At a glance :
Region : District Mahbubnagar, twenty seven kilometers from the Kurnool.
Architecture View : Chalukyan Sculpture
Earlier Called As : Alampuram & Hamalapuram, Halampuram
Known as : Navabrahmeshwara Theertha
Over the banks of the River of Tungabhadra, this pilgrimage is situated. This structure is belongs to the time of Chalukyan. Alampur temple is located on edge between the Mahaboonagar & Kurnool districts of this state. This is a very holy place among the Shaivite. This is best place for the people who have interest in the archeological structures. People say that, it is place where Hinduism religion's 6 popular parts like Kaumra and its sections expanded here. For the Srisailam shrine, this pilgrimage is a western side gateway. This divine pilgrimage is too popular by name Navabrahmeshwara Theertha. From the south direction to north direction, Tungabhadra River pours here; this is one more reason, which made this shrine spiritually essential. In the past period, Alampur pilgrimage was called by the various names such as Hamalapuram, Halampuram and Alampuram. This place was ruined in the century of 1101 related to the Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI; he was a king of the western Chalukya. At that time, this place was known as Hatmpura. As per the local history, this location contains 18 Maha Theerthas, 50 Theerthas and 64 Ghats. In this numbers of Theerthas, Papavinasa Theertha is believed to be major holy Theerth. People believe that Lord Brahma had made 9 shrines at this place Garuda, Kaumara, Taraka Brahmeswara, Bala, Swarga, Arka, Padma, Vishwa or Viswa and Veera. Alampur pilgrimage place got so much popularity because of 2 temples group, known as Papanatha & Brahmesvara, which are located on both sided of town. During century of 7th, these shrines were constructed by the Badami Chalukyas. If you will roam in the entire temple, you will get to explore the art and history of this pilgrimage shrine.
The architecture pattern of Alampur temple is not like Dravadian shrine, it is more of influenced by the Western & Northern Indian architecture pattern. all the temple's Shikharas means peak are in the rounded shape and those are decorated by the devices of miniature architecture. The designs and construction structure indicates the carving & structuring plan of western India. The nine temples which are located at the pilgrimage destinations are as follows:
Padma Brahma Shrine :
The construction shape of this shrine is like a Swarga Brahma temple. Despite the Dwarpalikas, which is close to gateway and flying shape on top, rest of the part of this shrine has been demolished.
Bala Brahma :
The construction of this shrine indicates the structure of Papnatha shrine, which is located in the district of Dharwar in the state of Karnataka. From the numbers of centuries, this temple has been worshipped and that is the reason, this temple is frequently renovated. This shrine contains the Bala Brahmesvara's idol; it is dazzling and believed to Jyotirlingam. The amazing thing about this shrine is whatever amount of water, you will use for the Abhisheka (ritual to worship God) it goes within, but not even a one drop of water come outside. Here you will get to see the pictures, which are blend of common sculptures such as Narasimha, Jogulamba, Rishis and Durga. At temple's courtyard area, you can see the pictures of the Mahishasuramardini, Sahasralinga and Mukhalinga. Another attractive and essential thing is small size temple of Goddess mother.
Arka Brahma Shrine :
This shrine is at the last stage of destroy, it has been totally ruined. The shed of the shrine is also invisible.
Vira Brahma Shrine :
This shrine is like other eight temples. This shrine does not contain any different characteristic; which can give different look to this shrine.
Swarga Brahma Shrine :
This is a very essential temple, which looks like built at the ending of seventh century. There are 6 columns on the eastern side of the temple. One of the columns called Puranghata has been adorned by Amalkas. The doorway of Swarga Brahma shrine has been tusked by the Dwarpals. If you will observe the frame of the door, carefully you will get to see finely carved Jamuna & Ganga River and over this design of Garuda Naga. The peak of this temple is also in rounded shape, and on that peak, Lord Shiva's dancing image has been carved. The style of carving is similar to the carving of Vishva Brahma shrine. The facial expression of Lord Shiva in this image is different than common.
Garuda Brahma Shrine :
The columns of this temple has been adorned by the elegant carving, this column divides the temple and hall. The atmosphere of this place is very calm and peaceful, which offers a pleasant and peaceful environment to the pilgrims.
Kumara Brahma Shrine :
The door of this temple is very beautiful; it has been designed by the detailed carving design also on the column of this temple. As per the structure of the Nava Brahma shrine, this temple also has same structure shape. On the frame of door, there are 7 heads has been carved in row.
Taraka Brahma Shrine :
The construction pattern of this shrine is southern, which makes this shrine unique among other eight temples. This shrine contains Porch, Antarala and Garbhagriha. At the Antarala area of the temple, there is a picture of the Paralambampadalakshmi. The top part of the temple contains Kudu, Sala and Panjaran, which are influenced majorly on Gopuram style. This temple is not only essential religious place for the people who do believe in Lord Shiva but it also contains importance because of the popular Narasimha, Mahishasura Mardhani, Virabhadra, Kamakshi, Venkateswara and Surya temple.
Vishva Brahma Shrine :
The unique characteristic of this shrine is, this temple does not have door. The structure of this shrine is similar to the Swarga Brahma temple. The sculpture models are too same. But the sculptures are not clearly visible; the reason is axe of Vandal.