is a much -frequented popular shrine, and the deity has become a
household Goddess of thousands of people here. Kanakadurga and
Vijayawada are so interlinked and they are not two in one, but one
in two. Mention Kanakadurga, Vijayawada in its glory parades
before our mental eyes; Uttar, Vijayawada, Kanakadurga in her
ethereal splendour stands before you and beckons a visit to her
Sannidhi. No theist goes back without worshipping her in his visit
to this city, whatever may be the pressure of time exerts on him.
Modern Vijaywada owes its name, glory, prosperity to this
All-Powerful Jaganmata, whose bounteous benignty is making it grow
in dasadisas to the jealousy of many cities in Andhra Pradesh, or
other states. The citizens too are equally grateful and enthusiastic
in displaying their pure devotion by spending lacs of rupees on
festival days and conducting regular pujas on a grand scale and
proving worthy of her Vatsalya. About the origin of the temple,
there are several versions. Legends are many but claims are
contradictory. Mata Kanakadurga according to one Purana emerged into
this world by the power of penance of Sailasakthi, a manifestation
of Indrakila hill itself to relieve the people from asura menace.
And other version affirms that this holy shrine is one among the
eighteen Saktipitas, and she is one of the forms of Sakti. Padma
purana proclaims that Kanakadurga is a manifestation of Parvathi.