Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada comes to mind when the name Vijayawada is mentioned. The idol of Amma in the temple is about four feet high. Adorned with dazzling jewels and flowers. The idol has eight arms. Each hand has a different weapon. Mahishasura is in a posture piercing his heart with a trident.
Interesting Facts About Kanaka Durga Temple:
Mata is known as Mahishasura Mardini. Kanaka Durga Mata is worshipped as Mahishasura’s Mardhini because she killed the demon Mahishasura. Mata is known as Swayambhu. That is, devotees believe that Mata herself appeared here in Treta Yuga. Many legends describe the importance of this place. The most important story among them is that this place was once barren land. Because of the rocky terrain, the Krishna River does not flow from here. Then, Lord Shiva arranged for the river Krishna to flow from here. Thus, this land became another famous Sthala Purana, the demon Mahishasura attacked this place. The people living in this region were afraid of the demon Mahishasura. A sage called Indrakila made a terrible vow to the mercy of Mother Kanakadurga.
Appreciated by Indrakilu’s penance, Mata appeared and asked Indrakilu what boon he wanted. Indrakilu asked Mata to measure and tie the game of demons on his head. Mata granted his wish and killed Mahishasura. Back in Vijayawada, this whole area is full of peace and blessings. Since then, devotees started worshiping this mother with devotion.
After that, this temple was built to mark this event. There is a four feet tall idol in this temple. Ammavara holds eight types of weapons in her eight hands. Amma is seen slaying the demon Mahishasura with a spear. This form is very powerful. Creating such a picture at home will remove all negativity. Goddesses are beautifully decorated with jewelry. Soundarya Rasi is the mother.
In the past, a Yaksha named ‘Keludu’ used to perform severe penance for Goddess Durga on the banks of the Krishna River. Appreciated by his penance, Amma asks him to ask for a boon. So the Yaksha asked, ‘Mother, grant me a boon so that you will always be in my heart. Hearing that, Amma smiled and said, ‘Okay, Keela. You stay in the form of a mountain in this very holy river of Krishna. I will fulfill your wish after killing the Asuras in Krita Yuga’.