Badrakali Amman Temple is dedicated to the goddess Badrakali in Sivakasi, a town in Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu. Badrakali Amman temple dedicated to Kali fierce manifestation of Parvati, the consort of Shiva. Bhadrakali (simply “Kali”), a Hindu goddess popular in Southern India is one of the fierce forms of the Great Goddess (Devi) mentioned in the Devi Mahatmayam. In Kerala and in West Bengal Kali worship is common among the Hindus and there are popular festivals associated with Kali. She is known as Sri Bhadrakali and Kariam Kali Murti Devi in Kerala who is believed to be the protector of the good. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is believed to have been built during the 18th century with later expansion during the 19th and 20th centuries. The tower or Rajagopuram of this temple has a breadth of 66 ft, width of 44 ft and a height of110 ft. Unlike other temples, the gopuram is not in axial direction towards the sanctum. The temple has a five-tiered gopuram, the gateway tower and a granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The presiding deity, Badrakali Amman, is housed in a west facing sanctum to the left of the gateway tower in a seated posture. The vimana of the shrine is plated with gold. The unique feature noticesable here is the main tower and the Garbagraha – sanctum are not in the same axis, this is rare in most of the Hindu temples. There is a large temple tank and a bell tower located axial to the sanctum. There are smaller shrines of other deities like Ayyappa, Murugan and Agora Murthy located adjacent to the temple tank.
During the 1800s, Nadars, then aspiring business community, established their business site in the city. At the end of the 19th century, the rapid rise in the Nadars’ business community lead to confrontation with the Maravars. The Nadars will have ownership of the Badrakali Temple and other smaller temples in the north of the city. Nadars entrance was denied When the Kashi Vishwanathar Temple attempted to enter the temple in 1899, it led to a series of riots which became to be known as the Sivakasi riots. The Bhadrakali temple was closed the riots and festivals were canceled for several days. A total of 22 people were killed, as many as 800 houses and big chariot in center of the city used by temple during festival were burnt during the riots. Finally the riots came too ended after the intervention of the military in mid-July 1899.
Morning 6.00 A.M – 12.00 P.M
Evening 5.00 A.M – 08:30 P.M
Panguni Pongal and Chithirai Pongal are the annual festivals celebrated for the deities Mariamman and Badrakali Amman in April and May respectively, both of which are celebrated for ten days.
The Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation operates daily services connecting various cities to Sivakasi. The State Express Transport Corporation operates long-distance buses connecting the town to important cities like Chennai, Tirupur and Thoothukudi and so on.
Sivakasi Railway Station is located in the rail head from Madurai to Senkottai. The Southern Railway operates daily express trains to places like Chennai, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Guruvayoor, Tirupathi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Mysore, Howrah and Nizamuddin.
Nearest airport is Madurai international Airport. Madurai Airport is located at about 61 kms away from Sivakasi.
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