Dakshineshwar Kali Temple in Kolkata

Worship Goddess Kali at the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Worship Goddess Kali at the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple | Photo credit: Wikimedia commons/Wiki uk

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple Overview

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Exuding palpable spiritual energy, the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple of Kolkata was built by Rani Rashmoni - an ardent devotee of Goddess Kali. It rests favourably on the Hooghly River's eastern bank. There is an interesting story associated with the origin of the temple. It is said that Rani Rashmoni, who was famed for her philanthropic activities, planned to set off for a long pilgrimage to the holy city of Kashi. Just the night before the commencement of the pilgrimage, Rani Rashmoni had a vision of Goddess Kali in a dream. The goddess asked Rashmoni to install Her statue on the Ganga River bank and arrange for Her worship there, instead of travelling to Kashi. Deeply affected by the dream, Rani bought a 20-acre plot from an Englishman named John Hastie and started the construction of the temple in 1847, which took eight years to complete. The idol of Goddess Kali was installed on 31st May 1855 on the Snana Yatra day.

Spanning across three floors, this temple reflects traditional Navaratna style of Bengal architecture. It rests on a raised platform that is approximately 100 feet above the ground. From the flight of stairs to the nine exquisite spires that are distributed in the upper two storeys, every architectural feature of this temple is simply awe-inspiring. The idol of Goddess Kali, in the form of Bhavataraini, is placed upon a silver thousand-petal lotus in the garbha griha. In proximity to the main temple, there is a row of a dozen of identical Lord Shiva temples - each of which is built in Aat Chala Bengal architecture. A Vishnu Temple that houses idols of Lord Krishna and Radha is built towards the north-west of the complex. Within the compound, there is also a bathing ghat, a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni and Nahavat-Khana, where Ramakrishna (temple priest) spent a considerable part of his life.

  • Opening Closing Time 5:00 am – 01:00 pm
    04:00 pm – 08:00 pm

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Dakshineshwar, Belgharia, Kolkata, 700076, West Bengal