Hyderabad is one of the best cities to live in the country. this statement is not an exaggeration, but indeed a fact. with a rich cultural background, Hyderabad has a lot of things on offer to everyone. Not just tourists, but residents also enjoy to venture out and explore Hyderabad once in a while, all thanks to the various attractions and places to visit here. Not just for Charminar, this city of pearls also is quite culturally inclined. You can see people throng temples in a large number whenever there is any festival, or just simply.
One such temple, that is not just divine, but also attracts hoardes of devotees all the time, is Peddamma Gudi Temple. This is located centrally in Hyderabad, thus, making it quite accessible and easy to commute here. this temple is also aesthetically pleasing, and has a lot of cultural and devotional importance attached to it. The name Peddama literally translates to mother of mothers, in telugu. As ‘pedda’ means big and ‘amma’ means mother.
This temple is one of the oldest in the city. As it dates back to almost 150 years ago, this temple has a really impressive historic importance. Peddamma Temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi who is shown sitting on a lion (Simha vahanam) called as Santhan Laxmi.
According to one legend, the temple was originated , when Godess came to quench her thirst after killing the demon at the well located in this place. Afterwards, a shepherd later spotted an idol of the goddess at the same place where now the temple stands.
According to another legend, it was a rather fateful turn of events when. the demon named Mahishasura, son o demon king Rambha nd water buffalo had his way and was granted wish that nobody can kill him. He had dethroned Lord Indra, God of the heavens., and thus had turned quite vindictive in nature. To put an end to his atrocities, the holy trinity of Lords Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh ( Shiva) had created goddess Durga, who was victorious in killing the demon and Mahishasura finally was finally killed ina fierce battle with Goddess Durga, who had derived powers from the lord Trinity.
Festivals at Peddama temple
There are so many festivals celebrated with grandeur at this temple, but one of the major festivals is the festival of Bonalu. This particular festival is celebrated in the month of June/ July and is celebrated for the goddess. vvarious devotees gather and women carry eartgern pots laden with rice, jaggery curd etc. This is decorated with neem leaves, and further accentuated with haldi and kumkum. Another festival celebrated is Rathotsavam, that is celebrated on ratha saptami. where devotees gather in huge numbers and offer prayers to the deity.
Entry fees is free. as in general darshan is free for all. Though special darshan requires a nominal fee of 10 INR. Children below 3 year of age are free from any ticket.
Opening and closing of Peddama Temple
Peddama Temple timings are from 6 AM to 1 PM. Like other temples, it also closes in afternoon and then opens again for darshan at 3 PM and closes at 8 PM. Sundays the temple is open from 6 AM to 8.30 PM.
How to reach the temple?
Situated quite centrally, at Road No. 55 Jubilee Hills, this is 13 kms from Secunderabad Railway station. From MGBS bus stand it is 14 kms. You can opt for autos, city busses or cabs to commute to the temple.