Updated: Mar 9
Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi ammavaaru temple, popularly known as sthalapuranam states that the IDOL of Sri kanaka Mahalakshmi ammavaaru was found in burujupeta, the area named so because the kings of then, used to call their forts as "buruju" and place where the fort is situated is known to be "PETA".
It is now located at Town Kotha Road, Burujupeta, Chengal Rao Peta, Port Area, Visakhapatnam, which is at a distance of 3.4 km i.e; 12 minutes from the railway station and 4.0 km i,e; 14 minutes from the bus station.
It is believed that Sri kanaka maha Lakshmi ammavaaru was the family deity of the kings of that particular era.
History of Idol
The idol of Sri kanaka Mahalakshmi ammavaaru was found in 1912, in the burujupeta and it was discovered from a well that is pulled and installed in the middle the road.
This was later on moved to the other side of the road due to municipal authorities decided to widen the road in 1917.
Not so late then, Visakhapatnam was affected by plague disease which has caused numerous deaths, it was believed that the devastation was due to the shift of the idol.
Therefore, soon the idol was reinstalled at its original place (to date) and very soon after that the plague disease was cured and normalcy restored.
From that day to till date, it is the belief of locals that Sri kanaka Mahalakshmi ammavaaru is the mother of truth and can rescue her devotees from any possible obstacle.
It is highly believed by a married woman that, the goddess blesses them with a peaceful marital life.
The newlyweds reach the temple soon after the marriage to take the blessings and start their new era of life together.
The newly born babies are brought to the temple and placed at the feet of Sri kanaka Mahalakshmi ammavaaru to take blessings of having a healthy life ahead.
Best time to visit
It is a feast to eyes while you visit the temple while the month of margasira according to the Telugu calendar.
It is an auspicious month where the celebrations are named as “margasira mahothsavam”.
In this month, there will be a huge congregation of pilgrims/devotees not only from the other parts of the state but also from the neighboring states.
Celebrating Margasira Mahothsavam
There’s a special pooja be conducted on this very occasion every Thursday of the month which is named “panchamrutha abhishekam”, this puja can be done by the very own hands of devotees.
Thursday is considered as a very auspicious day to the goddess.
The other important and mostly followed tradition is “Muladhara”, where devotees will be worshipping the goddess for mandalam days (i.,e 40-42 days) by putting a mala and doing the daily rituals to the goddess.
The important feature of this festival is “Annadhaanam” (distributing/serving food)
Every year, during the 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.
All through this month, ammavaaru is decorated with different flowers every day and different avatars every week.
Other highlights of the festival
Apart from this, there will be cultural programs, religious discourses, Harikatha Kalakshepams and Veda Sabha during festive days.
While having fun it is also important to visit places of history and witness the beauty, and I can assure that this temple could be one of those, so don’t miss it!
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