After some rest from the tiring train journey and with all the games that we played during the entire train journey we reached our friend’s place in Vijayawada and slept until early morning. Then we woke up and got ready to visit the famous Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada. On our way to the temple we even witnessed the beautiful orange yellow sunrise and took loads of pictures in different poses with the sun.
The temple is located on the river bed of river Krishna which is encompassed by the Indrakeeladri hill. The Goddess of Kanaka Durga is described as self-manifested (swayambhu) Triteeya kalpa and finds its mention in the Vedic literature such as Kaalika puraana and Durga Sapthashati. Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada is one of the famous temples in the vicinity of Vijayawada. One can either reach the temple on a vehicle, we had taken up two wheelers rented for the day or one can also take the steps to reach the main temple. During Durgashtami celebrated in the annual Indian festival of Dasshera, thousands of devotees from all parts of the city throng the Kanaka Durga temple. They visit the temple to offer their prayers to Kanaka Durga preceded by a holy dip in River Krishna. It is a believed mythical fact that Saint Adi Sankara had been to the temple and had installed the renowned Sri Chakra in the Kanaka Durga temple.
The beauty of the sculpture of the goddess Durga and the inscriptions on the temple walls must be witnessed to be believed. The beautiful golden temple shines brightly as the sun rays touch its tip. The Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada is the best way to start or aarambh the journey in the beautiful city of Vijayawada. The dwelling of goddess Kanaka Durga, the source of power, assets and compassion in the city of Vijayawada has enlightened the city in many ways. After our visit in the main temple we decided to sit in the temple hall for some time and to experience the divinity in peace. Our next destination was the Prakasam barrage and we had also carried an extra pair of clothes in case we decide to take a dip in waters of Vijayawada.