Situated opposite Baradari garden on the Mall Road of Patiala City is Shri Kali Mata Temple. This shrine was built in 1936 by the ruler of the Patiala, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh who financed the building as well as oversaw the installation there. He brought the idol of Goddess Kali & Paawan Jyoti from Bengal to Patiala. He also offered the first sacrifice of a water buffalo to the temple of Kali in Patiala. This large complex attracts devotees, both Hindu and Sikh, from distant places.
The great Patiala maharajas were great promoters of art and culture, and built many temples in the region. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh who ruled from 1900 to 1938, is said to have been inspired by the Kali temple in Bengal. He brought a 6ft statue and the sacred flame from Bengal to Patiala, and erected the shrine of Kali Mata.
The temple is built along the lines of architecture of the Patiala rulers. The white and red round dome has the temple's red flag flying atop. The walls of the temple have beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics and mythology. The sanctum has walls that are gold plated. Inside the sanctum is the 6ft tall idol of Mata Kali She is dressed in red robes, decked with a crown and flower garlands. An older temple to R...View more
j Rajeshwari also stands in the middle of the temple complex.Pic Courtesy :Wikipedia
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire
Patiala is associated with cultural beauty and elegance, with the royals being considered cultural and political icons of the place.. The architecture of the city reflects their love for local traditions and arts. Patiala has many sporting venues and the city has facilities for cricket, swimming, shooting, skating and hockey.
Patiala is one of the famous cities of Punjab and well connected to other parts of the country.
By air- Nearest airport is Chandigarh which is a major international airport. Chandigarh is 60 kms from Patiala.
By rail- Rajpura Railway Junction is 25 kms from Patiala. Ambala junction, a major railway head of the area is 60 kms fromPatiala.
By road - Patiala is well connected by road to Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala etc. Taxis and buses are available on these routes.
The priests perform regular puja and rituals to the deity. Aartis are performed to the Goddess
Mustard oil, dal (lentil), sweets, coconuts, bangles and chunnis. Devotees also offer liquor to the deity. Sacrifice of goats and roosters are also done here.
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