Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal is counted as one of the oldest temples of Indian History dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali or Kali Mata. The temple is located on the hilltop between the two cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal in Telangana state.
Bhadrakali Temple History
The writings on the temple wall depict that the temple was built in 625 AD by the Chalukya King Pulakeshin II after successfully victory over Vengi region of Telangana under his dominion. Later Kakatiya kings have adopted the temple and considered Goddess Bhadrakali as their “Kula Devatha”. A lake was also built by Ganapati deva adjacent to the temple. The temple lost its importance when Kakatiya dynasty falls by Muslim rulers of Delhi. In 1950, the temple was renovated by Sri Ganesh Rao Sastri a devi upasaka along with Gujrati Business Man shri Maganlal.
Bhadrakali Temple Architecture
Single stone sculpture architectural style of the Chalukya dynasty follows all parts of the temple to the main deity. The Kakatiya style of architecture noticed in the stone made entrance gateways. The main deity Goddess Bhadrakali made of square shaped stone image (2.7 X 2.7 meters) with fierce looking eyes, and eight arms each carrying various weapons. The vahana of the deity, Lion is placed opposite to the sanctum sanctorum. Temple also has Dwajasthambam and a Balipeetam.
Bhadrakali Temple Timings
The temple remains open in the morning from 5:30 AM to 1:00 PM and in the evening from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
How to reach the Bhadrakali Temple
The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad Airport). It is about 180 KMs away from the temple.
The nearest railway station is located at Warangal railway station a distance of about 5 KMs. Auto and cabs are available to go the temple.
The temple is located about 2 km from Hanamakonda new Bus station. A good transport facility is available to reach out to temple by road through TSRTC or auto-rickshaw services.