Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal

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Bhadrakali Temple
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal.jpg
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictWarangal
DeityBhadrakali
Location
LocationHanamakonda
StateTelangana
CountryIndia
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal is located in India
Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal
Location in India
Geographic 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

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. The Kakatiyas negotiated a truce with Allauddin Khilji by offering the diamond in exchange not to be invaded. He sent his slave and personal confidant Malik Kufur to personally transport the diamond. In 1950, the temple was renovated by Sri Ganesh Rao Sastri a devi upasaka along with Gujrati Business Man shri Maganlal. B.Sameja.Founder of Shri Bhadrakali Temple. Warangal.Bhadrakali Devi blessed Maganlal sameja in Dream and bless for Renovate Temple.

After that the help of a local public 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. Archived from the original on 30 April 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ Apara Ekadashi in 2018[1] Archived 16 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kohinoor Diamond owner is Bhadrakali Goddess in Warangal[2]