Kanaka Durga Temple

Goddess Kanaka Durga self-manifested(Swayambhu)on a hillock known as Indrakeeladri on the left bank of the river Krishna at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in South India. The shrine also called  Sri Durga Malleswara Swami Temple dates back to the 8th century.

The temple is said to have been constructed during the rule of Mogalaya ruler Thanisha. According to the Sthalapuranam,Thanisha with the assistance of his ministers Akkanna and Madanna managed the temple from Kondapalli.

Kanaka Durgamma is the presiding deity and is said to be the Goddess of power, riches and goodwill.

His Holiness Sri Adi Sankaracharya visited the temple during the 8th century and installed the SRICHAKRAM at the feet of the Goddess. Shrines of Lord Sri Malleswara Swamy, Sri Nataraja Swamy temple are located at  the north east corner. Sri Subrahmanyeswara Swamy Temple is located on north side of the main temple.

This temple is one of the major temples of the state and a popular pilgrimage centre.Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese traveller visited this temple.There are interesting legends related to this temple and Goddess. When Indrakeeladri came in the way of River Krishna all the Gods requested the hill to give way to the river so that it merges with the sea. Keela obeyed and gave a small passage for the river but River Krishna occupied more place than necessary. Not only this, the river also took along with it a part of the hill four miles downstream to Yanamalakuduru, where it is called “Thelukonda” or “floating hillock”.

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