Goddess Jogulamba Devi 

Goddess Jogulamba devi temple is located in 90 km from Mahbubnagar district in Andhrapradesh. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Jogulamba devi and it is 5th Shakti peethas among 18 Shakti peethas. Goddess Sati is worshipped as Goddess Jogulamba devi and Lord Shiva is worshipped as Bala Subramaniya Swamy. The word “Jogulamba” derived from the word “Yoginis” or “Joginula”. The meaning of the word “Yoginis” means “dance” whose life is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the word “Joginula” refers to “woman”.

 Alampur is referred to as Dakshina Kashi. It is also known as Navabrahmeswara Teerth, as there are nine temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Alampur is known as the Western Gateway of Srisilam, as the holy place-Srisailam lies at the western end of Alampur (Siddhavattam, Tripurantakam and Umamaheswaram are called southern, eastern and northern gateways of Srisailam respectively). Alampur is also known as Sangama Kshetra as it is the meeting point of River Tungabhadra and River Krishna. It is surrounded by Nallmallai hills. The temple was completely destroyed by Bahamani rulers in 1390 AD. The invaders were killed after a fierce battle with the localities. Jogulamba Devi along with her two Shakthis – GoddessChandi and Goddess Mundi was then moved to nearby Bala Brahmeswar temple until 2005. The temple is a mine of historical sources. It has about 70 Copper plates and stone inscriptions relating to several dynasties that ruled South India from 7th to 17th century. Jogulamba temple has been reconstructed after 615 years. Sanskrit scholar, historian and epigraphist Sri Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sarma attributes the delay in reconstruction of the temple to the political uncertainty which prevailed during the medieval period.

The nine temples built by King Pulakeshi II were dedicated to Navabrahmeshwara and Jogulamba. Only eight magnificent temples of Navabrahmeshwara could be traced, the ninth temple dedicated to Tarakabrahma could not be traced. The Badami Chalukya rulers ruled for nearly 200 years from the middle of 6th Century onwards. Jogulamba Devi temple was reconstructed where it was originally built.

How To Perform Pujas To Goddess Jogulamba Devi

Jogulamba Devi is considered as Gruha Chandi (Protector of homes). Jogulamba Devi is seated on a corpse. The idol has huge locks of hair with lizard, scorpion, bats and human skull adorning it. These are the indications of evil and signs of deterioration of a house. Lizard is the primary indication that a house has started deteriorating. When the lizards become uncontrollable, scorpions start entering the house, which is even worse. The next level would be the entry of bats which is an indication of loss of human life in the house. Jogulamba Devi is worshipped for warding off the evil effects of Vaastu Dosha. According to locals, Jogulamba Devi is in Ugra Roopa(highly energetic and hard to worship) and the water pool near the temple makes the atmosphere cool.

The other idols present at the temple are Saptamatrikas (Group of Seven mother- Goddesses, each of whom is a Shakthi or a female counterpart of a god. They are- Brahmani, Maheshvari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chamunda, or Yami) Vigneshwara and Veenapani Veerabadra. New idols of Chandi – Mundi are placed at the Jogulamba Temple, while the original idols are left behind at Bala Brahmeshwara Swamy temple. The temple also has a Yagnashala, a rest house and a pond. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims from across the country during festivals like Maha Shivratri and Navratri.

Significance

The city Alampur is also famous for Maharishi Jamadagni’s ashram. Maharishi Jamadagni along with his wife, Renuka and four sons was staying in Alampur worshipping Bala Braheshwara Swamy and Jogulamba Devi. Renuka Mata, with her power would regularly make pot with sand and bring water from River Tungabhadra. One day, she saw the King of Gandharva enjoying himself while having a bath in the River with his wives. She immediately felt that pleasures or enjoyment comes from materialistic wealth and not from worshipping God. The very next moment, she lost her divine power of making pots from sand. On reaching home without water, Maharishi Jamadagni wanted to know the reason. Renuka Mata explained the incident and admitted her sinful thoughts.  Maharishi Jamadagni got enraged, and asked his four sons to kill Renuka. While three sons refused to kill, the fourth son, Lord Parashuram  killed his mother by cutting off her head with his axe. Maharishi Jamadagni was extremely happy and bestowed a boon. Parushuram asked his father to restore life to his mother. Then Jamadagni revived Renuka to life.

 Benefits

  • Abundance in life.
  • Bless calm in life.
  • Bless Material riches
  • Removes hurdles in life.
  • Removes past birth sins