The Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Located in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh, this astounding architecture is built in Dravidian fashion. The temple is surrounded by the hills of Inrakeeladri, right along the banks of the Krishna River. The temple finds mention in many sacred texts and Vedic literature as well and is a revered temple among devotees and followers.
Resting atop a small hillock in the southeast corner of Vijayawada is the Sri Ramalingeswara Swami vari Devasthanam. Decked in a canopy of tall dense trees, this holy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is decorated like a bride, come Mahashivratri. You will also be treated to a breathtaking view of the colourful city and the River Krishna from here.
Dedicated to the Lord of serpents Kartikeya, the Subramanya Swamy Temple is a shrine located in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), set on the foot of the Indrakiladari Hills. The temple worships all three forms of Lord Subramanya- Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy as a boy, Sri Valli Devayanai- his original form and lastly in the form of a serpent. It is carved out of sparkling white stone with intricate stonework embellishing the facade.
One of the most renowned Jain temples, this structure houses he only Jain Shrine in the area. Adorned with Jain style of architecture, this is also one of the most beautiful structures n town.
Settled by the banks of River Krishna, the striking three-storeyed building of ISKCON in Vijayawada houses two mesmerizingly stunning marble idols of Lord Krishna and Radha standing side by side. The faint vibrations of ¥om' playing in the background will relax your nerves as soon as you enter the temple. Mahaprasad facility is also available here.
The Marakata Rajeswari Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The prime deity of the temple, mother Goddess Rajarajeswari is widely worshipped by Sri Vidya Upasakas. The temple has various other deities and sculptures carved out of stones. An interesting fact about the temple architecture is that it is made completely out of stone, housing the Nine Avaranas, Six Chakras, their Deities, Nava Durgas and 18 Ashtadasa Shakti Peethas. The idol of Goddess Rajarajeswari is carved out of Emerald or Marklata, hence the temple is called Marakata Rajeswari Devi Mandir. Among so many festivals that are celebrated at the temple, it’s most popular and sacred festival is the Sri Bala Swamiji birthday celebrations.
Also known as the Dwarka temple, this temple is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh is the district of Vijayawada. The principal deity of this ancient temple is Lord Venkateshwara. The rituals and customs in the temple are almost the same as those performed in the world-renowned shrine of the Sri Venkateswara in Tirumala. The major pilgrim location is named after the famous saint Dwarka who self-manifested as the Lord Sri Venkateswara. The pilgrims who come to offer their prayers in the form of ‘Pedda Tirupati’ to the Lord in the temple.
The Dasanjaneya Swamy Vaari Temple is located on Eluru Road, Vijayawada. This temple is home to Lord Anjaneya. The major festivals that are celebrated by the locals in this temple are the Hanuman Jayanti and Dhanurmasan. A famous ritual known as Aku, or leaf puja, is performed with great reverence in the Sri Dasanjaneya Swamy Vaari Temple. On Tuesdays, the temple sees a great crowd of people who come to offer their prayers to the Lord Anjaneya. The temple is open on all days from 5.30 am up to 9 pm.
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