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Saptamatruka Besha of Maa Bhadrakali

Bhadrakali Temple is located on the outskirts of the revenue village Aharapada which is at a distance of 8 km away from Bhadrak town in the south-west direction.The popular belief is that the name of the Town has been derived from the name of the deity.

The statue of Goddess is of black granite and is seated in lotus posture on a lion. The temple remains open for visitors and devotees every day from 6.30 am to 1 pm and again from 3 pm to 9.30 pm.As per the nomenclature of the goddess, one tends to believe that it is the goddess Kali who is being worshipped in this Bhadrakali Pitha. However, since the deity is seated on a lion, one school of thought has opined that the goddess can be no other than the goddess Durga. According to legends originally Bhadrakali was worshipped inside a cave in the Meghasana hill of Mayurbhanj district by a sage named Tapasa Rushi. After the death of the sage, one of his pupil namely Bhadranatha brought the goddess to Bhunyamahalla of Bhadrak.To protect the deity from Kalapahad, she was again transferred to present place by the Dikshit. Mostly during Vijaya Dashami and Deepavali crowds gather for seeking blessings of a benevolent mother. 

A seven day Maha Jagnya is celebrated every year stated from Kali Puja. In these seven days, seven Beshas of Maa Bhadrakali performed known as Saptamatruka Besha.

Saptamatruka Beshas are:

  1. Bedamata Besha
  2. Mahakali Besha
  3. Rajarajeswari Besha
  4. Singhabahini Besha
  5. Jagadhatri Besha
  6. Maha Saraswati Besha
  7. Maha Laxmi Besha

Read more about "Saptamatrak Besha" and more about Maa Bhadrakali Temple, Bhadrak at my blogs in Odia.

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