History of Peddamma Thalli Temple-

Peddamma Thalli Temple is situated in the Jubilee Hills and is one of the most popular religious temples of Hyderabad. It enjoys an optimal space in the middle of the city. It is said to be more than 150 years old. The temple took its current shape when the Rajagopuram was built, in the year 1993.  Its architectural beauty and religious importance attract thousands of devotees every day, making it one of the most significant places to visit on your Hyderabad City tour. Peddamma Temple is devoted to Goddess Lakhmi who is shown as Santhan Laxmi sitting on a lion (Simha Vahanam) and Maa Durga. The name Peddamma comes from two words ‘ Pedda ‘ and ‘ amma, ‘ meaning mother of mothers or the supreme mother, denoting the goddess. Peddamma was an incarnation of Mahishasura Mardini and is also popularly known as Peddamma Gudi. There’s a place in the temple after the entrance where coins are placed vertically and the devotees go there to make a wish. The devotees believe that if they place a coin vertically there, then their wishes will be fulfilled.

Legend

The origin of the Peddamma Thalli Temple is described by many stories/legends. According to one legend, the goddess had come to quench her thirst at this place after killing a demon. A shepherd later found an idol of the goddess at the same location where the temple stands now. Another legend says that, a creature called Mahishasura, the son of water buffalo and the snake king Rambha had defied the god of heaven, Indra. He had the blessings of Lord Brahma that neither man not god could kill him but he became more vengeful over time. Therefore, to put and end to his cruelties, Goddess Durga came into being at the request of other gods and blessings of the Holy Trinity-Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. Together with the forces of Trinity and other gods,  the Goddess with great power killed Mahishasura in a fierce fight.

Festivals celebrated in Peddamma Thalli Temple

Peddamma Thalli Temple is also very famous for different festivals during which devotees from different parts of the country visit to seek blessings. Bonalu Festival, that is celebrated in the month of June and July is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in this temple. During this festival, women carry earthen pots covered with neem leaves along with turmeric and kumkum, containing items such as rice, jaggery, milk and curd. These earthen pots are carried as an offering to the Goddess. Rathotsavam that is organized on Ratha Saptami is another major festival of Peddamma Thalli Temple.

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