Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple, VisakhaPatnam

PictureAbout The Temple
According to local story, in the year 1912, the Idol of Godess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru was taken out from the well and it was installed at the center of the road i.e., amidst the Municipal lane. The Municipal authorities, for the purpose of widening the road, have shifted the Idol from admidst the road to a corner of the road. During which period i.e., in the year 1917 the dangerous contagious disease `Plauge’ spread over the town and so many deaths occurred in Visakhapatnam village. The people of Visakhapatnam were afraid of the incident and thought the devastation was due to shifting of idol of goddess `Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi’ and therefore, re-erected Ammavari Idol to its original place i.e., at the center of the road as it existed now. Owing to re-erection, the `Plague’ disease was cured and normalcy was restored. With this, the villagers have a staunch belief that it is all due to miracle of Goddess., and thus from then onwards the Villagers used to worship the Goddess by peforming sevas with much devotion. Further, the people of the vicinity have strong belief that ` Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru’ is the `MOTHER OF TRUTH’ and will always bless her devotees by fulfilling their requirements. The lady devotees have staunch belief that the Goddess bless them with “Sumangali”. The devotees of Goddess bring their newly born babies to the temple and keep them at the feet of Goddess and seek blessings.

Special Days- Margasira Masam

Devotees come and worship Goddess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru in large number during the month of Margasira. The number of devotees that worship her during this month exceeds the number of devotees that worship Her in the remaining eleven months. There will be huge congregation of devotees/pilgrims coming not only from different parts of the State and also from neighboring states. Large number of devotees would visit the temple during Margasiramasa Mahothsvam for darshan, particularly on Thursdays. Thursday is states to be very auspicious to the Goddess. An amount of Rs. 7,100/- is fixed to be collected for each puja by allowing two persons to perform Panchamruthabhishekam to the Goddess. During the remaining days, an amount of Rs. 2500/- is fixed to be collected for the same puja. The other important feature is Maladharana. The Maladharana is a recent one consisting of Mandala Deeksha and Margasira Deeksha to seek the blessings of the Goddess. This temple festival is very unique one, where much preference is given to ‘Annadanam’. The staunch belief of the devotees here is that they should partake in Annadanam and they would like to take meal(s). Every year, during one month festival, nearly 300 persons are to be fed daily; 600 people are to be fed on Thursdays on Saswatha Annadanam and approximately 10 thousand people are to be fed on the last day of the festival by collecting donations from the philanthropists. Elaborate arrangements are made by the Devasthanam for the convenience of the visiting pilgrims for darshan and worship of Goddess and for Annadanam during the festive days, Apart from this , there will be cultural programmes, religious discourses, Harikatha Kalakshepams and Veda Sabha during festive days. All precautionary measures will be taken for peaceful and successful conduction of the festival with the support of the District officials.

How to reach

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Nearest airport  :  VisakhaPatnam is connected by air to alllmost all major cities in india
Nearest Rail Head : This place is a major railway junction. Connceted from all over india

Once in Visakhapatanm, any mode of local transport can be used to reach there.

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