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Vijayawada Kanaka Durga Temple

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Sri Kanaka Durga temple is situated on a small hillock named Indrakeeladri hill on the banks of River Krishna in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is one of the most important temples in Andhra Pradesh which attracts large crowd particularly during special occasions like Dussehra Navaratri, the Hindu month of Margasira Masam and Brahmotsavaalu (annual festival) of the temple.

Goddess Kanaka Durga
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The month of Maargasira is very special and auspicious. During the month devotees who are on Bhavani Deeksha visit the temple and leave the Deeskha after the darshan of the Goddess which is known as Deeskha Viramana. And hence the temple during this period is much crowded with the Bhavaanis. Bhavani Deeksha is a religiously self-imposed disciplined life for a specified period of time which is usually a period of 40 days.

The temple opens for the devotees at 4.00 a.m in the morning and closes at 9.00 p.m in the night.  On special occasions like Dussehra, the Goddess is beautifully dressed in different forms and this adds to the beauty of the ever smiling face of the idol of Goddess Durga.

Poojas / sevas

The temple devasthanam offers various daily sevas, weekly sevas and periodical sevas as well for the devotees to perform in specified timings. 
  • Sri Chakranavavararchana - daily from 8.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m. Ticket price is Rs.516/- and 5 members are allowed for the pooja
  • Lakshakumkumarchana - daily from 8.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m. Ticket price is Rs.1000/- and 5 members are allowed for the pooja. 
  • Astotharanamarchana - daily from 5.00 a.m to 9 p.m. Ticket cost is Rs.25/- and 3 members are allowed. 
  • Sahasranamarchana - daily from 5.00 a.m to 9 p.m. Ticket price is Rs.50/- and 3 persons are allowed.
Devotees are also allowed to perform various functions like Upanayanam (Sacred Thread ceremony), Annaprasana (first feeding ceremony for the babies), Namakarana (naming ceremony for the newly born babies), Marriage ceremony, Aksharabhyasam etc in the temple premises. Those who intend for the same need to contact the Executive Officer of the devasthanam for advance booking.

There are special events / festivals which are conducted annually in the temple which include Devi Navaratrulu during Dussehra festival, Sivaratri Kalyanam on Mahasivaratri day and Bhavani Deeksha in the Margasira Masam.

To Reach:
By Rail: Vijayawada Railway station is one of the important and biggest junctions in Andhra Pradesh and is on the main line of Chennai-Howrah and Chennai-Delhi route with a number of trains connected to this place from almost all places of the state and country as well.

By Road: Easily reachable by APSRTC buses from almost all corners of the state.

By Air: Gannavaram is the nearest domestic airport and it is a 30-minute flight from Hyderabad International Airport.

There are a number of local transports available in the city to reach the Indrakeeladri Hill.

Accommodation: Vijayawada is a ever busy city and there are a good number of hostels to stay in the vicinity of the temple. And the food available in the local hotels is highly spicy as the local people are very fond of spicy food.

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