Etymology of Jogulamba Temple
The word Jogulamba has been derived from Joginula Amma which refers to Mother of Joginis. Jogini or Yogini literally means a female who has given up on all the earthly attachments. Jogini also bears another meaning which is a dancer who has dedicated her life to God. Thus the goddess is known as Yogulamba or Yogamba.
Deities of Jogulamba Temple
Local folks say that Jogulamba is an Ugra Rupa which refers to a form that is highly energetic and hard to worship. The idol of Jogulamba exhibits a sitting position along with a huge amount of hair with bat, scorpion, lizard and a human skull in it. The temple also houses idols of Veenapani Veerabhadra, Vigneswara and Saptamatrikas. However the original idols of Chandi Mundi have been left in Bala Brahmeswara Swammy temple and in the new Jogulamba temple, new idols have been placed.
Architecture of Jogulamba Temple
The new Jogulamba temple was erected in the same spot after which the idol of goddess was reinstalled in it. The temple hosts a Yagnasala for performing Yagnas and also a rest house. The temple spans over a large area of land and has a magnificent architecture adorned with numerous carvings on the black stone. It floor is made up of marble stone. There is a water pool located near the temple which helps in making the atmosphere cool.
Significance of Jogulamba Temple
Jogulamba temple is considered to be a Shakti Peetha where the upper teeth of Sati Devi fell. Thus the temple possesses immense religious and spiritual significance for the people following Hindu religion. Devotees believe that the goddess of the temple protects them from any kind of evil. People also pray to her to get freed from Vastu Doshas which refers to faults in constructions. Jogulamba temple allures a number of pilgrims from different places of the country. Festivals like Maha Shivaratri and Dussehra are celebrated in the temple with great pomp and show.