An ancient city – Alampur – has attracted me this time to walk through the Badami Chalukyan architecture. Alampur is very less known to people even I was also not knowing it, when I researched on the internet I came to know that there is Shaktipeeth in Alampur and this was the best reason to visit the city with family. The city is not only important because of Shaktipeeth but also because of architecture. Most of the temple belongs to 6-7th century making the city historically rich.
Alampur is located at approximately 218kms from Hyderabad, 22 km from Kurnool. So you can easily go to Alampur and cover the things in one day. I clubbed my Alampur visit with Kurnool, so left early in the morning at around 4:00 a.m. and reached there at 6:30 a.m. It was all quite with very few people near the temple since temples are situated at ghats of river Tungabhadra you can enjoy the sunrise here. I will call Alampur as “city of the temples” because there are around 7-8 temples situated just one after the other.
We first visited the temple area and then went down to river Tungabhadra and enjoyed the coracle ride. We also visited the museum situated in the vicinity of the temple area itself. If you are interested in ancient architecture, and historically rich places then Alampur will be a good place to visit and explore.
Historical Importance of the city
The city is situated very close to the place where the Major river of the state River Tungabhadra and Krishna merge. Alampur is historically rich as several dynasties ruled this place including Chalukyas, Satavahanas, Bahamani sultans, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagara kings. The Chalukyas built these temples known as Navabrahma temples along with Sangameswara Temple between 640 AD and 753 AD.
Among all Navabrahma temples, Bala Brahma temple is the biggest and only active temple. Jogulamba temple is located near these temples and Sangameswara is about 2 Kms from this site. The original construction of Taraka Brahma Temple and Jogulamba Temple were completely demolished by Bahamani Sultan army. Vijayanagara king Harihara Raya took an initiative to protect the temple and sent his army to stop Bahamani Sultan’s army and fortified the temple complex. The area is now under ASI but temples are not preserved well and are very less known to people.
The religious importance of Alampur
It is said that Lord Brahma, performed penance for Lord Shiva after losing his powers due to a curse of a saint. As a result, Lord Shiva appeared in nine different forms, thus the place has nine different temples to depicts each form. Inside the Garbgriha of Bala Brahma temple, you will see The Shivalinga in the form of the footprint of a bull.
The major attraction of Alampur is the ancient Jogulamba Temple, one of 18 Maha Shakti Peethas of Goddess Shakti. It is said that upper teeth of Goddess fall here. The current temple of Jogulamba is well maintained and was built in 2005 as the original temple was destroyed. Photography is allowed almost everywhere except in the Garbgriha of Jogulamba temple and Bala Brahma temple.
On the way back from Alampur we found a long stretch of cotton fields and took some pictures over there, and pluck some flower 😉
There is no entry charge to the temple, only parking charges you need to pay.
Nil. Photography is allowed almost everywhere except in the Ggarbgriha of Jogulamba temple and Bala Brahma temple.
Best Time to visit
You can visit temples anytime, better to go early morning or in evening to prevent the harsh sun.
Tips for traveler
It’s better to carry some extra water bottle and food with you, there is no such good shop here. You will find Haritha hotel in Alampur but it is little far from temple complex.