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Sri Jogulamba Devi

Temple History

Sri Jogulamba Temple is located in Alampur village, Mahabubnagar District of Telangana State. While going to Kurnool from Hyderabad we have to turn left at Alampur cross-road (12k.m before reaching Kurnool). Alampur is at 12k.m distance from that spot. Alampur is a small village and the Jogulamba temple is located in the South-East corner of the village very beside Tungabhadra river.

Jogulamba (also called as Yogulamba / Yogamba) is one of the eighteen Shakti peethas. Oordhva danta pankti (Upper jaw with tooth) of devi fell here. She is the Shakti of Bala brahmeswara swamy. Alampur Jogulamba Mahadevi, Roudra Veekshana Loochana, Alampuri Sthita Mata, Sarvartha phala siddhida are other names of Yogulamba.

Alampur is the meeting point of the sacred rivers Tungabhadra and Krishna known as Navabrahmeshwara Theertha. The principal deities at Alampur are Brahmeshwara and Jogulamba. It is surrounded by the Nallamala hills. Alampur is named as town of temples and famed for its sculptures. Alampur temple of Nava brahmas and Kanchi Kamakshi temple are most important places in Alampur city.

History:
Alampur was under the rule of Shatavahana Ishvakus of Nagarjunakonda, Badami Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagara Empire and Qutb Shahis of Golconda. Alampur was previously Known as Halampuram, Hamalapuram And Alampuram. Name of this place as Hatampura, mentioned in the inscription dated AD 1101 belongs to Western Chalukya Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. The Alampur Navabhrama Temples are historically important and reflect remarkable architectural skills.

Jogulamba temple:
Old temple of Jogulamba was destroyed by Bahamani sultans in the 14th century. The idols of Jogulamba and her two shaktis Chandi, Mundi were protected from them and placed in Bala brahmeswara swamy temple untill 2005. Now, a new temple was constructed in the same place and the godess was shifted in to it. New temple of Jogulamba is very much beautiful to see with nice granite flooring. It is surrounded by a water pool. As per the local people Alampur Jogulamba is in Ugra Rupa (highly energetic and onerous to worship) and therefore the water pool nearby, makes the atmosphere cool. Idol of Alampur Jogulamba in sitting position has vast quantity of hair with lizard, scorpion, bat and a scull in it.

Idols of Saptamatrikas, Vighneswara and Veenapani Veerabhadra idols are also present in this temple. Original Chandi Mundi idols were left in Alampur Bala brahmeswara swamy temple and new idols are created and placed in Alampur Jogulamba temple.

On entering in to the temple first we see Nandeeswara statue in the hall. After crossing hall, we can enter into a prakara where Veerabhadraswamy, Navadurgas, Navagrahas, Trimoorthy gods (Dakshinamoorthy, Yoganarasimha swamy, Brahma), Kumaraswamy, Kalabhairava,Vighneswara are present.

After crossing this room, we can enter in to third room which has Pradakshina marg. In this room Parvathi mata, Yoga Narasimha swamy, Ugra Narasimha swamy, Siddhas are present.

In the center of this third room, we can see Garbhagriha in which Lord Bala Brahmeswara swamy is present. The Shiva linga has an irregular shape and Panapatta is slightly slanted towards left. The temple has extraordinary sculptures. The temple was built by Rasasidha who came from Kasi on the order of Lord Shiva. Many Shiva Lingas are also present in the campus of Balabrahmeswara swamy temple.

There is a popular legend which says that there was a great saint in 6th century by name Rasa Siddha who used to convert base metal into gold. It was this saint in association with chalukya king Pulakesi II who was instrumental in construction of chain of temples called ‘Nava Brahmas’. It is said that there
is a secret tunnel from the garbhalaya of Bala Brahma leading to Srisailam. According to the legend, these 9 names of Siva are the names of medicinal herbs put forth by Rasa Siddhas.

Popularly known as Nava Brahma temples :
Swarga Brahma, Taraka Brahma , Padma Brahma, Bala Brahma, Garuda Brahma, Kumara Brahma, Arka Brahma, Vira Brahma and Vishwa Brahma.

This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and visited by tourists especially during the celebration of Maha Shivratri.

 

Additional Information

Telangana tourism department is maintaining Haritha Hotel for the accommodation of pilgrims. Many Hotels and Lodges are available in Kurnool city.

By the BANYAN:
Another place of interest near Alampur is Pillalamarri (Mahbubnagar district), which roughly translates to ‘children’s banyan’. Located at about 130 km from Alampur, it houses a banyan tree supposed to be more than 800 years old. It is said to cover over three acres, of which only one acre has been developed by the State Tourism Department. The locals say that a few years ago, the tree had such thick foliage that one couldn’t see the sky above. From a distance, it looks like a hillock; needless to say the tree is majestic in its structure. The State Tourism flyer says that more than 1,000 people can take shelter under this tree. There are science and archaeology museums to keep kids interested.

Alampur Bus stand 2.3 Km and Kurnool Bus stand is 27.3 Kms from the temple. Frequent buses (every 20 minutes) and taxis from Kurnool.
By train, Kurnool Railway station is the nearest railway station which is 27 Km to reach this temple.
Buses are from Hyderabad MGBS (via Mahabubnagar) and the distance is 214 km. From Mahabubnagar the distance is 130 km to this temple.
  • Darshanam: Morning 06:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Evening 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: +91 085022 41327
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