Bhadrakali Temple at Warangal (Hanamkonda) is significant temple located on the hill-top between the twin cities of Hanamkonda and Warangal. The temple is held in high esteem by devotees of the of Goddess Bhadrakali popularly called the 'Grant Mother Goddess'. Remarkable feature of the temple is the square shaped stone image of the Goddess (2.7 X 2.7 meters). In the image goddess is seen in a sitting posture with fierce looking eyes and face. The Goddess can also be seen wearing a crown and having eight hands holding various weapons.
As per the writings on the temple wall this temple is believed to be constructed by the King Pulakesi II of Chalukya dynasty around 625 A.D to commemorate his victory over Vengi region of Andhra Desham. This can be observed from the square pillars used in the temple structure which were different from the circular pillars commonly used in temples constructed by Kakatiyas.
The Kakatiya kings of 'Orugallu empire' which is the present Warangal city have adopted Goddess Bhadrakali as their 'Kula Devatha'. The lake was built later by Ganapathi Deva, a king in Kakatiya Dynasty. After Kakatiya dynasty gone to end, this temple was an abandoned and surrounded by hills and trees until 1950s.
Sri Ganapathi Sasthri (B.S. Ganesh Rao), a brahmin from Karnataka who migrated to Warangal has taken interest in renovating the temple and started living in this isolated place in a small house next to the temple. He sought the help of Sri Maganlal Sameja (a local marwadi merchant) and other affluent locals and renovated the old temple. During the renovation, Chandi yantra was installed in the temple and amrutha beejaksharas (holy shlokas) were written on the deity’s hanging tongue and modified the deity’s fierce looking eyes and tongue to a pleasant looking face. Since then everyday poojas, Sharannavaratras, Vasantha navarathras are being conducted regularly as per the Vedic rites.