated near the Kanaka Durga temple to recite Mahakali Aarti in Hindi and visit Lord Ganesh temple to watch Shree Ganesh Aarti in Hindi every morning and evening.
The legend associated with the Temple
As per the legend, Indrakeela, a shaakteya devotee did incredible atonement and when Goddess showed up before him he pleaded her to be present on him. At that point, Goddess Kanaka Durga solicited him to assume the form of a mountain after killing the demon Mahishaasura. On the demand of other Gods, Devi Durga killed the evil presence Durgama. In Dwaapara Vuga, Arjuna, one among the Pandavas, did extraordinary atonement on this Indrakeeladri mountain for Lord Shiva with the wish to receive the most ground-breaking Astra called Paashupataastra. To fulfill the wish of Arjuna, Lord Shiva appeared before him, granted the Astra and called him Vijayan (successful). The place came to be known as Vijayawada after Arjuna’s triumph. Arjuna felt that he could get the Astra called Paashupata just by the grace of Goddess Kanaka Durga and named her as Brahmaastreshwari. Arjuna is otherwise called Phalguna, since he did atonement here this place is additionally called as Phalgunikshetra. Vijayawada Kanaka Durga temple is extremely popular in Andhra Pradesh. The sanctuary of Maa Kanaka Durga is situated nearby by the sanctuary of Lord Venkateswara Swamy in attracting the devotees. She is considered as Shaktipeetham. Yet, there is no reference in Ashtadasa Shakti peetha stotram.
Markandeya, Aadishankaraacharya, Paandavaas, Sri Krishnadevaraya, and numerous others worshipped the god in Vijayawada. Beforehand, the idol was worshipped by Vamachara devotees who used to offer animal forfeit to her. In any case, amid the time of Shankaracharya, he changed over the sanctuary to Dakshinaehara by building up a Srichakra before her. He brought an end to the offerings of animals in the temple. Aside from Kanaka Durga, Lord Shiva is likewise venerated here as Malleeshwara. The legend says that Lord Brahma did retribution for Lord Shiva and revered him with Jasmine flowers, because of which Lord Shiva is known as Malleshwara In Kaliyuga. The number of worshippers goes up each Friday.