Gopuram of Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada

Summary: If you want to visit some holy places during your Vijayawada trip, the best place you can choose without any doubt whatsoever is the Kanaka Durga Temple.

Kanaka Durga Temple respectfully called as Kanakadurgamma temple is located on the banks of the Krishna River. It is actually a hill-based temple as the goddess is rightly blessing the people from atop the Indrakeeladri Hill. The special thing about this deity is that she is self-manifested. This means that she was not made by artisans, but her idol was found in the hill naturally. The temple holds the honour of being the second largest in the state of Andhra Pradesh and one of the largest temples in the entire nation.

Goddess Kanaka Durga Vijayawada

Reason behind the name of the deity:
During the Krithayuga goddess Durga killed the demon named Mahishasura, who was creating great troubles to good people in the world. This brought her the name as Mahishasura Mardhini, meaning destroyer of Mahishasura. Then, the goddess showed herself in the Keela Mountain with eight arms as she promised to a yaksha named Keela. When she reached Keela Mountain in the form of Mahishasura Mardhini, she had eight arms and she appeared in golden colour for the devas. The chief of devas, Indra started praising the goddess as Kanaka Durga as she was looking in golden color and started worshipping her daily. This is the reason behind the name of the goddess.

History of the temple:
As mentioned earlier, there was a yaksha named Keela and he was terribly punishing himself to get the direct view of the goddess. She was pleased by the prayers of Keela and asked him to tell his desire, so that she will do it for him. Keela requested that the only favour he wanted from the goddess is that she should always be in his heart. The mother replied that she gives Keela the blessing of being in the same place in the form of mountain (presently called as Indrakeeladri Hill) and she also promised that in Krithayuga, after I kill demons, I will remain in your heart from thereon.

As promised to Keela, during the Krithayuga, the mother killed Mahishasura and appeared in the Keela Mountain in the same form with 8 arms. As she was glowing in golden colour, the mountain also looked golden and was called as Kanakachala, which means golden hill. Then, it got the name as Indrakeeladri because all devas inclusive of Indra were performing prayers towards the goddess in Keela hills, which means Keeladri, the name of the mountain turned out to be Indrakeeladri.

Kanaka Durga Temple over the years

Deity for Lord Shiva:


IndraKeeladri became a sacred place of worship right from the Krithayuga and once Brahma Deva thought that Lord Shiva should also be present in the mountain to make it further holy. So, Brahma Deva started praying Lord Shiva to make his presence near Kanaka Durga Temple, by performing Sata Aswamedha Yaga. Pleased by the Prayers of Brahma Deva, Lord Shiva, also called as Maheswara rested in the form of Jyothirlinga on Indrakeeladri. Brahma Deva continued to pray the deity of Maheswara with jasmine flowers, which is called as mallika in different languages. As mallika flowers were used for performing prayers to the Maheswara in this hill, the lord got the name as Mallikesa.


Then, years passed by and during the Dwaparayuga, one of the pandava brothers, Arjuna was offering terrible prayers to lord Parameswara for seeking Pasupastram, which is a weapon. The lord wanted to test the dedication of Arjuna towards his goal of attaining the weapon and so he fought with Arjuna. As the lord fought with the eminent Arjuna without any fear, he was called as Mallikeswara and as he was pleased with the dedication of Arjuna, offered him the requested weapon.


Again, years passed by and then came the Kaliyuga, during which Jagadguru Sri Adhi Sankaracharya came to know that the Malleswara lingam was in bad and invisible condition. So, he reinstalled the swamy at the northern side of the temple of Goddess Kanaka Durga. From thereon, both the goddess and the Lord Mallikeswara are being worshipped by the devotees. As the goddess was the first to appear in this hill, the temple is called by her name as Kanaka Durga Kshetra. Inscriptions in this temple shows that the lord and the goddess performed many leelas in this place and so it is considered to be a powerful temple that satisfies the materialistic wishes of the devotees, besides satisfying their final desire of birth-lessness.

Kanaka Durga Temple Illuminated on Dasara Night


When the hill came in the way of the Krishna River, request was made by the gods to allow a place for the river to pass through the hill, so that she can reach the ocean. But, the river as she was faster, occupied more space and took a part of the hill along with her when flowing through the hill. This is why at a distance of about four miles from the Indrakeeladri, there is a small hillrock called as Thelukonda, which means floating hillrock.

At the end of Kaliyuga:

It is also stated that the Durga Devi borrowed the nose stud from Krishna River and as she did not want to give it back to Krishna, she is staying atop the hill. But, Krishna has promised that she will reach atop the hill at the end of Kaliyuga to take her nose stud back. This is why it is believed that there will be an excess water flow in Krishna River, when the end of Kaliyuga approaches fast.

Newly Constructed Gopuram of Kanak Durga Temple

Dasara Celebrations in the Temple:

Kanakadurga Temple is famous for its Dasara Celebrations, which are also called as Navaratri Celebrations. The most significant days are Saraswati puja at Mula Nakshatram Day and Theppotsavam at the last day

Below are the avatarams on the Navaratri Days.

  • Day 1 - Sri Swarna Kavachalakruta Durga Devi
  • Day 2 - Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Devi
  • Day 3 - Sri Annapurna Devi
  • Day 4 - Sri Gayatri Devi
  • Day 5- Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi
  • Day 6 - Sri Saraswati Devi
  • Day 7 - Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi
  • Day 8 - Sri Durga Devi
  • Day 9 - Sri Mahishasura Mardhini Devi
  • Day 10 - Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi

Note: Alankarams may change according to Thidis and nakshatrams every year

Teppotsavam Kanaka Durga Temple Vijayawada

How to reach the temple?
If you wish to get the blessings of this great goddess, there need not be any worry. The reason is that this temple is located right on the heart of the city of Vijayawada and it can be reached within just 10-minute drive both from the Vijayawada Bus Station and Vijayawada Railway Station. The city of Vijayawada itself is well-connected to different cities in India through different forms of transport like road, rail and air and it is located at a distance of about 275 Kilometers from Hyderabad.

Free Service of Bus to Durga Temple Vijayawaa

Plan your visit to get your materialistic wishes come true with the blessings of Sri Durgamma and Sri Mallikeswara.

Icon of Bhavani Island Vijayawada

Summary: So, you are in Vijayawada or even in the nearby cities looking for a relaxing weekend. The best choice available for you is Bhavani Island in Vijayawada.

Have you ever imagined about spending your weekend with your family in a river Island that is closely connected with spirituality? Yes, Bhavani Island in Vijayawada will bring this dream come true for you and your family members. Do you know why this Island got this name? The reason is that the main deity in the popular Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada is also called as Bhavani and this is why the island is also given the name and it is also located in close to the religious spot.

Bhavani Island View from Krishna River

Activities for tourists:
As this place has an excellent potential to provide the best relaxation from the busy city life for the tourists, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) decided to convert it into the tourist spot and this is now a fully-functioning spot with a whole lot of attractions and activities for the tourists like:

  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Adventurous boat rides
  • Swimming pool
  • Pleasure cruise and
  • Boating facilities
  • Rope way

When you visit Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada, taking a boat ride from the barrage to the Bhavani Island is something that you should never miss out.

Water Games at Bhavani Island

APTDC operated resort for tourists:

Even though, there are many river-front resorts on this island, the APTDC is operating a cottage called Haritha cottage with facilities like Air-conditioned suite, suite without AC and tree top rooms. For details and for booking of suites in Haritha Cottage, you can get in touch with the appropriate authorities at 9848779685, 9848779686 and 9848910517. The affordability is what makes this Cottage stay attractive for the tourists as against many private-operated resorts.

In short, Bhavani Island is the place to relax and you will find really out of the busy city life for a few days. It is the ideal place to relax, rest and enjoy yourself in sparkling water bodies, Rolling Meadows, pure copses, well-maintained gardens and spending time amidst the great mangroves is something that will take you very close to the nature with water surrounding.

Bhavani Island Boating Point

Bhavani Island on the news:

News that hit the newspapers on the month of May 2015 was that the sprawling 133-acre river island is going to invite many attractions to enthral visitors. Accordingly, plans for establishment of arts and crafts village called as Shilaparamam was announced by the APTDC. This project was announced for displaying the kondapally toys made by local artisans as a means of benefiting both the tourists and artisans. An Amphitheatre is also on the pipeline. Even rural museum and water-roller are also being planned by the APTDC.

Champions Yacht Club also announced the Launch of Cruises and Floating Cottages project along with numerous Water sports and Adventure sports

Evening View of Bhavani Island Vijayawada

Best time to visit:
Winter season (i.e.) from August to February is the ideal time to plan your visit to this island. The reason is that this season will give you picturesque views and pleasant weather to enjoy the attractions.

Bhavani Island Boating Point View From Krishna River

How to reach?
As mentioned earlier, boat service is operated from the city of Vijayawada and even local people, who do not want to stay in the island, can take up the boat trips and can return back after spending some time there.


Prakasam Barrage

Latest View of Prakasam Barrage Vijayawada

Summary: If you are planning your trip to Vijayawada, never forget to plan your visit to the Prakasam Barrage.

If you are exploring the attractions in Vijayawada, the place that you should never miss out to include in your itinerary is of course the Prakasam Barrage. Before getting into the details about this Barrage, the thing to remember is that it is located close to the most popular temple in Vijayawada called Sri Durga Malleswari Temple. So, when you are planning to visit the Barrage, you can include this temple as well in your trip plan.

About the Barrage:

The structure of the Prakasam Barrage runs nearly 1223m across the great Krishna River. The great thing about this barrage is that this river links the Krishna district on which the city of Vijayawada is located with the nearby Guntur District. Even, the barrage acts as the road bridge between these two districts in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city of Vijayawada holds the pride of hosting the three canals that are connected with the barrage – Bandar canal, Eluru canal and Ryves canal. The Barrage was necessitated to be constructed to meet the demands of the increased irrigation ayacut of 13 Lakhs acres. It has total 76 pillars in which, 70 pillars fall under Guntur and 6 pillars fall under Krishna district.

Prakasam Barrage Construction Photo

History of the Barrage:

The idea of construction of barrage across the Krishna River arose as early as 1798 when India was under British Rule. Even though, initiatives began in the year 1839, the plan was endorsed by the East India Company Board of Directors only on the 5th of January 1850. The construction began in the year 1852 and was accomplished in 1855.

Prakasam Barrage Construction Photo

After independence:
Later, the state government of Andhra built a bridge in the name of Tanguturi Prakasam, who was the first Chief Minister of the state and the project was concluded in the year 1957 and from thereon it was helpful for irrigating nearly 1.2 million acres of agricultural land. The construction actually began on the 13th of February 1954 and it was operational from the 24th of December 1957.

The great thing about this construction is that it was built just within 3 and half years with the best quality and affordable cost. Yes, the project cost was just Rs.2.78 crores during that period. Even, this barrage is supplying water to the Buckingham Canal, which is being used as irrigation water supply canal. The Prakasam Barrage holds the pride of being one of the major irrigation projects in entire South India.

Road Connection Guntur Krishna, Before construction of Prakasam barrage

Benefits of Prakasam Barrage to the state:

  • The Barrage assures water supply not just to the Krishna and Guntur Districts, but it serves the Prakasam and West Godavari Districts as well.
  • Due to the irrigation from this Barrage, nearly Rs.2500 crores worth of food grains can be produced each year, thereby improving the agricultural revenue for the state.
  • Transportation is also eased and it stated that this Barrage brings strategic value for movement of exports and imports on National Highway 5.

Tourist attraction too:

Not just for irrigating the agricultural lands, this Barrage also contributes its great share towards tourism development in the city of Vijayawada.

Night View of Prakasam Barrage

What is the best time to plan your visit?

The best time to visit is between the months of November and March and the barrage remains open for tourists all-round the day.

Some details for Tourists:

  • Nearest airport: Vijayawada airport is the nearest airport and the distance between the airport and the barrage is 24 kms or 14.9 miles or 13 nautical miles.
  • Nearest Railway Station: The barrage is located just at a distance of around 2-3 kms or 1.9 miles from the Vijayawada Railway Station.

Prakasam Barrage view from Kanaka Durga temple, Vijayawada

The great thing worth to mention about Prakasam Barrage is that you can get an unbeatable wide angle view of the entire city of Vijayawada when you ride on this barrage.

So, are you ready for the trip? Do share your thoughts about this great spot after your visit.