Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi temple, is a historical place with strong religious background connected to the city. Kings of Visakhapatnam were great devotees of Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi, who is believed to be the personification of Shri Lakshmi. The divine idol is admired and worshipped by the local people as Ammavari. It is believed that Goddess Sri Kanakamalakshmi is considered the family deity of rulers of this area and the present location of the temple was in the ramparts of their fort. This temple area is known as Burujupeta, ever since the statue of Ammavari was found from a well close to Buruju, which means fort.
Every year, a month long Margasira Masa Mahothsavam is celebrated. During this time, Goddess blesses with Annadanam. Almost 300 people are fed with prasadam and food every day, and on Thursdays the number of devotees increases to 600 which are known as Saswatha Annadanam, which is the right day to have Shri Kanaka Mahalakshmi’s blessings. On the final day of the festival, almost 10000 people are fed, and this entire one-month festival is carried on with the collections from the devotees and philanthropists.
Recently, Maladharana celebration has started with two vital poojas, Margasira Deeksha and Mandala Deeksha, during which devotees throng to get specially blessed by the deity.On Ugadi day, which is the New Year in Andhra, the Goddess is decked with ornaments of silver, giving a heavenly darshan. On Navrathri occasion, on the 5th day, Goddess is decorated with Laksha kumkumarchana marking Sarannavrarathri. Since our Hindu almanac has festivals lined up through the entire year, devotees visit 365 days, to pray to their miraculous Goddess, to save and protect them. Burujupeta is definitely a divine place to retreat.
Annual Festival (Margasira Masa Sambaralu):
The Annual Festival in the Devasthanam is Margasiramasa Mahothsavam, which is one month festival. Devotees come and worship Goddess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru in large number during the month of Margasira. The number of devotees that worship her during this month exceeds the number of devotees that worship Her in the remaining eleven months. There will be huge congregation of devotees/pilgrims coming not only from different parts of the State and also from neighboring states.
Large number of devotees would visit the temple during Margasiramasa Mahothsavam for darshan, particularly on Thursdays. Thursday is said to be very auspicious to the Goddess. An amount of Rs. 7,500/- is fixed to be collected for each puja by allowing two persons to perform Panchamruthabhishekam to the Goddess. During the remaining days,(except monday & tuesday) an amount of Rs. 2500/- is fixed to be collected for the same puja. Only on Tuesdays Puja cost will be Rs.1,116/-.
The other important feature is Maladharana. The Maladharana is a recent one consisting of Mandala Deeksha and Margasira Deeksha to seek the blessings of the Goddess. This temple festival is very unique one, where much preference is given to ‘Annadanam’. The staunch belief of the devotees here is that they should partake in Annadanam and they would like to take meal(s).