Though there is no clear evidence as to who and when this temple was built, but it can be said that, this temple is approximately 150 years old. It used to be a small temple. It gained popularity in the year 1993 when the Rajagopuram was constructed by Mr. P. Janardhan Reddy who was the ex-MLA of Khairtabad. This Hindu temple is located in Hyderabad in the Jubilee Hills area, Road Number 55.
Cultural and religious significance the place holds
The temple name pedamma is actually a combination of two names Peda and Amma, which means the “Mother of Mothers”. Visitors and pilgrims pray to “Amman” as their own mother and believe that she will save them from all kinds of negativities and bad influences. Thus, the temple holds great importance to the Hindus and is quite similar to the Durga puja of the Bengalis. Not only vommon people but celebrities, VIPs and politicians also visit this place to perform pujas and pay tribute to the holy Mother. The ritual of Bonaluutsavams is performed here every Sunday unlike another temple in Hyderabad.
Details of the presiding Deity
In the peddama temple in hyderabad, the presiding deity is divine Goddess Durga Mata in the form of Goddess Peddamma. One of the eleven forms of village deity is Goddess Peddamma and thus is considered as the supreme most power. She is also considered as the Mother of all the Gods and Goddess. She is significant to the power of good and is also a demon slayer. She brings prosperous times and people learn to care and share for each other under her influence.
Introduction of the idol
The idol of Goddess Peddamma is placed inside the innermost chambers of the temple. The stunning idol is decorated with gold and the Goddess is seen wearing a crown made up of gold. Apart from these, her attire is flaunted wearing jewelry. In one hand she is seen carrying a trishul and in one hand. Like other forms of Mother Goddess, she also rides a tiger. The inside chamber of the Mother Goddess is heavily decorated with garlands and hanging diyas which are usually lighted.
Any other temples in the complex
There are no other temples or shrines located inside the complex.
Rituals and nature of worship
The usual worship of the temple is followed with morning and evening aarti. The peddama temple timings are from 9:30 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening. Devotees visit this temple all year round and thus, the spirit of festivities never dies out in this temple. Believing in Mother Goddess as she showers her blessings on the followers is faith that reigns in every heart that visits this temple. Yajna and homa is carried out in this temple during the times of special rituals.
There is a special puja that is performed in this temple on Thursdays that begins with a prayer or `Abhishekam' in the dawn, precisely at 3 a.m. in the morning which is then followed by a NavagrahaHomam, Rudra', `ChandiHomam', `DikpalaBhairavaBaliharanam' `Purnahuti' and `Annadanam'.
Special rituals and festivals carried out here
This age old temple attracts many tourists from all over the country during the grand celebration of Bonalu festival, which is held during the months of June to July. It is one such festival that is held in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Bonalu festival is significant as it is the thanksgiving ritual dedicated to mother goddess for the fulfillment of vows. Rathotsavam and Mahotsavam are the two other occasions that are celebrated in this temple in the month of February.
This annual celebration continues for three days and is concluded by a stunning chariot procession, which is only followed during this time. Another significant festival that is carried out in Peddamma temple is Rathasapthami, which calls for a feast and vast number of devotees visit to get Her blessing and have the Prasad. During this time the idol is decorated in a grand fashion and is taken round on the brilliantly lit temple compound. Hymns are chanted with the bursting of firecrackers in the temple complex. Durga Puja is also another festival that is celebrated here. It is according to the sync with the Bengali that starts with Mahalaya and ends with Dashami or the tenth day. It is based on the movement of the moon or ‘Tithhi’.
Pilgrimage associated with it
Since, the reigning deity of this temple is Pedamma who is considered as the Supreme Mother, so It is one of the most significant places for Hindus and pilgrims. It is visited by tourist and locals all year round but increases during the time of festivals and ceremonies.