Bhadrakali Temple is an important Devi temple located on the hilltop in Thadakamalla Village between Hanamkonda and Warangal city in Telangana State. It is a temple of high esteem for the devotees of the Goddess Bhadrakali, whom they affectionately call the ‘Grant Mother Goddess’. The unique feature of the temple is the huge square-shaped stone image of the Goddess of size 2.7 X 2.7 meters. The image of the Goddess, wearing a crown and having eight hands carrying various weapons, is seen in a sitting pose with fierce-looking eyes and face.
Annaprasadam is distributed to devotees every day between 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for 50 members and on Sundays for 100 members. Brahmotsavams April or May, Vasanta Navaratri, Shakambari Utsavam, Sharan Navaratri and Bathukamma Festival is also celebrated with great fervor. A large number of women and girls gather at Bhadrakali Lake with beautifully arranged flower patterns, to offer prayers.
Warangal Bhadrakali Ammavari Temple Timings:
Morning: 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening: 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Hanamkonda Bhadrakali Temple Attractions:
In the vicinity of the temple, there is an artificial lake within a 2.5 km radius and there are several natural rock formations in the surroundings which are the fascinating features of the temple. It is believed that some of the unique shaped rocks possess immense spiritual powers. The structure of the temple is 250 years old. Though the deity is called by the name Bhadrakali, the goddess is said to have been transformed by mantras, into Tripura Sundari, a very rare form that includes the Kali form. Tripura Sundari is considered the highest expression of Prakriti, the feminine power, which is the vital energy of the universe. Tripura Sundari literally means ‘The Beauty of the Three Worlds’.
Hanamkonda Bhadrakali Temple History:
The temple is said to have been built in 625 AD. by King Pulakeshin II of the Chalukya dynasty to commemorate his victory over the Vengi region of Andhra Desham, according to the writings on the temple wall.
The kings of Kakatiya later adopted the temple and regarded the goddess Bhadrakali as their “Kula Devatha” and later kept Kohinoor Diamond as the left eye of the idol. Ganapati deva also built a lake adjacent to the temple. Due to the fall of the Kakatiya dynasty to the Delhi Muslim rulers, the temple has lost its importance. The Kakatiya negotiated a truce with Allauddin Khilji offering the diamond in return for not being 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 Devi upasaka with Gujrati businessman Shri Maganlal. B.Sameja, founder of the Shri Bhadrakali temple. Warangal Bhadrakali Devi blessed Maganlal Sameja in his dream and told to renovate the temple.
The history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond; Part of the British Crown Jewels, is closely associated with this temple as it was installed, like the left eye of the goddess Bhadrakali by the Kakatiya dynasty.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit the Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal is ‘Sravana’ (August – September). There is a festival during this time and the deity is beautifully decorated in various forms. There are 8 major temples and 12 minor temples surrounding the mountains of Bhadrakali Temple radiating a holy aura when filled with a large number of devotees and their prayers.
Hanamkonda Fort and the thousand pillared Hanamkonda Temple are the other hot destinations near the Bhadrakali Temple. Inside the fort is the Siddeshwara Temple with a small Linga shrine.
Festivals celebrated in the Temple:
Vasantotsavam or Vasanta Navaratri in Chaitra masam
Shakambari Navratri in Ashada masam
Maha Sharan Navaratri or Durga Devi Navaratri in Ashwayuja Masam
Maghi Utsava or Magha Navaratri in Magha masam
Bhadrakali Brahmotsavam in Chaitra masam
Sravana Masam Festival
How to reach The Temple:
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad is the nearest Airport which is 180 km. From the airport, direct buses and private cabs are available to Warangal.
Warangal Railway station is the nearest station (5 km). Auto and cabs are available from the railway station and it will take 25 minutes to reach the Temple
Warangal city Bus station is 4.5 km away from the Temple.
Hanamkonda Bhadrakali Temple Address:
Near Lal Bahadur College,
Kapuwada – Bhadrakali Temple Road,
Telangana – 506007.
Contact Number: 094910 00707