One among the 52 Shakti Peethas of Maa Sati, this beautiful Maa Bhagwati's Temple/ Mandir lays in the opens and calm spiritual surroundings of the Thanesar town of District Kurukshetra in Haryana.
Maa Bhadrakali’s Shrine is one of the oldest temples of the Ferocious Goddess, Maa Kali. Kurukshetra, which is primarily dedicated to pind daan and the place where Lord Krishna said the Geeta and where the great battle of Mahabharat took place, is also famous for this Maa's Temple. Before going to the fight, the Pandavas with Lord Krishna is said to have visited this temple and prayed for their victory of Dharma over Adharma and then later on after their victory presented Maa Kali a pair of horses at this temple.
This Kali Mata/ Maa Kaali/ Bhadrakali temple is one of the primitive Shakti Peeth amongst the main 52 in this world. This temple is fully dedicated to Badrakhali, a stern form of Shakti. As per the famous Shiva-Sati story,, it is alleged that the Right Ankle of Mata Sati fell here in a well in front of this temple. Presently a metal right ankle idol has been placed in front of Maa Kali's main idol/ murti being worshipped by all. This Shaktipeeth is otherwise also refered as Savitripeeth, Devikoop, Kalikapeeth.
The consort of Savitri is called Sthanu. Hence, the city is called Sthaneswar or Thanesar. Here the devotees offer terracotta horse that is a mud horse, to the deity for having their wishes fulfilled. You will find various horse idols in the center of the Mandir Verandah facing the lotus in the center. The devotees feel sanctified after coming here and they force themselves to come again to the shrine as the serene helps the mind to relax.
The Temple Compound
The temple is now a modern mortar contructed temple in a typical Hindu Mandir style with one main and 2 little shorter mounts as in the picture above. The main temple mount could be around 80-100 feet high. It is painted with beautiful white color on base and with red, orange, golden and black on top. The temple has a vast compound area. The main gate opens on a main road. Entering the temple compound, there is a straight 100 m approximate path to walk, where people even park their vehicles and a park on the right and open space on the left to that path. Moving further just before the main door of the temple, there is a prasad shop and a common hand wash area on the left. You can get horse idols and other prasad at this place to offer Maa Bhadrakali. Entering the main door of the temple there is a circular central well shaped area, where there is a beautiful lotus being constructed and horse idols on the peripheral. Across in front is the main temple room where Maa Bhadrakaali's main idol is kept for worshipping and a metal idol of the right ankle of foot placed on the door in front as well. Devotees bow at in front of this idol and then take a Parikrama (circumambulation of shrines) of this temple room. Alongside the parikrama, you worship other God and Goddess idols situated around the main temple room including Maa Saraswati, Maa Gayatri and more.
Just right to the main temple room is the open hall created for satsang/ kirtans in front of Shri Hari and his most famous incarnation idols, i.e. Radha-Krishna and Siya-Ram. There after on the left of the main Maa's room there goes a stair to take you to the first floor of the temple, where you find more idols, including a Shiv Lingam, a Beautiful Idol of Lord Rudra carrying Maa Sati's Abode and Lord Vishnu riding his Garuda with his Sudarshan Chakra depicting the event of the legend associated to the Shaktipeethas.
From the temple top, you can see the relatively open surroundings with small but concrete houses around and curvy paths of the little town.
Prachin Shakti Peeth Bhadrakali Mandir
Goddess Bhadrakali is one of the eight forms of Goddess Kali. Huge crowds accumulate in the heavenly premises of the temple on the occasion of Navratri festivals and likewise on every Saturday. Throughout Navratri celebration (September – October and in Mar-Apr) the temple is adorned with different materials and lit up continuously for 9 days. The celebration is commended for every one of the 9 days and everyday prayers God and bhajans or heavenly melodies or holy songs of the Goddess are sung in extraordinary dedication. The magnificence of the Goddess Sati Mata is incredibly lovely and awesome.
Idols in All Directions Surrounding Maa Bhadrakali
There is an astounding statue of Bhadrakali in this temple. South facing Hanuman Ji, Ganesh Ji and Bhairav Ji are present here as attendants and their idols are also adorned at every occasion. There is also an incredible Shivling or emblem of Lord Shiva in which head, consecration and snake is embossed naturally. As per legends, all Shaktipeethas were established by Lord Shiva. And all places where he established the Shaktipeeths, he posted a form Bhairav Bhagwan for protection. Lord Bhairav at these places is considered as the sign of the completeness of Maa Aadishakti and Lord Shiva.
In this holy place, Dwaipayan Sarovar with his gada is in the southern side and Sun Yantra or Surya Yantra and Daksheswara Mahadev temple is in the north-west. Sthaneshwar Mahadev is the closest Shiva Temple to this area and you should visit that along.
Hotels and Nearby Attractions
Accommodation is easily available in close proximity to the temple. There are many local hotels ranging from both deluxe and economy, tourism rest house and Dharamshalas for free or very nominally paid in the city. There are also hotels nearby railway stations which is especially set up by the Haryana Tourism for visitors for utmost comfort and it provides really well-furnished accommodation.
You can find peace and calmness in the surroundings with trees and grasses covering the shrine in all the directions.
This area is famous not just for Bhadrakali Temple but also for other shrines that is in close proximity like
- Sthaneshwar/ Thanesar/ Sthanvishwar Mahadev Temple
- Gogaphirji Ka Mandir
- Dharohar Museum
- Brahma Sarovar
- Panorama Science Museum
- Jola Lal Mandir
- Shri Nath Temple
- Khada Baba Mandir
- Bunashvar Mandi
- Hanuman Mandir
Captivating Attractions near Shrines
Other than all these there are many fascinating tourist attractions in the town. For kids near hotels there is also a Pipli Zoo for entertainment purpose and Panaroma Science Museum near temples. Most of the general stores are also getting converted to Prasad shops as the area is famous for its shrines all over. It has become now important pilgrimage centre.
About the Legend
As per the legend, there is a story on these Shakti Peethas and their significant importance in the Indian tradition. Maa Sati is one of the goddess of Indian legends daughter of “King Daksha”. When Sati was young and was growing old, she performed intense sacrament to get Lord Shiv as her husband. But her father was against the marriage; still Maa Sati managed to marry Lord Shiva against her father's will.
A day came when King Daksha was performing a Yagya, he asked all the deities to come but he did not invite Sati and Shiv. Sati insisted Shiv for attending the Yagya and Lord Shiv permitted her to go but Lord Shiv did not. On the approval of Lord Shiv, Sati went to attend the Yagya, but her father insulted her and her husband which she could not tolerate.
On insult of Lord Shiva by Maa Sati’s father, she threw herself in the sacred fire. When Lord Shiva heard this, he infuriated. Shiva started pacing all over universe with the body of Maa Sati in his arms. He started the ferocious dance forms of destruction of the universe. In order to save the Universe, all the deities and devas went to Lord Vishnu and groveled for help. Lord Vishnu with his Sudharshan Chakra cut her body into many parts. Where ever these parts fell on earth, those places became Shakti peeths. Though there are many Shaktipeethas in this world, however only 51 are considered to have been found.
One amongst those 52 Shakti Peeths is this, Maa Bhadrakali's Temple where her right ankle fell down, since then it became a sacred place for worship. Pandavas worshipped here before marching for Mahabharat war along with Lord Krishna and after the victory in the battle, Lord Krishna came here again to worship and offered his horses in her service. Since then the devotees are offering terracotta and gold or silver horses in return after their wishes are getting fulfilled.