Bhadrakali Temple in Bhadrak, Odisha – The goddess of Power


The famous Bhadrakali temple, the goddess of Power, on the name of which the city of Bhadrak originates situated on Bhadrakali Village,about 10 km from Bhadrak town.

On the Eastern side of the temple there is a tank and an opera mandap. River Salandi flows in the west. On the Northern and Southern sides there are residential complexes meant for the devotees. Besides, a Jagannath temple is there in the compound of Bhadrakali temple.

According to legends originally Bhadrakali was worshiped inside a cave in the Meghasana hill of Mayurbhanja district by a sage named Tapasa Russi. After the death of the sage, one of his pupil namely Bhadranatha brought the goddess to Bhunyamahalla of Bhadrak. The Bhunya community brought a priest community called the Dixits from Jajpur to perform regular seva-puja & niti (daily worshiping and care taking). The Dixit community is believed to be originally from north Indian region of Kanyakubuja.

To protect the goddess from the wrath of the Muslim invader namely Kalapahada the Bhunyas and the Dixits brought the goddess to the present place i.e Aharapada on the bank of the river Salandi.

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The last Independent King of Odisha Gajapati Mukunda Dev established the statu of Lorg Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra at Bhadrakali pitha.

There are a number of folktales and historical opinions regarding the goddess, “Maa Bhadrakali” and the “Pitha”. Despite the same the Pitha has been a place which has always attracted devotees from all over the state and the country be it for worship by the commoners or by the Tantra Sadhakas (Tantriks).

Bhadrakali temple