Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum

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Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum
Saundatti reminds us of the beautiful and ancient temple of Goddesss Renuka (also known as the Yellamma Temple). It is at a distance of 70 Kms from Belgaum and the place can be reached from all the other places by road. At a distance of 5 Kms from the city, there is a big Mountain on which the temple is situated. The mounatain was earlier known as Siddhachal Parvat. The temple is built in the Chalukyan and Rashtrakuta Style and the Carvings reflect the Jain architecture. The temple was constructed by Bomappa Naik of Raybag in the year 1514. There are temples of Lord Ganesh, Mallikarjun, Parshuram, Eknath, Siddeshwar etc in the temple premises. Devotees from Maharastra, Goa and Andhra Pradesh also come here especially during the time of Jatras which are held twice in a year. The management of the temple has been handed over to the Government in 1975 and the government has made provisions such as Dharmashalas, Health Centres and other facilities to make the devotees feel at home.


Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum

History:

Godess Yellamma (Shri Renuka devi ), was the daughter of the king Renuka raja. Renuka raja performed an “yagna” (Ritual performed to maintain peace and good health”).

It is being said that impressed with this god blessed him a daughter,who originated from the fire of this “yagna”. Renuka was a bright and active child and had became the most beloved child of her parents.

At age of 8 years, of the advise of Agastya Saint who was the guru as well as the adviser of the Renuka Raja advised him to have his daughter Renuka Devi married to Jamdagni. He was son of Ruchik Muni and Satyavath. He had obtained the blessings of the anger gods by performing severe penance. Renukadevi and Jamdagni Muni lived in the “ramshrung” Mountains. Renukadevi co-operated with the jamdagni muni in all his tasks of performing various rituals and Pooja. Gradually she became close and near to Jamdagni.

Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum
Renuka used to wake up early in the morning to Malapahari (Malaprabha) river to have bath after having bath in the holy river with complete concentration and devotion to fill the pot which she used to prepare out of the sand on the bank of the river and would hold the snake which was around there and turn it into a convolution and place it on head so that it supported to the pot. She bought the pot to Jamdagni for performance of rituals.

She gave birth to five sons Vasu , Viswa Vasu, Brihudyanu , Brutwakanwa and Ram bhadra . Ram bhadra was the youngest and most loved son . He gained the mercy of lord shiva and parvathi he was also blessed with “Ambikashtra” from Parvathi and lord Shiva and hence he was called Parushram. He destroyed evil Kshatruiyas who were troubling the innocent saints.

Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum
As this was the case when Renuka devi went to malaphari river to have bath there she saw “Gandhrva Angels” playing in the river. For a moment she lost her concentration and devotion imagined herself playing in the river with her husband. after sometimes she came to the conscious and cursed herself for her ignorance. She soon had bath and tried to make the pot but couldn’t do so. As she lost both her concentration and devotion she even tried to catch the snake but it disappeared. Dissappointed by this she came to ashram. Seeing renuka devi returning empty handed, Jamdagni got furious and cursed her . He angrily ordered her to get away from his site.

Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum
After being cursed by the Jamdagni Muni Renuka move towards to east and sat in the forest for meditation. In her dream she met with the saints Eknath and Joginath she prayed them and asked for the way to gain mercy of her husband the first consoled her and asked her to follow what they said for three days. They said her to first have bath in the lake near by , and worship “Shivalinga” which they had given to her. And then go to the city and collect the rice from the houses there. After collecting the rice, they said her to give the half the rice to them and cook the remaining half adding jagriey to eat and consumed the cooked rice with full devotion. They said if she performs this for three days she can go to her husband on the fourth day. And even warned her that she will not be excused fully that she will have to go through the widow life for three minutes after that they said “ You will be eternal and will be blessed with your husband. You will be worshiped by the all the people henceforth by saying this they disappear”.Renuka devi followed these steps and worshiped “Shivlinga” with full devotion and completed three days and fourth day she went to meet her husband.

At the fourth Day, when she met the Jamdagni, He angrily ordered his sons one by one to punish their mother but four of them refused on one pretext or the other. The sage cursed them to become eunuchs and got her beheaded by his fifth son, Parusharama. To everybody's astonishment, Renuka's head multiplied by tens and hundreds and moved to different regions. This miracle made her four eunuch sons and others to become her followers, and worship her head.

Saundatti - Jain Stone with inscription:

Shri Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple - Saundatti/Savadatti - Belgaum
Photograph of an Jain inscribed stone slab from Saundatti in Karnataka, taken by William Henry Pigou in 1856, from Taylor and Fergusson's 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Saundatti, near Belgaum in Karnataka, was once The capital of the Rattas, before they shifted to Belgaum in the 12th century. The town is one of Karnataka's most famous pilgrimage sites because of its temple to the powerful goddess Yellamma. A form of Devi, the mother goddess, Yellamma is particularly known for the cult of the devadasi associated with her temples. Devadasis, 'female servants of the god', were young girls dedicated to temples in India, the custom being particularly prevalent in the south. The custom led to many practices which devalued the girls until they were reduced to the role of prostitute to the devotees, and efforts are being made in modern India to eradicate it. The image is described as 'the Sanskrit and Kanarese inscription slab of Krishna Rastrakuta, Shaka 797(c. 875), and Vikramaditya, Shaka 1017 (c. 1095 A.D).'

Yellamma Devi Fair

The Yellamma Devi fair is held at the Yellamma temple located in Saundatti of Belgaum district. The Yellamma temple is the shrine of Yellamma Devi or Renuka, wife of Sage Jamadagni. The temple is located atop a hill known as Yellammagudda.

Even though the Yellamma Devi fair is held on many occasions between October and February, the biggest celebration takes place on the full moon day of Margasira. On this auspicious day known as the Bharat Hunnime, the famous Neeramanavi Yellamma jatra is taken out. On this occasion, the goddess Yellamma is worshipped in the manner of Shakti Puja, complete with all its attendant rituals.

During the Yellamma Devi fair, women become Devadasis or slaves of God. This age-old practice has been dubbed as religious prostitution by NGOs and other social organizations. More than 30 thousand devotees from Raichur, Bellary, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Belgaum and various districts of Maharashtra, Andhra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa participate in the Yelamma fair and the car festival

How to Reach:

Saundatti is 37 km from Dharwad and 85 km from Belgaum. KSRTC buses and private taxis operate regularly in this route.

Bangalore to Dhavangere - > Hubli - > Saundatti to Yallammagudda 490 KM.



41 comments:

  1. HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR - SAUNDATTI KEE YELLAMMA MAAAAAAAAAAAAAATAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    MAY GOD MOTHER YELLAMMA SHOVER HER ALL HER BLESSINGS TO ALL WE HINDUISM OF THE ENTIRE WORLD.

    JAI YELLAMMA MAATAA - JAI BHOLENAATH - JAI BRAMHA BHAGWAANON KE BHAGWAAN

    BHAGWAAN PARSHURAAM KEEE JAAAAAAAI

    OM MAHADEV

    SHMABHO MAHADEV....................................................................

    FROM JABALPUR -IYER RLYS.

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  2. hello
    hi sir i m rajiv from maharastra state .will you please send a information about yellamma maata in hindi and the photos of yellamma maata.my e-mail id is rajivnamujwar@gmail.com

    Regards:Rajiv Namujwar

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  3. hello
    hi sir i m shree from maharastra state .will you please send a information about yellamma maata in hindi and the photos of yellamma maata.my e-mail id is shri.s109@gmail.com

    Regards:shree

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  4. Nice Post. This enter helped me in my college assignment. Thnaks Alot

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  5. Udoo Udoo Yallamma,

    Hi sir i am suresh from davangere, (present stay in bangalore), plese give me some information, ware i can get the book (Yallamma devi CHARITRA BOOK, & GRANTHA )yallamma devi.

    Plese mail me if you have any information. mail id :suresh8844@gmail.com

    Regardrs
    9945719173

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  6. JEYA JEYA SREE RENUKA GENGAMMA DEVI,

    VERY VERY NICE POST,ANY NEW INFORMATION PLEASE SEND EMAIL.MY MAIL ID- g15061980@gmail.com MY MOBILE NUMBER 09442490249.

    REGARDS,
    GOPINATH.N.
    SREE RENUKA GENGAMMA DEVI TEMPLE,
    MANALMETTUPATTY,
    ESANATHAM(P.O),
    ARAVAKURUCHI(T.K),
    KARUR(D.T)
    TAMIL NADU.

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  7. SHRI RAMAJAYAM

    Yellamma Maataa kee JAI - Jai Bhagwaan Parshuraam - shambho Mahadev -

    HAPPY DATTATREYA JAYANTI ON 10.12.2011 - HAPPY BIRTH HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOD DATTATREYA -

    JAI RENUKAA MAATAA KE DATT JAYANTI JAATRA WAALE - SAMAST SHUBHKAAMNAAYEN - JAI JAI BHAGWAAN PARSHURAM KAA YELLAMMA KAA GALLA -

    SHEKHER IYER - RAILWAYS JABALPUR.

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  8. UDE GA AAI UDE UDE
    UDE GA RENUKA AAI UDE UDE

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  9. UDE GA AAI UDE UDE GA AAI UDE

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  10. ude ga aai ude

    udega renuka ude

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  11. if u have ne kind of problems in lyf....jus close ur eyes n meditate yallamma renuka aai....wid all ur concentration n devotion n see d magic........

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  12. SHRI RAMAJAYAM

    07.02.2012
    Yellamma Maataa kee JAI - Jai Bhagwaan Parshuraam - shambho Mahadev -

    HAPPY MAGH POURNAMI JATRA UTSAV FROM 07TH TO 13TH FEBRUARY'2012

    JAI YELLAMMA MAATAA KEE AVOM SAMAST JATRAA WAALE - SAMAST SHUBHKAAMNAAYEN - JAI JAI BHAGWAAN PARSHURAM KAA YELLAMMA KAA GALLA -

    SHEKHER IYER - RAILWAYS JABALPUR.

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  13. Shri Ramajayam
    The 12th Feb'2012
    Namaskar to all the South Indians.

    We south Indian bramhins especially Iyers do worship Mariaamman temples situated in all over Tamil Nadu and Karnataka specially, but no one however, is perfectly aware of the actual meaning of the word " Maria-amman" itself.

    I am to submit here with its narration and the Principal Mariamman of our Southern India is YELLAMMA MARIAMMA.

    An Ordinary person specially a hindu will wonder and surprise as to how and whether a Hindu son can and will cut his own mothers' head by his own axe on the direction of his father. One will shiver of such direction and think curiously. But, it is not in the instant case of Yellamma Mariamma.

    So Yellamma Renuka is our oldest Hindu culture mythology i.e. called the Mother of Lord Parshuram who by his axe( farsaa) cut and removed his own mother's head on the annoyance of his father and as per his father's directions. Furthermore, after doing this, can one imagine that a cut piece blood shedded head get again re-join the old body. This also so happened on the direction of Lord Parshuram who on asking by his father a desire - in turn - asked to re-join the mother's head lying on the earth blood shedded. That also happened as a boon i.e. a mother lying on the earth blood shedded separated her head - got her head re-joined and thus became re-alive, with the same as existing humanly body i.e. called Maria-Amman.

    Every south indian especially Iyers and other crores of worshippers since thousands of years are not aware of this exact meaning, but we do it as a mark and humble. Hence Saundatti Yellamma Renuka is that goddess whom we in south india in thus huge temple pray her.

    If we peruse the net a bit depth, you will find the place of Lord Parshuram Temple too of Saundatti which most of us do visit and pay homage to that Lord.

    My dear respected not only the South Indian Hindu Iyers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, but also the crores and millions of public coming on this pious eve of Jatra - Maagh Pournami Utsav Mela - being solemnised from 07th February'2012 to 13th of February'2012, are given this Detailed Message for not only knowledge, but to make them aware the factualness and the bitter truth behind this.

    I once again pray with all my humbleness for and on behalf of all we crores and crores of Hindus - may be rich or poor, may be high doctorate literal personnels, semi literals, or even may be a poor illeterate villagers that May Lord Parshu Rama to shower all his blessings and asheerwaad on all of us and always give us a good work culture with honesty, sincerity,diligence, all progress in our overall daily life with prosperity.

    Submitted with regards, love and crores of respectable affection to all the Jatra people on this pious eve.

    Om Mahadev - Jai Parshuram -

    Shekher Iyer - Railways - jabalpur -
    Mo No. 0 99816 89134

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  14. an article was written through google, make it wide publish.

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  15. I LOVE RENUKA DEVI VERY MUCH.......!SHE HAS FACED SOOOO MANY PROBLEMS IN HER REAL LIFE, SO SHE ONLY CAN UNDERSTAND OUR PROBLEMS, AND ACCORDING TO OLDEN DAY WORDS I HEARD THAT SHE IS THE ONE AND ONLY WOMEN WHO FACED LOTS OF TROUBLES.... IN THIS WOELD. SO DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS I HOPE SHE CAN UNDERSTAND OUR PROBLEMS ND GIVE US ENOUGH OF HAPINESS.. I CAN SAY FOR SHOUR FROM WHEN I STARTED BELIVING HER M HAPPY. BEFOR THAT NOBODY USED TO CARE ME, I USED TO FEEL SO SAD ABOUT IT. THE CONDITION IS SAME NOW ALSO BUT M HAPPY. DONT KNOW HOW.......
    JAI BOLO RENUKA MATHA KI,......JAI
    JAI BOLO YELLAMA THALLI KI JAI..............!!!!!
    JAI BOLO JAMATHAGNI MUNI RAJU KI...JAI
    JAI BOLO PARSHURAM KI....JAI

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    1. hariom, this is chhaya from pune i too belive in her has she is our anctor god but she is from kookatnoor even i was facing many problems by grace of her know all is well kindly write me on my mail it is chhaya.athanikar@vantageindia.co.in or you can call also on my cell it is 9766140687

      warm regards
      chhaya athanikar

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    2. pls contact me on gmail iyer.shekher123@gmail.com - will guide you proper about Yellamma Saundatti. hope to do the needful

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  16. udho udho renuka yellamma devige

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  17. sir please give me contact number of temple

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  18. hello
    hi sir i m vishal from maharastra state .will you please send a information about yellamma maata in hindi and the photos of yellamma maata.my e-mail id is muthaluc@gmail.com
    mobile -:+919987651565

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  19. shri Ramajayam

    Jai Yellamma Maataa -

    with the grace of Yellamma the divine function of Chitra Month went on nicely with all traditional system and full of public gatherings at our local place Jabalpur(MP) -

    Bhagwan Parshuram kaa sampurna asheerwaad ham samast hindu jagat par bana rahe yahee praarthna eeshwar sey hai.

    with best wishes - shekher Iyer

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  20. uuUDO GA AAI UDO UDO,UDO GA RENUKA AAI UDO UDO,UDO GA YALLAMA AAI UDO UDO

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  21. Sri Renuka Yallamma devi is also mother of Lord Maha Vishnu the 6th avathar of Parasurama part of 10 avatars as 1. Matsya, 2.Kurma, 3.Varaha, 4.Narasimha, 5.Vamana, 6. Parasuram, 7.Srirama, 8.Srikrishna, 9.Lord Balaji, 10. Kalki the last avathar in future

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  22. For more Info about soudatti yellamma:


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saundatti

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  23. Shri ramajayam
    The 24th December'2012

    Namaskar everybody,
    Hope you all enjoyingthe Article date 12th Feb'2012 submitted with Goddes Mother Yellamma. Now from today onwards there is the Renowned Saptaah started from 22nd of Dec'2012 i.e. Datt Jayanti Pournami falling on 28th December,2012 Friday.

    My submission is that Datt jayanti being falling on 28th of December,2012 and falling on this day is the super pious DAY for all we Hindus hence it is requested to kindly have a HUGE LONG RED CLOTH CHOLEE AS AN OFFER ON THIS DAY WITHOUT FAIL BY ALL OF US AT OUR SAUNDATTI tEMPLE, THE MOMENT AT 18.00 HRS GOD DATTATREYA TAKES HIS AVATAR - HORN THE SHANKH OF GOD MOTHER LOUDLY BY OFFERING THE INSTANT CHOLEE WITH ALL OTHER RITUALS,OFFERS AND DO POOJA.

    All the public gathering at Saundatii YELLAMMA RENUKAA DEVI DATT JAYANTI POURNAMI JATRA MAY HAVE THE BLESSINGS - ASHEERWAAD - INCLUDING THAT OF LORD PARSHURAAM AND BOW DOWN TO OUR LORD PARSHURAM BY SAYING - BHAGWAAN PARSHURAAM KEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE JAYA - NAYA SAAL KEE SHUBHKAAMNAAYEN HAM SABHEE JATRAA GAN AAPKO DENE AAAAAAAAAAAAYE HAIN.

    BOLO SABHEE JAN MILKE -

    BHAGWAAN DATTATREYA KE JAYA

    YELLAMMA MAATAA KEE JAYA

    BHAGWAAN PARSHURAAM KEE JAYA

    CHEEEEEEEEEEERS AND HAPPY DATT JAYANTI POPURNAMI - YELLAMMA RENUKAA MAATAA - HIS HIGHEST EXCELLENCY THE LORD PARSHURAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM AT SAUNDATTI.

    NAMASKAR & REGARDS


    Shekher Iyer - Railways Jabalpur(M.P.)
    Mo No. 0 99816 89134

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  24. Datt Jayanti Pournami - samast shubhkaamnaayen

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  25. Is this devi prayed for any specific purpose?

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  26. saudatti aai tu bhala kar INDIA cha

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  27. I love amma....she help a lot...she is more than a mom for me...I love you soo much amma ....Please be with me forever....Thanks for everything amma

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  28. I like this full story abt goddess .

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  29. matha she really power full devi...

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  30. Happy Dattatreya Jayantee - Sandatti kee Yellammaa - falls on 16.12.2013 - Datt Jayanti Poornimaasee kee 17.12.2013 ke jatra mey Bhagwaan Parshuram ka samast sansaar jagat ko aasheerwaad deejiye ---------------- samast sansaar sukhee rahe. Regards

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  31. Happy New year to all on behalf of Sandatti kee Yellamma to all the world over with a humble prayer to shower all her blessings and asheerwaad on all the Hindus all the world over.

    Regards - Shekher Iyer - M No. 99816 89134

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  32. Shri Ramajayam - the 14th February'2014 -

    All my visitors at Saundatti Teerth place - from today onwards - the most valuable Saundatti jatra commences from 14th to 20th on the eve of Maaghee - Saptaaaaaaaaaaaah - have darshan - aasheerwaad - Jai Yellammaa Maataa alongwith Lord parshuraam - praying to give us longevity - hinduism - prosperity - happiness on all the Hindus all the world over -

    best regards ........................................................................... - Shekher Iyer - M No. 99816 89134

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  33. Shi Ramajayam - The 27th February,2014

    Om Mahadev - Maha Shivrati - May Lord Shiva - the father of this earth world bless all of us on this day at Yellammaa Teerth Gudda.

    Shekher Iyer - Railways - Jabalpur M No. 99816 89134

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  34. huh... this is just a dotish way to legalize prostitution...

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  35. Shri Ramajaym - The 04th April'2014 -

    Chaitra Month Navaratri is going on and today being 05th day, Maythe Lord Parshuram at Saundatti shower all his blessings/asheerwaad amongst all us during Festival of Shri Ramanavami .. Bhaye prakat kripaalaa deen dayaalaa - Kaulshalya Hitkaari - this is what is the first saying in Ramayan while we start chanting Ramayan in our traditional culture .................................... It is th Lord Parshuram who may incultate the Character of Lord Rama at large in all of us. regards ................................. Shekher Iyer

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