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Goddess Kanakadurga – About Goddess Kanaka Durga

Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the form of Kanakadurga in the famous Kanaka Durga Temple near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The popular belief is that Goddess Kanakadurga grants the wishes of her devotees immediately. Legend has it that a Yaksha named Indrakeela worshipped Goddess Shakti. His unwavering devotion got the blessing of Goddess. She granted Indrakeela Her eternal presence to him. The Yaksha then assumed the form of a hill and Goddess resided on the hill. Kanaka Durga Temple is located on the Indrakiladri Hill. How Goddess got the name Kanakadurga? Long ago King Madhava Varma ruled the present region of the temple. Once the prince of the kingdom was convicted of killing infants. The king ordered his son to be hanged till death. Pleased with his righteousness, Devi showered gold and resurrected the dead infants. Thereafter, Vijayawada came to be known as Kanakapuri and Amba as Kanakadurga. Scholars explain that Goddess Kanakadurga rep

Documentary of Tirupati Balaji Temple – Venkateswara Vaibhavam Documentary by TTD Made in 1952

Venkateswara Vaibhavam is a documentary made in 1952 by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in 1952. The documentary is in Telugu. Please note that the murti of Sri Venkateswara Balaji that is shown in the documentary is not the original Murti. A set of the temple was put to show the important rituals on the main murti of the temple. The documentary is excellent as it provides all the important aspects of the Balaji Temple including important spots, rituals and areas around Tirupati. A highlight is the prayers that are chanted during the pujas.