About the Temple
The Kalika Mata Temple is a fascinating destination to visit in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. The temple is consecrated to mother Goddess Kali who is the symbol of power. Originally the temple was built by Bappa Rawal for the Sun god in the 8th century but later it was converted into Kalika Temple in 14th century AD.
This ancient temple is an excellent architectural example of the Pratihara Period. The Kalika Mata Temple pleases not only the religiously inclined people but also attracts the art lovers and general tourists.
Constructed on a raised podium, the Kalika Mata Temple has wonderfully sculptured exteriors. The pillars, mandap, entrances and the ceiling of the temple display great intricate carvings. However, much of its glory was destroyed when Allaudin Khilji attacked Chittorgarh.
Temple History and Temple Architecture
Kalika Mata temple belongs to the 14thcentury. It said that this temple placed across Padmini Palace was originally a temple of the Sun God, which was built here during the 8th century by Bappa Rawal. This temple was destroyed after the attack by Allaudin Khilji. Later, Rana Hammir Singh reconstructed and renovated the temple as Kalika Mata Temple during the 14th century. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, this temple is an example of architectural brilliance.
The temple is placed between Padmini palace and Victory tower. The temple campus also has a huge vacant area where ‘Ratri Jagrans’ or night vigils are organized. Kalika Mata temple is located on a rock with its entry gate facing towards the east. The temple complex also has a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva which is known as Jogeshwar Mahadev.
Initially, the temple was built for the Sun God. Hence, the inner Sanctum of this temple has walls depicting Sun God surrounded by spouse and angels. The inner walls of the temple are painted and include Moon god as well. The rooftops are finely carved and narrowed at the top. The frames of the main doors are carved with Sun god as the central theme. The temple has a strong Mauryan architectural influence.
Festivals and Celebrations
The temple attracts thousands of devotees during the annual fair which is held near the temple complex. Devotees visit the temple to pay homage to Goddess Kali.
The festivals of Navaratri and Deepavali are celebrated joyously in this temple.
How to reach
By Road: Bus and taxis are available from all the major cities of Rajasthan to access the Kalika Mata temple.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Chittorgarh which is 2 km away from Kalika Mata Temple.
By Air: The nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport located at Udaipur which is about 90 km away from the temple.