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Balkampet Yellamma Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. It is situated in the town of Hyderabad city, Telangana. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yellama, which means “Mother of Universe”. Goddess Yellama is also called as Goddess Renuka or Goddess Jaggadamba. This is one of the most revered temples of Hyderabad, where many devotees would come to pay their respect. This temple is said to be highly powerful, with the power of the Goddess, all the obstacles are being removed. People with innate fear, and with troubles of their enemies would come to this temple, and worship with intense devotion. This temple has witnessed several miracles, and still fascinating a lot of people to get their remedy to enhance their life.
The legend of Goddess Yellama is an interesting one. Renuka was the wife of Sage Jamadagni, and they had five sons, and Lord Parashuram was one among them. He was considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Due to a feud, Sage Jamadagniasked his son to behead Renuka. Lord Parashurama also obeyed his father’s words, and he also beheaded one more woman who came to protect his mother.
Lord Parashurama obeyed his father’s words, as a dutiful son. He complied with his father’s words, as to quench the anger of his father, which otherwise would not be brought under control. It is important to note that, Lord Parashurama also beheaded his brothers, who refused to decapitate their mother. Once when the Sage Jamadagni’s anger was over, he requested him to bringback his mother and brothers to life. Sage Jamadagni accepted the request and found that the body and head of two women got interchanged. Sage Jamadagni, the accepted the lady, with the body of his wife with the head of another woman. Later, the Head of Renuka became the Goddess Yellamma at Balkampet.
The temple is built in the Dravidian style architecture and the temple is one of the oldest temples of Hyderabad city, which dates back to the 15th century. It has been renovated several times. The idol was found 10 feet deeper to the ground and was built as a huge temple. The temple has a big temple tower or raja gopuram. There are several inscriptions and carvings on the wall. The other shrines inside the complexes are Goddess Sri Pochamma, Goddess Rajarajeshwari, Goddess Nagadevta, and Lord Ganesha. It is important to note that, the temple was renovated many times, and currently it was renovated in the year 2020.
There are several festivals celebrated in this temple. Bonalu Jathara is one of the important festivals, where people from all parts of the world would flock here. Devotees would give live sacrifices of animals and birds to the Goddess. “Yellamma Kalyanotsavam” is a celestial marriage festival which is celebrated with a lot of pomp and piety. Other than this Navratri , Deepavali , Ugadi, Telugu Newyear, and Makar Sankranti are some of the festivals being celebrated with high reverence.
Goddess Yellama is highly benevolent. She blesses her devotees a lot. She grants them a life free from obstacles. She helps them to gain progress in life. The water in this temple is considered highly mystical, where a bath would purify all disorders and skin diseases. There is also a holy pyre or an eternal fire that protects the devotees. Many people also believe that she protects their life like an amulet. They feel that the deity is their guarding angel and an amulet against negative forces that invades their life. She bestows good health, a strong mind, and confidence to all who surrender her with piety.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Hyderabad is the nearest airport to the temple, which has national and international flights.
The Nearest railway stations close to the temple are at Secunderabad and Begumpet Railway Station. Metro stations are also available which connects to various parts of Hyderabad city.
Balkampet Temple is located in Hyderabad city center, and there are several buses that connect to the temple.
|S No||Day/Temple Pooja Timings||Timings|
|1||Monday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM|
|2||Tuesday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM|
|3||Wednesday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM|
|4||Thursday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM||5||Friday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM|
|6||Saturday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM||7||Sunday||6 AM to 1 PM,3 PM to 8 PM|
|8||Temple Closing Timings||1 pm to 3 pm|
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