Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Visakhapatnam Temple draws massive crowds in the Telugu month, Magasira Masam. The speciality of this temple is that, although there is a large covered room, the idol itself has no ceiling above. This, according to the locals, is what the Goddess had wanted. Perhaps the most famous shrine in the narrow alleys of the One Town area in the city of Visakhapatnam (Vizag), devotees bring the newborn to receive blessings, and the newlyweds head straight for the temple. A visit here shows some of Vizag’s oldest and busiest lanes.
Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Visakhapatnam Temple, as the people of Vizag know it, is just over 100 years old, and the existing shrine was consecrated in 1912. Built as a small shrine in old Burujupeta, the temple has become a massive structure with a five level Gopuram and it seems to be constantly expanding. In so far as Sthalapuranam of this Temple is concerned, there is no authentic information. Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru is known to be the family deity of the then Rajas of Visakhapatnam (Vizag). The locality, where the idol was found, is called Burujupeta, since it was close to Buruju from the Fort of the then Rajas.
According to native history, in 1912, the idol of the goddess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru was taken from the well and placed in the center of the road, that is, in the middle of the municipal lane. The municipal authorities, in order to widen the road, have changed the idol in the middle of the road to a corner of the street. Throughout this period, that is, within the year 1917, the dangerous contagion `The plague came into contact with the city, which led to several deaths in the village of Visakhapatnam (Vizag).
The people of Visakhapatnam feared the incident and thought that the devastation was due to the displacement of an idol of the goddess `Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi and, therefore, erected Ammavaru Idol in its original place, that is, in the middle of the way because it currently existed. Attributable to reelection, the plague disease was cured and normality improved. With this, the villagers firmly believe that everything is thanks to the miracle of God, and since then, villagers have not usually worshiped the god by performing sevas with much devotion.
Further, the individuals of the locality have a conviction that Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru is that the MOTHER OF TRUTH and can continually bless her devotees by fulfilling their necessities. the woman devotees have a staunch belief that the goddess blesses them with Sumangali. Devotees of God bring their newborn babies to the temple and hold them at the feet of the goddess and obtain blessings.
Daily Pooja / Temple Seva Timings
- Panchamruthabhishekam, Sahasranamarchana, Balabhoga Nivedhana
5:00 a.m to 6:00 a.m.
- Sarva Darsanams 6:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m
- Panchamruthabhishekam, Astotharanamarchana, Rajabhogam, Mahanivedhana
11:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m
- Sarva Darsanams 12:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m
- Panchamruthabhishekam, Astothara Sathanamarchana, Sayamnivedhana
6:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m
- Sarva Darsanams 6:30 p.m to 5:00 a.m
- KumKum Pooja 7:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m
- Ksheerabhishekam Pooja 8:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m (Performed on every Friday)
Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Visakhapatnam Temple (Vizag)
Address: Burujupeta, Chengal Rao Peta, Port Area, Town Kotha Road, Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Andhra Pradesh, India.