Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple

Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Devasthnam is a temple located in Kalasiguda, Secunderabad, Hyderabad District in Telangana State India, which is more than 200 years old installed in July 1814. Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Matha is the main deity of this temple, who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. The idol of the goddess is seen in the padmasana posture with four hands carrying a sword, a spear, a damaru (two-headed drum), a vessel of amrut. The idol is covered and fixed with a silver shield (vendi kavacham).

Devotees offer prayers to the goddess every day. In particular, Lakhs of devotees offer prayers during Ashada Jathara, which usually falls on Sunday and Monday. It is also popular during the festival of Bonalu.

It is believed that in the year 1813, Cholera broke out in the city and thousands of people died due to it. At the same time batch of military battalion transferred to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh from Secunderabad. A doli bearer Suriti Appaiah along with his associates went to the Mahakali Devastanam at Ujjain and prayed for the benefit of people, if the people saved from the epidemic, he will install a deity of the goddess. AS soon as they have return from Ujjain, Appaiah and his associates installed the idol made of wood in Secunderabad in July 1814.

Thousands of devotees visit this place to seek blessings of Goddess Mahankali. During July and August, the temple is illuminated with electric lights and decorated with garlands, buntings and festoons for the festival of Mahankali Ammari Jathra. It is an annual event that glorifies peace, harmony and security of the people endowed by Goddess Mahankali’s blessings. There are abhisheks, poojas and serving of prasadam to the Goddess every day by hundreds of people.

Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Temple Religious Significance
Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple is known for conducting the Vedas daily poojas with a lot of perfection. On most of Friday's special decorated and holy archanas are wholeheartedly being performed for the Hindu devotees. During the celebration of Navarathris, unique type of pooja's are performed in the special month of Ashwayujam with attractive and beautiful floral decorations for the primary goddess. On the other hand, Saptasathi homamas are performed with lot of dedication and commitment. Daily thousands of devotees have the special darshan of goddess plus get blessed. The special pooja's of this temple are Sahastra Nama Archana, Nitya Aarathi, Abhishekam, Swarna Pushparachana, Pallaki Seva on Tuesday and Friday at 6.00pm, Chandi Homam on Pournami only, Laksha Pushparchana and Ghatam Pushpa Alankaram per day only during Aashda Jathra. The Bogamluu of this temple are Pulihora, Chakari Pongal, Bella Pongal, Dadojanamu, Chanagalu, Rava Kesari, Anadanam and Shasvatha Anadanam. Shasvatha Chandi Homam is also performed in this temple. 

Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Temple Architectural Significance
Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple is built as per Dravidian temple architectural style and pattern. The temple complex is dotted with small temples with several Hindu Gods and Goddess. The temple's tower and walls are carved with epic stories of Hindu religion. This temple has idols of Gods and Goddess made of wood and special stones. The temple complex has a well that is filled with holy water that is used as offering on the poojas and festive occasions. The architectural style and pattern doesn't sink with Southern temple style and pattern in certain aspects. It doesn't have any influence of North Indian temple styles and patterns. Even the Ujjain temple features aren't used in this particular temple to a great extent.

Festivals at Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Temple
Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple is marked with certain special and unique festivals such as Ghatothsavam on first Sunday in the month of Ashada, Kolupu Potharaju Bali, Rangam during the period of Ammavari Jatara and Saganamputa(Farewell). During the festival of Bonalu, a large number of Hindu devotees and locals visit this particular temple with much commitment and dedication.

Timings : 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday Timings: 6.00 am - 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm - 10.00 pm. 
Time Required : 30 mins - 1 hour

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee