Vijayawada Kanaka Durga temple :
Vijayawada Kanaka Durga temple is on the bank of the river Krishna. This temple is famously known as “Sri Durga Maleshwara Swamy”, where goddess Durga is worshipped along with Lord Shiva. As per the Hindu tradition Goddesses take their position on the left of their consorts. This is the only place where goddess Durga is on the right side to Lord Shiva.
History of Kanaka Durga Temple :
Once there lived a Yaksha named “Keela”.This Keela performed penance for goddess Durga and she appeared before him. Goddess asks him to make a wish.
Then he asks that ”he just want a goddess to be live in his heart forever”. The goddess grants him the boon. As the god Indrudu worships goddess Durga on this hill. So the hill is called as Indrakeeladri, where Indra –Keela-aadhri.
Indra Keeladri is a combination of three words, the Indra-The god who worships goddess Durga, Keela-The yaksha, Aadhri-The hill.
How to reach Durga Temple Vijayawada:
By air: The city itself has an airport located at “Gannavaram” which it takes 52 mins to reach temple via NH16 and NH65 of 25 km from the airport.
By train: Vijayawada is the headquarters for a south-central railway, it is also a junction. From there, the government provides special buses especially for devotees to travel 3.5 km distance.
By Road: 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers are allowed to the top of the hill on ghat road and parking area is also available.
- 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
- 7:00AM to 11:00AM
- 12:15 PM to 4:00 PM
- 6:15 PM to 10:00 PM
These timings of darshan are “FREE” of cost. Other than free darshan the authorities also charge for the darshan like VIP, VVIP which ranging from Rs. 50, 100, 300…etc. During the special days or festivals like Navarathri…there will be no chance for any type of Special darshan except Sarva Darshan.
Vijayawada Temple Accommodation:
Officially there are no accommodations provided by Kanaka Durga Devastanam. We can find accommodation at nearby hotels,
- Hotel Green Valley ac.
- The Hotel Sripada.
- Hotel Sreenvivas.
- Continental Park Hotel.