Jogulamba Temple, Alampuru.

Alampuru temple is situated in Alampuru town mahabubnagar district Telangana State, South India. It is in the banks of river Tungabhadra. According to Puranas it is also called as Bhaskara Kshetram, Parasurama Kshetram, Dakshina Kasi. The name of the town Alampuru is transformed from the original name Hemalapuram or Halampura.  

Among the famous temples of South India Srisailam is the prominent one. It has four gateways on four sides of east, west, north and south.   There are 4 prominent temples on each of the 4 sides.

East of Srisailam: Tripuranthakam
South of Srisailam: Sidhapatam
West of Srisailam: Alampuram
North of Srisailam: Umamaheswaram.

Alampuram, West of Srisailam is one of the 18 Shakti Peetas (Ashtadasa Shaktipeetas).  The main idols here are Jogulamba and Brahmeswarudu. This temple was built in 7th 
century and in 9th century Sri Adi Shankara established Sri 
Chakra as he did in Kamakshi temple Kanchi (see my article about Kanchi Kamakshi temple). In 14 the century muslim kings invaded this temple and the local people took the Jogulamba  idol and placed in Bala Brahmeswara swami temple, which is in the same premises.  After 600 years again a separate temple is constructed  for Jogulamba in the same place where it was there previously.

According to Sthala Puranas of this temple, Lord Brahma done penace here and established shiva Linga in this place. and so the shiva Linga in this  temple is called as Brahmeswarudu.  The Shiva Linga has small holes on the head. After the abhishekam conducted on this shiva langam the water cannot be seen and nobody knows where the water goes from here. The Bala Brahmeswara swamy temple is the main idol for Nava Brahmas.

There are 9 brahma temples inside this temple named as

Kumara brahmeswara swamy
Arka Brahmeswara Swamy
Vera Brahmeswara Swamy
Vishwanath Brahmeswara Swamy
Taraka Brahmeswara Swamy
Garuda Brahmeswara Swamy
Swarga Brahmeswara Swamy
Padma Brahmeswara Swamy.

There is an idol of Lord Ganesha which is prepared with sand. The secret behind this idol is if it touched it looks hard but when rubbed sand will fall down from the idol.

Rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Krishna intersects at one place near this temple called as Krishna Tungabhadra Sangamam. Sangamam is a Sanskrit word for confluence. The point of confluence is a sacred place and is believed that bathing at this place removes one's sins.

There are Papanasini Theertham, Parasurama Theertham near to this temple. It is believed that taking holy bath in this place equals to a holy dip in river Ganga.

One of the famous temples to be visited among the Ashtadasa Shakti Peetas.

Happy Piligrimage.

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