The Kanaka Durga temple is located in a village called Raulapalli in the Ganjam distict of Orissa. The temple is situated over a small hill and is dedicated to Goddess Mahishamardini. From the temple’s architecture style and few local inscriptions that were found, it can be deduced that the temple was renovated around the early 19th century, on account of damage to the original temple. The temple is considered a Pancharatha shrine, qualifying the various criteria’s of a Kalingan temple. It consists of a Rekha deula (vimana), Pidha deula (jagamohana), Pidha deula (natamandapa). The presiding deity of this shrine is Maa Durga, who is in the form of Goddess Mahishasuramardhini. The Goddess is seen possessing six hands and is slaying the evil demon Mahishasura. The festival of Durga Puja is the most important festival of this shrine, which is celebrated with utmost devotion and joy by the devotees.
About the Temple
The temple is primarily dedicated to the six-armed goddess Mahisasuramardini, who is a form of Goddess Durga Devi. Other deities of the temple include Lord Brahma, Ganesa, Sivani, Lord Visnu, Kartikeya, Nandi Dev etc. The temple greatly resembles the Kalingan style of architecture. It is decorated with beautiful ornaments and is built in accordance to the Ashlar dry masonry. Khandolite stone and lime plaster are applied on the exteriors of the temple. The temple is said to be renovated around the early 19th century, since the old temple is believed to have been damaged.
How to reach Kanaka Durga temple
The shrine is situated about 6km from Jaugada, Orissa. Taxis or buses can be got from Berhampur via Purushottampur to Pandia and then to Raulapalli. The closest railway station is located at Berhampur.
Kanaka Durga temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah
Meaning -Goddess Durga is omnipresent and a personification of the universal mother, who is omnipresent and who embodies power and energy. Oh great mother, who also embodies peace, I bow to you, mother, I bow to Durga and I bow to Shakti.
Ayi Giri Nandini Nandita Medini Vishva Vinodini Nandi Nute Giri Vara Vindhya Shiro Adhi Nivaasini Vissnnu Vilaasini Jissnnu Nute Bhagavati He Shiti Kannttha Kuttumbini Bhuri Kuttumbini Bhuri Krte Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura Mardini Ramya Kapardini Shaila Sute
Meaning -I offer my salutations to the mountain's daughter, who fills the world with joy, who is praised by Nandi, who lives on Vindhya's summits, who gives joy to Her brother Lord Vishnu and who Lord Indra praises, Oh Goddess who is Lord Shiva's consort and who created abundance. The destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, the one with beautiful hair and the mountain's daughter, victory to you.
Madhu Kaittabha Vidhvamsi Vidhaatr Varade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -Oh Devi Durga, we salute you for destroying Madhu and Kaitabha and granting Lord Brahma the boon of protection. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
Mahissaasura Nirnaashi Bhaktaanaam Sukhade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -We salute Goddess Durga who destroyed Mahishasura, the demon, who bestows a lot of happiness on Her devotees. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
The temple is open from 5.30 a.m. to 8.00p.m.