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Heritage Prominence of Alampur

Alampur located in Jogulamba-Gadwaldistrict of Telangana is home to ancient Navabramha temples of 7th Century AD. Considered the western gateway of Srisailam, the town is also home to the reveredShaktipeetam of Jogulamba.Alampur Site Museumpreserves archeological remains which showa hybrid style of architecture, dating back to the 6th-7thcentury AD.

Alampur Site Museum was established in the year 1952. It is surrounded by the famous Nava Brahma temples where more than 124 stone sculptures and 26 inscriptional slabs are on display including 64 loose sculptures.The period of these sculptures ranges from 6th to 16thCentury AD and they belong to Kakatiyas, Chalukyas, and Vijayanagara dynasties. The Alampur museum is known for its large and varied collection of sculptures that are arranged in a big hall. The entrance to this museum is a sculpted but an unmarked temple doorway. The collections on display include hundreds of beautiful pieces, several of them in polished black stone that indicate that these originate from the 11th century Kakatiyas.

The first striking image is that of the polished stone image of Subrahmanya and Valli followed by unique Mahishasuramardhini image. The museumalso has a horizontal, circular black-stone sculpture of NagnakaBhanda, the Lotus-headed goddess in naked form. At the centre of the hall there are two large, square shaped Kakatiya ceiling panels which are placed facing up. The one towards left has three rows, each showing the images of Naga, Indra and Agni. The one towards the right shows the common motif of Siva, who is surrounded by Ashtadikpalas. The far wall is adorned by a beautiful image of Siva as Mahesha and a polished granite doorway which then leads to back room. The right wall displays images of Surya, and of Siva in Asuravadhamurti and Bhairavaavtar.

There is also a unique split piece with Nataraja on top accompanied by Agni on the bottom panel. The centre of the hall houses a stunning black sculpture of Nataraja and this is faced by a large granite Nandi. Nataraja, Mahishasura Mardini, Surya, Kartikeya, and Naga sculptures from here were also displayed in many international exhibitions held in London, Germany, Paris etc.

How to Reach

Alampur site museum is located in the temple complex, situated in the heart of Alampur town.Visitors can reach Alampur located 15 km away from NH-7 (from Hyderabad to Bangalore). The destination is located nearly 110 km from the district headquarters of Mahabubnagar and 200 km from Hyderabad.


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