శ్రీదుర్గా మల్లేశ్వర స్వామి క్షేత్రం
Legend of Goddess
According to a legend, the now verdant Vijayawada was once a rocky region strewn with hillocks that were obstructing the flow of River Krishna. The land was thus rendered unfit for habitation or cultivation. Invocation to Lord Siva led to His directing the hills to give way to river Krishna. And the river started flowing unimpeded with all its might, through the tunnels or "Bejjam" bored into the hills by Lord Siva. That is how the place got its name Vijaywada.[ఆధారం చూపాలి]
One of the many mythologies associated with this place is that Arjuna prayed to Lord Siva on top of Indrakeela hill to win His blessings and the city derived its name "Vijayawada" after this victory. Yet another popular legend is about the triumph of goddess Kanakadurga over the demon king Mahishasura. It is said that once upon a time, the growing menace of demons became unendurable for the natives living in this region. Sage Indrakila, took to severe penance and when the goddess appeared, the sage begged Her to reside on his head and keep vigil on the wicked demons. As per his wishes, after killing the demons, goddess Durga made Indrakila Her permanent abode. Later She also slayed the demon king Mahishasura freeing the people of Vijayawada from the evil clutches of the demon.[ఆధారం చూపాలి]
At the Kanakadurga temple, the enchanting four-foot high icon of the deity bedecked in glittering ornaments and bright flowers, with eight powerful weapons in eight hands is in a standing posture over the demon Mahishashura and piercing him with her trident. The goddess is the epitome of beauty.[ఆధారం చూపాలి]
Adjacent to the Kanakadurga temple is the shrine of Malleswara Swamy on the Indrakiladri. By ascending the steps on the hill, one comes across little images of different deities, prominent among them being Kali, Siva and Krishna.
Kanaka Durga Temple is synonymous with Vijayawada. It is mentioned in the sacred texts.
This is the place where Arjuna obtained the Pasupatha astra after his great penance for Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed for Goddess Durga by Arjuna. It is connected by steps and a ghats road.[ఆధారం చూపాలి]
The temple occupies an important place in the scriptures as several of the Sivalilas and Saktimahimas were enacted on or around it, making the region a place of unequalled spiritual significance and attracting pilgrims since time immemorial.
Inscriptions of different dynasties are found in the temple.
Located in the heart of Vijayawada city, the temple is just a 10 minutes drive from the railway station. Vijayawada is located 275 kilometers from Hyderabad. It is well connected by road rail and air from all parts of the country
Devasthanam's Dasara festivities of 2007
Sri Kanaka Durga Devi, the chief deity of the temple is portrayed as blessing the visiting devotees in various forms (avatars) during the ten day festival. A symbolic representation of the 10 forms of triumph of good over evil, this form (known as 'Alankaram') of the day is chosen as per the astrological star of each day, in accordance with the lunar calendar. This year, the devotees are being blessed according to the following schedule of Alankarams:
12-10-2007 - SRI SWARNA KAVACHALAKRUTA DURGA DEVI
13-10-2007 - SRI BALA TRIPURA SUNDARI DEVI
14-10-2007 - SRI GAYATRI DEVI
15-10-2007 - SRI ANNAPURNA DEVI
16-10-2007 - SRI LALITHA TRIPURA SUNDARI DEVI
17-10-2007 - SRI SARASWATI DEVI
18-10-2007 - SRI MAHA LAKSHMI DEVI
19-10-2007 - SRI DURGA DEVI
20-10-2007 - SRI MAHISHASURA MARDHINI DEVI
21-10-2007 - SRI RAJA RAJESWARI DEVI
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