PHOTOS by Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar, former chief photographer The Hindu, Vijayawada
TEXT: G Venkataramana Rao, former Deputy Chief of Bureau, The Hindu Andhra Pradesh,
Devotees string different varieties of vegetables to decorate Goddess Kanakadurga atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada.
The annual Goddess Sakambhari festival is celebrated in Ashadha month. During the three-day-long festival goddess, Kanaka Durga assumes the form of Sakambhari or Banasankari Amma of the Banashankari Amma Temple, wherein prayers are offered to the Goddess to bless all vegetables, agriculture, and food so that they are plentiful and capable of nourishing the multitude.
Sakambari festival is celebrated from Sukla PakshaThrayodashi to Purnima, of Ashadha month every year.[Goddess Sakambhari temple is situated in Shivalik Mountain range near to Saharanpur Uttar in Pardesh.