Kanaka Durga Temple is believed to be the oldest site in the city and is one of the popular temples dedicated to Goddess Durga. Overlooking the city settlement, the temple is located atop Indrakeeladri Hill and is said to have been established thousands of years ago by Arjuna, one of the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata. It is also believed to be the place where Arjuna did penance for Lord Shiva and was blessed with the divine weapon named Pasupata Astra.
Another temple located on the top of Indrakeeladri Hill and overlooking the beautiful expanse of Vijayawada and the heavenly presence of Krishna river, Subramanya Swamy Temple is famous amongst tourists all over the state. It is maintained by the Iddipilli family and is one of the most visited religious sites in the city. The major festivals celebrated here include Skanda Shakti, which signifies the win of Lord Shiva over evil.
Govindaraja Temple is the temple dedicated to Sri Govindaraja Swamy who is believed to be brother of Lord Venkateswara. The temple was consecrated in the year 1130 AD by Vaishnavite, Saint Ramanujacharya. Before Sri Govindaraja Swamy, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy was the presiding deity of the temple. The temple was situated at the heart of the city. It has tall seven storied outer Gopuram with 11 kalasas and dated back to 14-15th century. This temple is one of the huge temples in Chittoor district.