Jogulamba Devi Temple, Alampur, Telangana
Jogulamba Devi Temple in Alampur (Telangana) is one of the Shaktipeeth temples of India. Also known as Yogini Peetham, this is the spot where Sati Mata’s teeth fell. In this temple Mata Sati is known as Jogulamba Thalli. She is known locally as Yogula Amma. This temple is one of the Ashta-Dasha (Eighteen) Maha Shaktipeeths.
Jogulamba Devi Temple is known as the Western gateway to Srisailam Jyotirling.
Jogulamba Temple, Alampur History
The origins of all the Shaktipeeths in India can be traced to the Yagya organised by Daksha Prajapati. In this Yagya Mata Sati ended Her life because Lord Shiva was gravely insulted. Grieved and enraged, Lord Shiva started His destructive Tandava in the skies, with Mata Sati’s body in His arms. To save the world from great destruction, Lord Vishnu sent His Sudarshan Chakra to separate Sati Mata’s body from Mahadev. Sati Mata’s body was cut into 51 pieces. The places where these parts fell came to be Shakti Peeths.
Jogulamba Devi Temple
Jogulamba Devi Temple is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, near the confluence of Tungabhadra and the Krishna rivers. It is surrounded by the Nallamala hills. The original temple was built in the 7th century CE and destroyed by invaders in 1390 CE. The enshrined Murti of the Goddess was saved and kept hidden in the nearby Bala Brahma temple. Worship of the Goddess continued in this temple. The Jogulamba Devi temple was rebuilt after a gap of 615 years in the year 2005 CE. The original Murti was then shifted to the newly constructed Jogulamba Devi temple. The Murti of Jogulamba Devi shows Devi sitting on a dead body with a lizard, scorpion and a frog on the head.
The temple is inside an ancient complex which includes the Nava Brahma temples that were built in the 8th century. Other shrines in the complex are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Navagrahas, Shiva- Parvati, Saptamatrikas and others.
Festivals of the Jogulamba Devi Temple
The temple celebrates quite a few festivals. Ugadi, Shiv-Ratri, Arudra Darshan, Maghabahula Ekadasi are joyous occasions, and celebrated with pomp and zeal. Other festivals like Phalguna, Karthikamasa, Krishna Jayanti, and Ganesh Chaturthi are also celebrated and attended by large numbers of people.
Jogulamba Temple Timings
- 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
- 02:00 PM to 08:30 PM
How to reach Jogulamba Devi Temple
- The nearest railway station is Jogulamba Halt, about 12 km from the temple.
- Kurnool railway station is about 24 km from the temple.
- Hyderabad Airport is about 200 km from the temple.
- Jogulamba temple to Yaganti – 2 hr 37 min (114.0 km) via NH40
- Jogulamba Temple to Ahobilam – 2 hr 59 min (164.9 km) via NH40
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