One of the most captivating places in Chittorgarh, Kalika Mata temple belongs to the 14th century. 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. This temple was destroyed after the attack by Allaudin Khilji. Dedicated to Goddess Kali (one of the forms of Ma Durga), this temple is an architectural gem that belongs to the Pratihara times. Thus, this temple is not only a popular religious site but is also quite popular amidst tourists and art aficionados who visit Chittorgarh.
Kalika temple in Chittorgarh is located on an elevated podium and has intricately sculpted mandap, entry gates, ceiling and pillars. However, a huge part of the temple got destroyed when Allaudin Khilji had attacked the region. The temple is placed between Padmini palace and Victory tower, two of the popular tourist attractions in Chittorgarh. The temple complex also has a huge empty area where ‘Ratri Jagrans’ are organized. Kalika mata temple is placed on a rock with its entry gate on the east. The temple complex also has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is called Jogeshwar Mahadev.
The temple complex booms with major tourist activity during the yearly festival time. Devotees pour-in from all around to pay homage to the Goddess. Special decoration and lighting is done at the time of Navratri, when devotees visit the temple every day in huge numbers.