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Alampur Temple Diaries - 1

Alampur is a jewel in the state of Telangana. Situated in the Gadwal district near Kurnool district of AP. It is a temple town with Divinity, history and architectural beauty.

First we shall speak of Jogulamba Talli.
Jogulamba is one of the 18 Shakti Peeta's. It is where Sati Devi's Upper jaw with tooth fell. It is on the bank of Tungabhadra river.

The old temple was destroyed by Bahamani sultans and the idol of amma was safeguarded in the Bala Brahma temple. A new temple was built in 2005.
Jogulamba is in an Ugra Roopa. She is fearsome with a scorpion, lizard, frog, owl and skull in her hair. The new temple has a water pool around it, 2 cool the atmosphere and make it easier to worship her.
She is surrounded by Shiva as Brahmeshwara Swamy in the Nava Brahma temples
The Nava Brahma temples are 9 temples of Shiva. They are around the Jogulamba temple.
Built by the Badami Chalukyas, these are a sculptural delight. But it is also sad that much has been destroyed by the Islamic invasions.
1. Bala Brahma temple, is the temple where Shiva is worshipped as Brahmeshwara, the consort of Jogulamba. It was in this temple that the idol of Jogulamba was safeguarded. It dates back to 702 CE. Shivaratri is celebrated in this temple every year.
The temple and it's corridors.
2. Swarga Brahma temple.
Built during 681-696 CE, it is the most elaborately sculpted temple.
Pillars and ceiling inside the temple.
Sculpture all around
Courtship beautifully portrayed
Couple with a small child. Don't know the story here.
Destroyed and defaced sculpture.
Latticed windows in stone.
Nataraja in 2 poses. Both have been partially destroyed. But look at the sculpture in 2 levels. The sculpture in the lower half of the panel is behind Nataraja. So imagine the skill of the sculptors.
3. Padma Brahma temple
Probably the last to be built is unfinished in terms of work on the temple. But it has a Shivalinga inside.
Ceiling and interior design on the doorway of garbagriha.
I came out of the temple and turned my head, and this is what I see. A mosque occupied and built on a temple. The temple is also of the same era, but forcibly occupied.
To some people shelling out Gyan about the respect peacefuls gave Hindu gods, what do you say now?
The rest of the temples will be in my next thread.
Hope you enjoy this one.
@gurichopra @Gopanarya
Any idea about the second pic. All 3 sculpture are fascinating, though I don't know the story behind them.
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