Kanaka Durga is the Goddess of power, riches and generosity. She is the presiding deity of the Kanaka Durga Temple which is built on the Indrakiladari Hill at the banks of River Krishna. The deity is regarded as self manifested (Swayambu) and is believed that Adi Sankara installed the Shri Chakra in the temple on his visit. The Goddess is regarded as the Supreme Goddess of Andhra Pradesh and her shrine attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
The date of installation of Kanaka Durga Devi at Vijayawada is unknown as it is believed to be a self manifestation. The Goddess is believed to have take over as the Chandi or destroyer of the demon Durgama who caused havoc among the peace loving inhabitants of Dakshinapatha. The temple has also been mentioned in the scriptures of the Saktimahimas and Sivaliks.
Various inscriptions from many dynasties can be seen here. A short walk from here can take visitors to the shrine of Malleshwara Swami. During the climb up, one can see various images of different deities. Plenty of devotees visit the temple during the Dussehra festival to offer prayers to the Goddess.