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Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple, Visakhapatnam

Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavaru
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Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavari temple is located in the lane adjacent to Reading Room in Burujupeta, Visakhapatnam. The temple is located in the old town area of Visakhaptnam which is heavily crowded. It is easily reachable from all corners of the city. There are good number of city buses that ply from all areas of the city to Reading Room.

Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi is the presiding deity of Visakhapatnam city and the temple is located in the middle  of a narrow lane in Burujapeta. The Hindu months of Sravanam (August) and Maargasiram (December) are considered highly auspicious. The temple is heavily crowded with devotees in these two months. The annual celebrations of the festival are held in Margasiram particularly the 4-5 Thursdays of the month are highly auspicious when special poojas are performed in the temple. So also the 4-5 Fridays of Sraavanam are specially important.

Maargasira Maasam according to the Hindu calender, which coincides with December is considered very auspicious and annual celebrations are organized in this temple. In particular, the four Thursdays of Maargasira are highly auspicious and special poojas are performed to Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Devi. Thousands of devotees from the entire district throng the temple and perform various poojas like Abhishekam with milk, kumkumarchana and the like which include Lalita Sahasranaama Paaraayana. The uniqueness of the temple is that the devotees can directly perform Ksheerabhishekam.

According to the local story, the idol of Goddess Kanaka Mahalakshmi is found in a well, which was later taken out of the well in 1912 and placed in the temple.

Maargasira Thursdays are very auspicious and special for Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi. The local people of Vizag perform special worships to the Goddess on these Thursdays. People at home offer Paravaannam / Paayasam / Kheer as Naivedyam on Thursdays and recite Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ashtakam on these days. Besdies Maargasira Maasam, even the Hindu month of Sraavanam which is important when the Telugu people celebrate Varalakshmi Vratam and then visit the temple on four Fridays in Sraavanam Maasam.

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