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About Temple & Deity

Yellamma Temple located at Balkampet, Hyderabad is 700 years old temple and the most revered temples of Hyderabad. The temple is popularly called as Balkampet Yellamma temple. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on Sundays and Tuesdays.

This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yellamma, the incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. Yellamma means “Mother of the Universe”.

The temple was first constructed in 15th Century AD and later renovated in the early 20th century. The idol of the goddess in the temple is seen 10 feet lower than the ground level, hence the goddess is also called as Jala Durga.

The month of ‘Ashada’ bring colors and festive fervor to Telangana. Every village, town & city resonate the cultural heritage of Telangana with unique Bonalu rituals, folk dances, pothuraju processions.

During the Ashada month, lakhs of devotees visit the temple to offer Bonalu & to seek the blessings from goddess Yellamma. Goddess Pochamma is the Kshetrapalaka of this temple.

The story of Balkampet Yellamma Temple

According to a legend, Renuka, the daughter of Raja Renuka had married Jamadagni, the son of Satyawati and had five sons, one of them being Parashurama. One day, Renuka couldn’t perform one of her regular household chores and this enraged her husband who then asked her to leave the house. Dejected Renuka was reportedly suggested by saints to perform pujas near a Shivalinga and feed Brahmins for her penance. Jamadagni was reportedly furious at her and demanded his sons as well to punish their mother Renuka. Others refused and they were burnt to ashes by the father’s gaze while Parashurama searched for his mother who was hiding in a village, beheaded her and even the poor woman who helped her. Jamadagni who was pleased by his son’s obedience gave him a boon and in turn, Parashurama asked his father to restore the lives of his brothers, his mother and the village woman. However, during the process, the head of Renuka was restored on the other woman’s head and vice versa. While Jamadagni accepted the woman who had Renuka’s body, the other form came to be popularly known as Yellamma, which means mother to all

 

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