Day 1/9 | The Pilgrims Arrive in Vijayawada – East India
Following the Master | East India Pilgrimage 2019
01 February 2019
After an early start, we got on a 7-hour train journey to our first location of the East India pilgrimage, Vijayawada.
After the check-in and lunch, we had the official welcome meeting with Guruji and the pilgrims that arrived from all over the world to follow the footsteps of Sri Narasimha and Sri Rama.
As the golden finale of the day, we went to the famous local temple dedicated to Kanaka Durga to receive the evening Darshan.
More about Kanaka Temple & Vijayawada
Vijayawada is a sacred pilgrim centre housing one of the most famous and splendid temples dedicated to Goddess Kanaka Durga, who manifested herself (swayambhu) here. The temple is situated on the mountain Indrakeeladri on the banks of River Krishna.
The legend says, a Yaksha (demon) named Keela performed great penance and when Goddess Durga appeared, he requested her to be present in him. The Goddess asked him to assume the form of a mountain and promised that she would reside on him after killing Mahishasura. As such, by the order of Goddess Durga, Keela had been waiting in the form of a mountain. In Kritha Yuga, Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura who was a disaster for the world. She took the form of Mahishasura Mardini with eight arms holding different weapons, riding on a lion and trampling Mahishasura on the Keela mountain as she had given the boon. At this time she was shining in golden colour and the Gods praised her as Kanaka Durga. The mountain has attained the name Indrakeeladri from those times since Indra and all the deities were visiting this mountain.
Then Brahma Deva had a sacred intuition that Lord Shiva also should prevail on this mountain. For this holy purpose, he performed a Sata Aswamedha Yagna. Lord Shiva, pleased with his devotion, rested in the form of a Jyothirlinga on this mountain. Since Lord Shiva was worshipped with jasmine flowers (Mallika) by Brahma, he has attained the name Mallikesa.
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