श्रीराम जय राम जय जय राम, শ্ৰীৰাংজয়ৰাংজয়জয়ৰাং, শ্রীরাম জয় রাম জয় জয় রাম , શ્રીરામ જય રામ જયજય રામ, ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಜಯರಾಮಜಯಜಯರಾಮ, ശ്രിറാം ജയ് റാം ജയ്‌ ജയ് റാം, శ్రీరాంజయరాంజయజయరాం

Kanak durga Temple (Andhra Pradesh)

Kanak durga temple

Kanak durga

Kanaka Durga the Goddess of power, riches and benevolence. The small but ancient temple of Kanaka Durga , a top the Indrakeeladri hill on the banks of the Sacred river Krishna in Vijayawada abounds with legends of historical interest is swarmed by lakhs of pilgrims for worship during the “Navarathri” festival which is celebrated with Religious fervor, pomp and festivity. Kaalika puraana, Durgaa sapthashati and other vedic literature have mentioned about Goddess Kanaka Durga on the Indrakeelaadri and have described the deity as Swayambhu, (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.

Indrakeeladri is unique in that it has been the chosen abode of Kanaka Durga and Her consort Malleswara as Swayambhu (the self-existent one). Here Durga is one the right side of Malleswara as against the tradition of Goddesses taking their position on the left of their consorts. This shows that Shakthi is predominant on the Indrakeeladri.

Legend has it that the demons acquired great powers by appeasing the Gods and began harassing the sages on the earth. Goddess Parvathi assumed various forms to kill these demons. It was kausiki to kill Sumbhu and Nisambhu, Mahisasura Mardini to kill Mahishasura and Durga to kill Durgamasura. “Kanaka Durga because she was aglow with golden hues, and prayed her to stay on earth and bless them. Kanaka Durga asked Keeludu an ardent devotee to take the form of hill to enable her stay on him. Thus Keeladri became the abode of Durga. She took the form of Mahisasura Mardini with eight arms holding different weapons, riding on a lion and trampling Mahishasura on the hill of Indrakeeladri. Her consort Shiva took his place on an adjacent hill rock as Jyothirlinga. He was worshipped by Lord Brahma with jasmines (Mallelu) whereby he got the name of Malleswara Swamy. As celestial beings like Indra visited the place, the hill came to be called Indrakeeladri.

Adi-Sankaracharya visited the temple and installed the Srichakra and initiated workship of Kanaka Durga in vedic ways.

Located in the heart of Vijayawada city, the temple is just a 10 minutes drive from the railway station and Bus stand and about 20km from airport. Vijayawada is located 275 kilometers from Hyderabad. It is well connected by road rail and air from all parts of the country

Virbhadrehwara temple Lepakshi

Lord Virbhadreshwar Lepakshi temple AP

The temple, a wonderful example of the Vijayanagara Architectural style and art and a master piece of art work done by the Vishwakarma Brahmin Stapathis who sculpted this temple. This was built in the 16th century and sits on a mount. The presiding deity is Veerabhadra.[1]

In the exquisite shrine is a wealth of magnificent sculpture in the intricate mandapams. One mandapam has pillars with life-sized images of dancers, musicians and other sculptures, created by the artisans of the Vijayanagar empire. The huge granite Nandi Bull is carved out of a single stone. The ceilings have breathtakingly beautiful mural paintings.[2]

Thousand Pillar Temple- Warangal

1000 piller temple AP

Thousand Pillar Temple- Warangal is built by King Rudra Deva in the year 1163 A.D . Warangal is flooded with splendid temples, historical monuments and huge forts. The Kakatiya rulers have beautified this region. The Thousand Pillar Temple reflects the magnificence of the Chalukya kings.

The Thousand Pillar Temple- Warangal is built in the shape of a star. The temple constitutes of three shrines, where the presiding deities are Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya. As the name of the temple reflects there are one thousand intricately carved pillars. The sculpture of ‘Nandi’ the holy bull of Lord Shiva, carved out of monolithic black basalt stone has a glossy finish which is a splendid piece of art. The Thousand Pillar Temple is constructed, on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill,on a 1 metre high platform. Many small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva encircle the garden of the temple.

The Thousand Pillar Temple in Warangal, can be reached through rail, road, and air. The nearest airport from Warangal is at Hyderabad, which is 157-km away. The railway station of Warangal links the city with the various major cities of India. Both State and Private buses ply from Warangal to connect it with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam and some of the important districts of Andhra Pradesh and the neighboring states