Bhadrakali Temple Warangal:
Bhadrakali Temple Warangal is located in between the Hanumakonda and Warangal cities, by the side of Bhadrakali Lake. The idol of Bhadrakali is 2.7 metres tall. The Goddess Bhadrakali will appear in a sitting position with 8 hands and carrying different weapons in different hands. The Warangal Bhadrakali temple is one of the oldest temples in india.
Bhadrakali Temple Timings:
Monday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Tuesday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Wednesday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Thursday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Friday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Saturday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Sunday : 05:30 am – 01:00 pm, 03:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Entry fee: No Entry fee
The temple provide food for visitors every day ( 50 members on Monday to Saturday, 100 members on Sunday)
Warangal Bhadrakali Temple Accommodation:
There is no accommodation provided by the temple. Visitors can stay in hotels near the Bhadrakali temple in Warangal.
- Hotel Shreya (2.19 KM from temple)
- Shri Karthik Lodge (2.25 KM from temple)
- Vishnu Residency ( 2.98KM from temple )
- Hotel LandMark ( 3.13 KM from temple )
- Shri vennela Residency ( 3.14 km from temple)
- Venkateshwara Mithra Residency (3.25 KM from temple)
Warangal Bhadrakali Temple Address:
Near Lal Bahadur college,
Thadakamalla village, Warangal, Telangana
Bhadrakali Temple Warangal dress code:
The required dress for men is a shirt and pants, dhoti, or pyjamas with an upper garment.
The dress code for women is a saree, half-saree, and blouse or churidar with an upper garment.
Festivals Celebrated in Bhadrakali Temple Warangal:
Apart from regular incense offerings, Sharan navaratri in the month of Ashwayuja. and Vasanta ratri in the month of Chaitra are held with great Splendour every year.
Every year on Sri Krishna Janmashtami Night the goddess Bhadrakali is decorated and worshipped in the form of Lord Krishna.
On the day of Shankara Jayanti, the marriage festival (Kalyanotsavam) of Sri Bhadrakali Bhadreshwara is celebrated with great pomp.
On the full moon ( Pournami) day of Ashada maasa, Goddess is decorated as “Shakambari ”. On that day goddesses Bhadrakali will be decorated with garlands of different vegetables.
Bhadrakali Temple Warangal History:
It is seen in the books of “PRATAPARUDRA” and “SIDHESWAR” history that goddesses used to be the gold of the devotees and fulfilled their desires during the time of “prathapa rudhra” .
One day a scholar named Sudharshana mitru came to Ekashila nagar with 60 scholars on an elephant and said that he had come to meet prataparudra when the scholars heard that, they humiliated him and sent him away. Sudarshanamitra, who was hurt, with the intention of winning over the scholars with words, said, “This time is Krishna Chaturdashi, tomorrow is Amavasya, aren’t you?” He asked. Scholars are in trouble. Because, then it would be accepted the argument of Sudarshana Mitra. He decided that otherwise he would be defeated and argued that “tomorrow is full moon”. Tomorrow should have been a full moon for the scholars to win. In order to save them from that predicament, Shakhveli Mallikarjuna Bhattu, the chief of those scholars, went to Hanumakonda that night and worshipped Sri Bhadrakali Devi and praised that Goddess with 11 verses. The happy mother appeared and said “I will keep your word”.Seeing the full moon the next night, Sudarshanamitra begged for forgiveness. He went away accepting that it was not just a divine power, but a human power. That way Goddess Bhadrakali has been watching the devotees since that time. Sakhavelli Mallikarjuna Bhattu, mentioned in this account, belonged to the court of Prataparudra. So it appears that Bhadrakali temple was famous even during the time of Prataparudra.
After the fall of the Kakatiya Empire in 1323 AD, this temple seems to have lost its influence. Besides, the rule of the Golkonda Nawabs in the Hyderabad state, as a result of the misdeeds of the Rajakars, ended around AD. This temple was not restored until 1950. One day in 1950, Ganesh Shastri, the founding trustee of the temple, decided to go the next morning to a local Mudumbai Ramanuja Charya, a prominent businessman in the city, Maganlal Sameja, to ask him to help restore the temple.On the same night, Amma told Maganlal Sameja that two people will come to you tomorrow in a dream and that you should come to my temple and serve me with them.The next morning, thinking those two people who came to his house as angels, the merchant came to the temple and visited the goddess and promised Shastri that if the word that fell to my daughter returned, he would contribute to the restoration of the temple came back.Mesmerized by the majesty of the goddess, Maganlal Sameja undertook to restore the temple. Hari Radhakrishnamurthy, Tandra Venkataramanarsaiah, Adluri Sitaramasastri, Vangala Guruvayya, Tankasala Narasimha Rao, Mahatapaswini Mangalambika and many others contributed to him on that occasion.
Warangal Bhadrakali Temple. Goddess’s connection with Kohinoor Diamond
Warangal Bhadrakali Temple has a remarkable history. Those who hear about the precious Kohinoor diamond will be surprised to know the connection of the diamond with the goddess here. In 625 AD, Chalukya king Pulakesi II built the temple of Goddess Bhadrakali. The Kakatiyas who took over this region in later times worshipped Amma in a special way. They installed the Kohinoor diamond in Amma’s left eye. This lovely diamond was mined from Kollur Mines (Golkonda Mines).Later in 1310 AD, Allahuddin Khilji brought the Kakatiya Kingdom under his rule to the Delhi Empire. At that time, not only the temple of Bhadrakali was demolished but the Kohinoor diamond gifted to the goddess was looted and taken to Delhi.
After that, this very valuable diamond changed from one hand to another.From Babur and Humayun to Sher Shah Suri, from Sher Shah Suri to Shah Jahan, from Shah Jahan to Aurangzeb, from Aurangzeb to Maharaj Ranjit Singh of Patiala, this diamond changed hands. Maharaja Ranjit Singh wanted to give this diamond to the Jagannath temple in his last hours. But the then British officials ignored his words and gifted the diamond to the Queen of England instead of giving it to the Jagannath temple.Any king who owned the Kohinoor diamond from 1306 would have died earlier. In fact it is written that this diamond is bad luck if worn by men and only a god or a woman can wear this diamond without any harm. Queen Elizabeth 2, the next woman to wear this diamond after Goddess Bhadrakali, was unharmed. But a few years after the diamond came into their possession, the British Empire faced a gradual decline. In view of the curses that this diamond had given to kings in the past, the Queen kept aside the Kohinoor encrusted crown to avoid any untoward incident.
The Bhadrakali temple that we see today has faced many attacks, looting and vandalism in the past. After 1950 this temple was developed by some devotees and wealthy businessmen. Now this temple is specially visited by devotees throughout the year along with regular pujas.
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