Kanakamahalakshmi Temple | The Family deity of Vizag's Rulers
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The family deity of the rulers of Vizag. They consecrated her a century ago in the centre of a narrow street within the `Buruju' (fort) and the area came to be known as Burujupeta. She is "Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavaru" and is worshipped as the `Guardian of the city'. The temple is without a roof and has no walls on the four sides. Another unique feature of this mystic temple evolves around its rituals. Here the pujas are performe d by devotees themselves in their own respective style unlike in most temples where it is performed by a priest.

The mystic temple and the equally mystifying deity preside in the heart of the locals and they worship Her for good health, prosperity and to get rid of all the hurdles in their life.





It is believed that the idol of the deity was taken out from a well nearby. Till 1912, She was worshipped where they consecrated Her and the street was widened to facilitate the devotees and flow of traffic. Subsequently the Vizagapatam Municipality shifted the deity to a corner. Natives believe that it was after this incident there was an outbreak of severe plague in 1917 that took many lives. To overcome the epidemic She was reinstalled at Her earlier place, and it was only then that they could control the plague. And since then She is worshipped by all with fervour and devotion.

So far as Sthalapuranam of this Temple is concerned there is no authentic information. It is learnt that Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru is the family deity of the then ‘Rajas of Vizag’. The locality where the idol was found is called ‘Burujupeta’ since it was near ‘Buruju’ of the ‘Fort’ of the then Rajas.It is learnt that in the year 1912 the Idol of Goddess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru was taken out from the well and it was installed at the center of the road i.e., amidst the Municipal lane. The Municipal authorities, for the purpose of widening the road, have shifted the Idol from amidst the road to a corner of the road. During which period i.e., in the year 1917 the dangerous contagious disease ‘Plague’ spread over the town and so many deaths occurred in Vizagapatam village. The people of Vizag were afraid of the incident and thought the devastation was due to shifting of idol of goddess ‘Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi’ and therefore, re-erected Ammavari Idol to its original place i.e., at the center of the road as it existed now. Owing to re-erection, the ‘Plague’ disease was cured and normalcy was restored. With this, the villagers have a staunch belief that it is all due to miracle of Goddess., and thus from then onwards the Villagers used to worship the Goddess by performing sevas with much devotion. Further, the people of the vicinity have strong belief that ‘Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavaru’ is the ‘MOTHER OF TRUTH’ and will always bless her devotees by fulfilling their requirements. The lady devotees have staunch belief that the Goddess bless them with “Sumangali”. The devotees of Goddess bring their newly born babies to the temple and keep them at the pial of Goddess and seek blessings. How to reach the Temple. This temple is situated in the heart of the Vizag city.
How to Reach There
The temple can be reached by state run buses as well as since it is inthe city auto rikshaws can be sued.
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