Alampur: Where Brahma gets rid of His sins


S.S.N. SASTRY

 

Alampur, being referred as ‘City of Temples’ has many temples to its credit and all the temples located here are very old and famous for their sculpture. They are under control of Indian Archeological department. The entire temple campus was built on the bank of river Tungabhadra. Out of them, temples of Nava Brahmas and the temple of Kanchi Kamakshi are most important. Of the prominent 18 Shakti peethas, Jogulamba peetha of Alampur is a well known destination.

Deities: The principal deities at the Jogulamba temple are Jogulamba and Bala Brahmeshwara.

 

Mythological reference: The Sthalapuranam of this place quotes that, once Lord Brahma, lost all his powers owing to a curse of a saint. He performed penance for Lord Shiva to regain his powers. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in nine different forms, thus nine different temples to celebrate each form. The Shivalinga in the main temple of Bala Brahma temple is seen in the form of footprint of a bull. The nine forms made nine Brahmas. They are: Bala Brahma, Garuda Brahma, Swarga Brahma, Padma Brahma, Kumara Brahma, Taraka Brahma, Arka Brahma, Veera Brahma, Viswa Brahma. Out of Nine Nava Brahma temples we can see eight temples, but Taraka Brahma temple’s location is uncertain. Alampur is famous for Navabrahma temples. All of them are present on the banks of River Tungabhadra.

 

Significance of Jogulamba temple: Jogulamba can be understood as “Gruha Chandi” (protector of homes). The idol shows that the goddess has a lizard, scorpion, bat and human skull in her hair. These are the indications of evil and signs of deterioration of a house. Lizard is the primary indication that a house starting to lose its life. Gradually, the number of lizards shall increase which result in the welcoming of scorpions which is even worse. The next level would be the entrance of bats which may result in death of humans living in that house. People believe that Jogulamba protects them and their shelters from all kinds of evils. She is also worshipped to be freed from Vastu Doshas (faults in constructions). The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims from various parts for the country.

Idol of Jogulamba is typical. She is in sitting position. She has huge amount of hair with lizard, scorpion, owl and a human skull in it. Idols of Saptamatrikas, Vighneswara and Veenapani Veerabhadra are also present in the temple. Original Chandi Mundi idols were left in Bala Brahmeswara Swamy temple and new idols are made and placed in Jogulamba temple.

Jogulamba Temple is very ancient and one of 18 Maha Shakti Peethas of Goddess Shakti. This temple is 5th Shakti Peetha representing Upper teeth part of Goddess Shakti.

Festivals: Major festivals like Dussera, Maha Shivaratri are celebrated in a grand manner.

Historical reference: Alampur has rich historical and pilgrimage importance. Several dynasties ruled this place including Shatavahana Ishvakus of Nagarjunakonda, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Bahamani sultans, Vijayanagara kings and finally falling under Hyderabad.  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 until 2005. Now, a new temple was constructed in the same place and the goddess was shifted in to it. Navabrahma temples and Sangameswara Temple were built in 7th century. The temple consists of several inscriptions dated between 7th and 16th centuries.

How to reach: While going to Kurnool from Hyderabad one has to turn left at Alampur cross-road (12k.m before reaching Kurnool). Alampur is at 12k.m distance from that spot. It is a small village and the Jogulamba temple is located in the South-East corner of the village beside Tungabhadra River.

Nearest Bus station: Alampur has bus facility from many places. Kurnool is the nearest railway station.

Address: Alampur – 509125, Mahabubnagar District, Telangana, Ph: 085022 41327

 

Food: Roadside bunks provide breakfast facilities for the pilgrims at the temple. About 10 small hotels and 3 restaurants are available at surrounding places of the temple and catering the needs of pilgrims by selling tiffin, tea/coffee, biscuits, cool drinks, water pockets/bottles, etc

Guide: Department of Tourism, AP government appointed one tourist guide at the temple premises. In addition to, priests and temple personnel explain about the history and importance of the temple.

Accommodation: R&B Guest House with two suites is available at the destination. The authority allots these two suites to VIPs (government and political persons) in general on first priority basis. If these are vacant, then they allot on rent to other pilgrims .There are no accommodation-facilities exist at the temple town. The temple is located in Alampur Town and there are no lodging facilities. Pilgrims can stay at Kurnool, where a good number of lodges available for pilgrims. The temple is having vast of sculpture. All devotees like to stay there for 2 to 3 days but there are no accommodation facilities. Due to non-accommodation facilities, pilgrims are leaving the destination place by evening

 


SSN Sastry

SSN Sastry

Senior journalist having worked with leading and English dailies and magazines as Sub Editor, Senior Sub Editor and edition in-charge and Senior/Chief Reporter and Special Correspondent.

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