word Yelamma yields different interpretations. 'Yella' means 'all' and as such
it stands for the whole universe comprising
animate and inanimate objects. It ran also be interpreted as applicable to humans
which invariably includes all castes,
creeds and cults, regardless of distinctions. Another deviation referees to the
boundary of a place, and so she is the goddess stationed at the boundary to
protecting the people from external danger by her round the clock vigil. The
honorific name Yellamma or Polimeramma needless to say, stands for a goddess,
who exercises untiring constant vigilance over certain region. Does not the
practice of installing her icon outside the village justify its connotation? Like
an ideal sentinel, she keeps guard of the entire area under her jurisdiction and
screens people from external harm.
This temple at Bekkarapalli dedicated to Yellamma has built up certain exotic
traditions that mirror the worshippers steadfast faith, though dismissed by
agnostics as blind beliefs unfit for adoration.