Bhadrakali Temple is in the Bhadrak district of Odisha, India, on the fringes of the revenue village Aharapada. The temple is located in the southwest of Bhadrak town, at a distance of 8 kilometers. According to popular belief, the town’s name was taken from the deity’s name.
The goddess is seated in a lotus pose on a lion in a black granite statue. Every day from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the temple is open to visitors and devotees. According to the goddess’s nomenclature, it is believed that the goddess Kali is being adored in this Bhadrakali Pitha. However, because the goddess is perched on a lion, one school of thought believes she is Durga. According to mythology, a sage named Tapasa Rushi worshipped Bhadrakali inside a cave in the Meghasana hill of the Mayurbhanj region. After the sage’s death, one of his students, Bhadranatha, transported the goddess to Bhadrak’s Bhunyamahalla. The Dikshit’s relocated her to her current location to safeguard the deity from Kalapahad. Crowds assemble primarily around Vijaya Dashami and Deepavali to seek the blessings of the benevolent mother.