There are eight major and twelve minor temples in the mountains surrounding the Bhadrakali Temple. Goddess Bhadrakali is residing there with respect and admiration. Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal is located on the hilltop between the cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal. The deity is called Grant Mother Goddess. Hanamkonda Fort is a kilometre away with the thousand-pillared Hanamkonda Temple. Inside the fort is the Siddeshwara Temple housing a small linga shrine. An inscription near the temple dates it at 1163.
History of Bhadrakali Temple
History says that Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal was constructed under the rule of King Pulakesi II of Chalukya dynasty around 625 A.D to honour his conquest over Vengi region of Andhra Desham, now Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Later in medieval era, the Kakatiya rulers adopted Goddess Bhadrakali as their "Kula Devatha" giving her preference over other Gods. The lake near Bhadra Kali Temple in Warangal was built later by Ganapathi Deva, a minister in the powerful Kakatiya Dynasty. A road leading to the temple was also added during that period.
Architecture of Bhadrakali Temple
The temple is square shaped with a stone image of the Goddess (2.7 x 2.7 meters). The image is seated with a fierce look in her eyes and on her face. The Goddess wears a crown and has eight hands holding various weapons. There is an artificial lake of two and half km radius close to the temple. Natural rock formations add to the charm of the temple and are the dominant feature of the temple. These rocks are said to carry spiritual powers too. The temple is around 250 years old. The image transforms into a rare form called Tripura Sundari with the help of mantras, which includes the Kali form. Tripura Sundari is regarded as the supreme manifestation of Prakriti - the feminine power a vital energy of the universe. Literal meaning is "The Beauty of Three Worlds".
Festivals of Bhadrakali Temple
The festival in Bhadrakali Temple is held in the month of Sravana - August-September. The deity is aesthetically decorated. There are eight major and twelve minor temples in the mountains surrounding the Bhadrakali Temple.