Just as serene is the Jain Temple, the Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada is known for its vibrant atmosphere. This Hindu Temple finds its inclusion in the Vedas where there are plenty of theories about its origin. The temple is said to be situated on the Indrakeeladri Hills and we were moving towards it. The chief deity of the Temple is the Bhadrakali avatar of the all powerful Goddess Kali. Situated along the banks of the River Krishna, the deity here is believed to be ‘Swayambhu’ which means that among the earliest Vedic literature, it has been said that the deity presented herself in the region.
There are a couple of very interesting stories related with the existence of the temple here. One which is unanimously believed is that it is here where Arjuna, one among the five Pandavas did penance for the Pashupatha Astra before the commencement of Mahabharata. The temple is said to have been built by him. In another legend, it is said that Sage Indrakila worshipped Goddess Kali for years to rescue the region from the evils of the demons. The Goddess has since then, at the behest of the sage been in the temple to protect the region from the evil. The famous story of the end of Mahishasura by Goddess Durga also finds relevance here. I laid my eyes on Maa and the look of the Goddess evoked a feeling of protection in me as if the deity has stood here since the dawn of time to protect her devotees.
I can only imagine the festivities that must take place in Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada in Dusshera and in Navratri when devotees come from almost all cities to celebrate the occasion with great reverence and enthusiasm. Situated in the heart of Vijayawada, the temple is synonymous with the culture and life of the people of Vijaywada. The day had reached its end and so did our sightseeing. I had been carrying eatables for Sanvi which sufficed for our lunch but it was time now to get back to the hotel for some rest. I would follow the same timings for my sightseeing to Bhavani Island Vijayawada the next day.