Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal

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Bhadrakali Temple
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal.jpg
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal is located in India
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal
Location in India
Geography
CountryIndia
StateTelangana
DistrictWarangal
LocaleHanamakonda
Coordinates17°59′42″N 79°34′58″E / 17.9949°N 79.5828°E / 17.9949; 79.5828Coordinates: 17°59′42″N 79°34′58″E / 17.9949°N 79.5828°E / 17.9949; 79.5828
Culture
SanctumBhadrakali

Bhadrakali Temple[1] is one of the oldest temples for Goddess Bhadrakali, situated on a hilltop between the two cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal.

History[edit]

The temple is believed to be built in 625 A.D by the King Pulakeshin II of Chalukya dynasty to commemorate his victory over Vengi region of Andhra Desham, as per the writings on the temple wall.

Kakatiya kings later have adopted the temple and considered Goddess Bhadrakali as their "Kula Devatha". A lake was also built by Ganapati deva adjacent to the temple. Due to the fall of Kakatiya dynasty to the Muslim rulers of Delhi, the temple lost its prominence. Allauddin Khilji destroyed the temple and looted the koh-i-noor diamond, which was in crown of the goddess bhadrakali murti. In 1950, the temple was renovated by Sri Ganapathi Sastri a devi upasaka along with the help of a local merchant and other affluent locals.[2].Apara Ekadashi is observed as Goddess Bhadrakali Ekadashi.[3]The history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond; part of British Crown Jewels, is closely associated with this temple as it was installed, as the left eye of Goddess Bhadrakali by the Kakatiya dynasty.[4]

Architecture[edit]

The exceptional feature of the temple is the 2.7 x 2.7 m2 stone image of Goddess Bhadrakali with fierce looking eyes, and eight arms each carrying various weapons. Goddess Bhadrakali's vahanaLion is placed opposite to the sanctum sanctorum. Temple also has Dwajasthambam and a Balipeetam.

Transport[edit]

A good transport facility is available to reach out to temple by road through TSRTC or auto-rickshaw services. Warangal railway station and Kazipet railway station are the nearest railway stations to the temple.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bhadrakali Temple – Bhadrakali Temple History". Durga-puja.org. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Bhadrakali Temple". Cityofwarangal.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ Apara Ekadashi in 2018[1]
  4. ^ Kohinoor Diamond owner is Bhadrakali Goddess in Warangal[2]