Dakshineswar Kali Temple Kolkata

Dakshineswar Kali Temple Kolkata

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus in the district of North 24 Parganas and is marked as a top-notch attraction of Kolkata tourism. On a visit to the metropolis, make sure you schedule time in order to pay a visit to this antique temple in Dakshineswar and seek blessings from the presiding deity, Bhavatarini, who is an aspect of Kali. It is situated on the eastern bank of River Hooghly and its construction dates back to 1855. The temple in Eastern India is considered as a sacred spot for God-believers in the City of Joy. It is believed that the temple was built by Rani Rashmoni who was a philanthropist and a selfless devotee of Goddess Kali. The temple is well-known for its entwinement with Ramakrishna Paramhansa, a saint, and mystic of Bengal.

The large courtyard that envelops the temple in the compound includes rooms along with boundaries. You will get to witness the enormous twelve shrines at the temple that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, the companion of Goddess Kali. You will also find a temple dedicated to Radha-Krishna that is situated along the riverfront. There is a bathing ghat on the sacred river where pilgrims from far and wide come to dip themselves to purify their soul. A shrine, as a tribute to the legendary architect of the temple, Rani Rashmoni, is also located in the vicinity of the temple. Mystic Ramakrishna was a determined follower of Kali and thus, spent a substantial part of his life with his wife, Sharada, at the ‘Nahabat’, the chamber beyond the last shrine of Shiva. 

HISTORY OF DAKSHINESWAR KALI TEMPLE

Back in the 1800s, dense forests occupied the area where Dakshineswar erects today. Earlier in the past, it was known to be a small village situated along the eastern banks of Ganga. The story behind the establishment of Dakhineshwar Temple is thought provoking. If you keep fondness in ancient mythology, Dakshineswar facts may tantalize you. Rani Rashmoni, the well-known philanthropist and pilgrim, once headed for the sacred city of Kashi to offer her devotions to the Divine Mother. As far as the history of religion speaks, Rani Rashmoni saw a figment of the imagination a night before her pilgrimage embarked, where her Goddess, disguised as Kali, intensely affected her to build the temple. Soon she set off to lay the stones for its construction in 1847.

DAKSHINESWAR KALI TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE

Dakhineshwar Temple is designed in the traditional Bengal style of ‘Nava-ratna’ or nine spires. The south-facing temple is a three-storey architecture with nine spires allocated in the upper two storey areas. The temple stands upright on a platform with a flight of stairs.

The garba griha contains a thousand-petaled silver lotus on which a statue of Goddess Kali or Bhavatarini stands on the chest of Lord Shiva.

The row of twelve shrines of Shiva in the aat-chala architecture of Bengal, are attached close to the temple. The Radha-Krishna temple is a home to the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha, where they are staged on a silver throne.

DAKSHINESWAR KALI TEMPLE TIMINGS

6:00 A.M-12:30 P.M, 3:00 P.M- 8:30 P.M. (October to March)

6:00 A.M-12:30 P.M, 3:30 P.M-9:00 P.M. (April to September)

HOW TO REACH

By Train: Dakshineswar railway on the Sealdah-Dankuni chain is a convenient way to reach this holy abode.

By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport also connects Dakshineswar from near and far off places.

By Road: Roadways are well connected to the city. Vivekananda Setu across the Hooghly River at Dakhineswar links it to Uttarpara, Bally and Dankuni on the other side and on to the Grand Trunk Road, Bombay Road, Delhi Road and Durgapur. Numerous buses ply from Kolkata that leads to Dakshineswar.