Alampur Navabrahma Temples, Mahabubnagar Nagar
05:00 to 11:00 (All days of the week(Morning))
05:00 to 20:00 (All days of the week(Evening))
Main Deity: Lord Shiva
Other Deities: Goddess Jogulamba
The Alampur Navabrahma temples are located at Alampur in the Andhra Pradesh. There are totally nine temples in Alampur. These nine temples are dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is said that these temples were built by the Badami Chalukya rulers, who were great patrons of art and architecture. The temple is well known for its architectural heritage of the country. This temple’s architecture resembles both the northern and western Indian styles .
The Navabrahma temples are present on the left banks of the Tungabhadra river, enclosed in a courtyard. The Nava Brahma temples are Taraka Brahma, Swarga Brahma, Padma Brahma, Bala Brahma, Garuda Brahma, and Arka Brahma, Kumara Brahma, Veera Brahma and Viswa Brahma.
It is mentioned in an inscription which is above the Dwarapalaka image, that Swarga Brahma temple was built during 681-696 AD, by Lokaditya Ela Arasa in honour of the queen of Vinayaditya. This is the best example of the Badami Chalukya architecture and sculpture. This temple is the most elaborately ornamented temple. Its imposing tower (Rekhanagara vimana) is the finest, compared to other temples at Alampur.
Padma Brahma temple has a polished stone sculpture of Shivalinga .
There is a huge Nandi and two set of padams (holy feet), which are supposed to be those of Lord Shiva and Sakthi.
The water poured on Shiva Linga for abisheka does not flow out anywhere.
As per mythology, this is one of the Sakthi peetam, where “oordhava danta pankthi” (upper jaw with tooth) of Sati Devi fell here in this place.
In the year 1930 the temple was demolished by Muslim invaders. The main idol and consorts were damaged by them. Disfigured idols of Jogulamba and other deities were, protected and repaired by devotees who placed them in Bala Brahma temple.
Goddess Jogulamba is seen in sitting posture. She is also known as Gruha Chandi. When aarthy is performed, one can see bat, lizard, scorpion and skull adorned in her hair.
As per legand, Maharishi Jamadagni lived with his wife Renuka Devi and his sons worshiping Bala Brahma Swamy. Mother Renuka used to make a pot of mud daily and used to fetch water for pooja purpose. One day she saw Gandravas bathing in river with their wives. She was disturbed by them and was not able to make a pot on that day, and hence she returned home empty handed. When sage Jamadagni came to know about what had happened, he angrily asked his son to remove her head. His sons were not ready to do the act and he cursed them. Parasurama his youngest son agreed to do and he cut the head of his mother. The sage was pleased with his son and offered him a boon. He prayed to his father to give life to his brothers and mother, as the boon. Life was given to them accordingly.
Legend says that head of mother Renuka became Ekaveera Devi, symbol of Maya Roopa and the headless body became Bhoodevi symbol of Mathru roopam.