Kanaka Durga Temple is located on top of the hill at Vijaywada. Malleswara Swamy was built in the 10th Century AD by the King Thribhuvana Malla from Western Chalukya dynasty
Kanaka Durga Temple History
Goddess Kanaka Durga self-manifested here. As per the Legends, Malleswara was installed by Yudhistra, elder brother of Pandavas. Arjuna, one of the Pandava brother’s installed Vijayeswara to celebrate his victory with Lord Siva. Arjuna performed penance for Lord Siva seeking Pasupatha Astra. Lord Siva took the form of Hunter, Goddess Parvati as Huntress and Siva Ganas took various forms to test the devotion of Arjuna. Lord Siva as a hunter started hunting wild boar on the Indrakiladri mountain. Wild boar while escaping from the hunter came near to Arjuna. Arjuna thought of shooting board with his bow and arrow. This lead to the fight between Lord Siva and Arjuna. Though Arjuna was no match for Lord Siva, tried to his best to win the fight. Impressed Lord Siva appeared him in actual form and blessed Arjuna with Pasupatha Astra. To commemorate this great event, Arjuna installed Lord Siva and offered his prayers. Lord Siva here called by Vijayeswara. Arjuna the great wrestler called the Lord Siva Malleswara.
An interesting story associated with Malleswara Swamy Temple.
Kanaka Durga Temple Timings
Morning Hours: 4:00 am – 5:45 pm
Evening Hours: 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Kanaka Durga Temple Kalyanakatta Timings: 3:00 am – 9:00 pm
How to reach Kanaka Durga Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Vijayawada, which is 21 km away
- Vijayawada Railway station is well connected with all parts of India. Temple is 2.1 km from Railway station.
- Direct buses to Vijayawada are available from all parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.