Kanaka Durga – The Goddess of Power
Kanaka Durga is a form of the supreme goddess Durga. The word “Kanaka” in Sanskrit translates to “gold” and, hence, the goddess has a golden hue around her. Kanaka DurgaKanaka Durga
Kanaka Durga is a form of the supreme goddess Durga. The word “Kanaka” in Sanskrit translates to “gold” and, hence, is regarded as Swayambhu – the self-manifested; as such is regarded as one of the most powerful goddesses of the Hindus.
Kanaka Durga is often depicted as a beautiful woman with a golden hue around her and an enchanting charisma. She is portrayed to have eight arms and in each of them, she holds weapons like sword, trident, discus etc. Her vehicle is a lion and she is shown standing on the demon Mahishasura.
A very famous legend states that once upon a time many powerful demons performed penance in order to please the gods. Consequently, the gods were pleased and the demons asked for immense power and strength as boon. The gods had no choice but to grant them the boon they desired and, therefore, after some time the demons became very powerful. They began to spread chaos and havoc all around the world. They even defeated many gods and demigods let alone human beings. While they were troubling everyone including many sages, one of the sages named Indrakila, prayed to Durga with great devotion and sincerity and asked for her help to free them from the tyranny of the demons. Durga was pleased by his prayers and assumed the form of Kanaka Durga and came down on earth. One of the very powerful demons was Mahishasura, He was a demon who had the power to transform into a buffalo at will. He was blessed by Brahma that no man could kill him. He wanted to take over the heaven and conquer the universe. Durga failed him in his attempt by fighting and killing him. According to some legends, he is believed to be a great devotee of Durga, who played her enemy on her request as she wanted to teach the value of heaven to various Gods who was creating a lot of destruction on earth. Soon, Kanaka Durga encountered him and killed him. Indrakila then prayed to her to stay on earth and bless everyone. Kanaka Durga then agreed to his prayers and made Indrakila her abode. Indrakila is supposed to have assumed the form of a hill. Hence, one of the most famous temples of Kanaka Durga is on the Indrakiladri Hill in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Kanaka Durga’s consort ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... took abode on an adjacent hill as Jyotirlinga.
Another legend states that once Indrakiladri came in way of the passage of holy river Krishna. When the gods approached the Indrakiladri hill to make way for Krishna, he allowed her to pass through by making a small passage for her. However, KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... went ferociously through the passage carrying away with her some rocks and parts of the hill. At around the same time Durga, in form of Kanaka Durga, borrowed an earring from Krishna. She then decided not to return it to her and jumped to the top of Indrakiladri hill. Krishna tried to reach for her but her attempts went in vain. It is believed that during the end of KaliKali
There are several traditions of how Kali came into existence... Yuga, the last era of the world, Krishna would raise its water level and will be able to reach the top of the hill.
Worship and Beliefs
The goddess blesses her devotees and worshippers and protects them from all the demons and evils of the world. The Kanaka Durga temple at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh is regarded as the most important place of pilgrimage attributed to Kanaka Durga. One of the most important festivals associated with the goddess is Navaratri, which culminates with VijayaDashmi. Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra is another major festival associated with her. During the festivals people from all around the world visit the temple and spread turmeric powder and vermilion on the steps of the temple in order to please the goddess and ward off the evil spirits. The goddess assumes the form of the destroyer to ward off the demons, and that of the protector to bless her followers. Kanaka Durga is believed to symbolize power, richness and benevolence.