Balkampet Yellamma Temple in Hyd: History, Significance & Other Details

History and Significance of Balkampet Yellamma Temple

Yellamma Temple located at Balkampet is one of the oldest and the most revered temples of Hyderabad, Telangana. Yellamma temple is also commonly called Balkampet Yellamma temple.

Balkampet Yellamma Temple
Balkampet Yellamma Temple

The temple was known to be constructed in the 15th century and later got renovated in the 20th century. Balkampet Yellamma temple is most famous for the Bonalu Jatara festival that takes place annually in Hyderabad.

Balkampet Yellamma temple is dedicated to the goddess Yellamma which means the mother of the universe. Goddess Yellamma is also called Jagadamba and is considered the same as goddess Renuka.

History of Balkampet Yellamma temple

It is known that Renuka, the daughter of Raja Renuka had married Jamadagni, the son of Satyawati. The couple had five sons and one of them being Parashurama.

One day Renuka was unable to perform one of her regular household chores and this made her husband angry and asked her to leave the house.

Renuka was living with the saints performing puja near the Shiva Lingam and feeding brahmins for her penance. 

Jamadagni is still furious at his wife and orders his sons to punish their mother as well. Jamadagni burnt their sons to ashes as they refused his demand.

But Parashurama searched for his mother who was hiding in a village, destroyed her mother, and a poor woman who helped her. 

Jamadagni was pleased by his son’s obedience and gave him a boon. Parshuram then requested his father to restore the lives of all his brothers, his mother, and the village woman. 

While restoring their lives, Renuka’s head was restored to another woman’s body. Jamadagni accepted the woman who had Renuka’s body and she is popularly known as goddess Yellamma.

Bonalu Jathara in Balkampet Yellamma temple

Goddess Yellamma is considered as an incarnation of goddess Kali and devotees give animal sacrifice here. The celestial marriage ceremony of the goddess Yellamma is the most celebrated event in the temple. This event is also called Yellamma Kalyanotsavam.

After the celebration of Golconda Bonalu Jathara followed by Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu Jatara each year, the Bonalu Jatara festival at Balkampet Yellamma temple is celebrated.

The Goddess Idol is located 10 feet lower than the ground level in the temple. It is a common belief that the holy water present in the well can cure all ailments and is treated as Theertham. Balkampet Yellamma temple also has Akhand Jyoti which is lit throughout the year.

Address and Timings of Balkampet Yellamma Temple

You can choose any mode of transport to reach Balkampet Yellamma temple. This temple is at a distance of 10 km away from Secunderabad Railway station and is just 3 km from Ameerpet Junction.

The address of Balkampet Yellamma temple is near Ameerpet-SR Nagar, which is the heart of Hyderabad city.

The timings of Balkampet Yellamma temple are from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Balkampet Yellamma temple is flocked with many vendors and shops selling Puja-related items, children’s toys, flowers, decorative items, etc.

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