Hyderabad Shaan – History of Balkampet Yellamma temple
Balkampet Yellamma temple is an Hindu temple located at Balkampet in Hyderabad, it is very famous among Hyderabad Bonalu festival. The pilgrims believes that water in the well of this temple cures skin diseases. In many traditions, Renuka and Yellamma are taken to be two names for the same goddess. According to a tale, Renuka fled to a woman when her son Parushurama was coming to kill her. He found and beheaded her, along with the woman who had tried to protect her. When he later brought them back to life, he mistakenly attached the woman’s head to Renuka’s body, and vice versa. Jamadagni accepted the former as his wife Renuka, while the latter remained to be worshipped as Yellamma.