Jogulamba or Yogini (goddess Parvati) – one of the 18 shakhti peetham.
Her consort Brahmeshwara (Lord Shiva)
Alampur located at the meeting point of the sacred rivers Tungabhadra and Krishna and is referred as Dakshina Kashi.
- Alampur near Kurnool is home to the very ancient Navabhramma temples dating back to the 7th century CE.
- The Nava Bhramma temples were built by the Badami Chalukyas in 6th Century
- The Bala Bhramma temple is the principal shrine of worship. It dates back to the year 702 CE – per the inscriptions seen here.
- Shivaratri is celebrated in great splendour here.
- Near Alampur, is Papanasam with a cluster of over 20 temples of varying sizes and styles. The most important of these is the Papanaseswara temple.
- Brahma had performed severe penance at Alampur for thousands of years and pleased Lord Shiva. Hence the deity is also called Brahmeswara and the goddess as Yogini or Jogulamba a synonym for mother Parvathi.
- Several dynasties ruled this place including Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, Bahamani sultans, Vijayanagara kings and finally falling under Hyderabad.
Temple Timings : 7:00 am to 8:30 pm
Nine temples here referred to as the Nava brahma temples are dedicated to Shiva.
They are: Taraka Brahma, Swarga Brahma, Padma Brahma, Bala Brahma, Garuda Brahma, Kumara Brahma, Arka Brahma, Vira Brahma and the Vishwa Brahma.
Bala Brahma Temple
This temple has remained in worship through the centuries. Therefore, it has often been renovated. The images are a mixture of routine sculptures like Jogulamba, Durga, Narasimha and the Rishis. In the courtyard are images of Mukhalinga, Sahasralinga and Mahishasuramardini. The most vital image is the mother goddess in the small shrine.
Location and Reach
- Road: 27 km away from Kurnool and 110 km away from Mahabubnagar, 200 km from Hyderabad.
- Rail: The nearest railway station is located at JogulambaTemple, Kurnool, which is 27 km away.
- Air: The nearest Airport is International Airport at Shamshabad (Hyderabad).
The Temple protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), GoI and under the control & jurisdiction of Endowments Department, GoAP for performing pujas, etc.
Nearest tourist places/attractions.
- Krishna-Tungabhadra Sanga-mam at Gandimalla – 9 km
- Papanasini Theertham, where 24 group of temples are available and is located at a distance of 1 ½ km away from the main temple.
- Renukadevi Temple (with head only) at Gandimalla (V), Manavapadu Mandal – 9 km
- Shah Ali Pahilwan Dargah at Alampur
- Sri Chakrapeetham, Byrapuram – 9 km
Special Days of Attraction and Visitors Flow
It revealed from the field survey that the visitors prefer the following days in general.
Friday, Tuesdays – Tourist flow is very huge
Brahmotsav Days – Very huge tourist flow
Festival Days, 1st January – Tourist flow is high
Sundays and Public Holidays increase the flow to some extent
Special occasions like family tours, marriage functions, etc
Vacations (like Summer Vacation and Winter Vacation)
There are no accommodation-facilities exist at the destination. The destination 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.
History of the Temple
The old temple of Jogulamba was destroyed by Bahamani Sultans in the 14th century. The Idols of Jogulamba and her two Shakthis Chandi and Mundi were saved from being destroyed and placed in Bala Brahmeswara Swamy temple until 2005. A new temple was constructed in the same place and the Goddess was shifted into it. Original Chandi, Mundi Idols were left in Bala Brahmeswara Swamy temple and new Idols are made and placed in Jogulamba temple.
Idol of Jogulamba is typical. She is in sitting position. She has huge amount of hair with lizard, scorpion, owl and a human skull. The Siddha Rasarnavam is a tantric work, which states that if upasana is performed as per the prescribed Tantra, then Mercury oozes from the Linga of Bala Brahma, from the thighs of Subramanya, from the navel of Ganapathi, and the mouth of Mother Jogulamba, which can be converted into gold by using certain herbs.
Address: Alampur Jogulamba temple, Mahabubnagar, Telangana.
Phone: 085022 41327
As per history of this place, Lord Brahma, after losing his powers due to a curse of a saint, performed penance for Lord Shiva. 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.
Visit Jogulamba devi and be blessed