Warangal Bhadrakali Temple is a famous Bhadrakali Shakti Peetham. The annual brahmotsavam of Sri Bhadrakali would be held from May 1 to May 11 at the ancient Bhadrakali temple in 2014. It is performed in Vaishakha Masam as per Telugu calendar.
Special pujas, spiritual discourses and cultural programmes during the evenings form part of the brahmotsavams.
During Brahmotsavams the rituals such as ‘Bheri Puja’, ‘Dwajarohanam’, ‘Edurkolu Utsavalu’, ‘Sri Shankara Jayanthi’, ‘Rathotsavam’, ‘Churnotsavam’, and ‘Puspha Yagam’ are performed in grand manner.
Bhadrakali temple is one of the ancient temples of the district, believed to be constructed by King Pulakesi II of the Chalukya dynasty around 625 A.D. to commemorate his victory over Vengi region of Andhra Desam.
The Kakatiya kings who later ruled this region adopted Goddess Bhadrakali as their ‘Kula Devata’. The lake abutting the temple was built by Ganapathi Deva, a Minister in the Kakatiya dynasty.
B. S. Ganesh Rao, popularly known as Ganapathi Sastri, a devotee of Goddess Kali from Karnataka, migrated to Warangal in 1940s. He noticed the old Bhadrakali temple in shambles and strove to revive it. Over the decades, the temple again came into prominence. He along with local scholars like Mudumbai Ramanujacharya sought the help of Maganlal Sameja (a prominent local merchant) and other affluent persons and renovated the temple in 1950.