|Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavaru|
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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 Sravana Masam (August) and Maargasira masam (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. Thursdays of Margasira masam are highly auspicious when special poojas are performed in the temple. So also Fridays of Sraavanam are specially important.
Maargasira Maasam is considered very auspicious and annual celebrations are organized in this temple. Four / five Thursdays of the month 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.
Important Days to visit the temple
August 17, 2018 - 1st Friday of Sravana Masam
August 24 - 2nd Friday
August 31 - 3rd Friday
Sept 7 - 4th (last) Friday of Sravana Masam
December 13, 2018 - 1st Thursday of Margasira Masam
Dec 20 - 2nd Thursday
Dec 27 - 3rd Thursday
Jan 3rd, 2019 - 4th Thursday