It was the second day of my stay in Vijayawada and having spent a wonderful time the previous day in the Hinkar Thirtha Jain temple, I was really gratified. Further I wanted to discover more of the place as my aim was to learn about Vijayawada and pen down the experience in my blog. Apart from food and culture, one thing that always attracted me was spirituality. And moreover after a certain age people tend to get inclined the spiritual side for no reason.
The day was sunny but the weather was pleasant. I, my wife and my kids started from the hotel to visit the Kanaka Durga temple which is one of the most popular places of the city. Located in the Indrakeeladri Hill and beside the River Krishna, the temple provided the perfect atmosphere for those persons who sought solace and felicity.
We decided to take up a motor through the Ghat Road to reach the temple directly on a vehicle. However people can also travel by foot. The temple represented the rich styles and art forms of different dynasties that existed in the ancient India. The temple opens for devotees at 4 am in the morning remains open till 9 pm in the evening. There was a nominal fare to enter into the temple. For the Dharma Darshanam, the entry is free. However for Mukha Mandapam, Anthralaya and Break Darshanam , a fees is charged up to Rs.5, Rs.20 and Rs.100 respectively.
Goddess Kanaka Durga is known for her benevolence, love, riches and power. As the temple is considered to be self manifested which means that the sculpture of the Goddess formed out of the rocks all by its own, it is very powerful and sanctimonious. The origin of this temple above the hills is unknown and can be dragged back to many centuries.
Many tourists come around the temple to make a visit and pay their homage to the Goddess of Power. The period during Dusshera is considered to be the peak time for temple visit as people from all over the country visit here. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and show.
We had a placid time in the temple as we did a little bit of street shopping as well.