Also called the sourthern Kashi stands on the left bank of the Tungabadra
river close to Kurnool. The Tungabhadra and Krishna are in confluence near
Alampur, which is also known as Dakshina Kailasam (as is Sree Kalahasti in
Southern Andhra Pradesh). Nine temples here referred to as the Nava Bhramma
temples are dedicated to Shiva. The Bala Bhramma temple is the principal shrine
It dates back to the year 702 CE - per the inscriptions seen here. Shivaratri
is celebrated in great splendour here. The Nava Bhramma temples were built by
the Badami Chalukyas, who ruled for about 200 years from the middle of the sixth
century onwards. The Badami Chalukyas built several temples in Karnataka, and
the Alampur temples in Andhra Pradesh.The Alampur site preserves archeological
remains in the form of temples exhibiting a hybrid style of architecture -
dating back to the 6th-7th centuries CE. Some of the images from this site are
also housed in a museum nearby. The Nava Bhramma temples are Taraka Bhramma,
Swarga Bhramma, Padma Bhramma, Bala Bhramma, Garuda Bhramma, Kumara Bhramma,
Arka Bhramma, Vira Bhramma and the Vishwa Bhramma. These temples are all
enclosed in a courtyard on the left bank of the river Tungabhadra.
Near Alampur, is Papanasam with a cluster of over 20 temples of varying sizes
and styles. The most important of these is the Papanaseswara temple.
How to reach Alampur
Bus: Alampur is located at a distance of 200 km from Hyderabad.