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Kali Mata

Temple History

Dakshineshwar Kali temple s a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River. The construction of this fabulous temple was initialized in the year 1847 and got completed in 1855. The credit for the formation of Calcutta Dakshineswar Kali temple goes to the queen Rasmani of Janbazar. Located on the bank of the Ganges, north of Belur Math in Kolkata, it is dedicated to Goddess kali. It is a spacious temple covering an area of about 25 acres.
Ramakrishna Paramhansa, the famous spiritual leader is also associated with this temple, as it was over here only that he had worshipped Goddess Kali and formed a rare form of love for her, which is popularly known as maha-bhava in Hinduism. Read on to know about the history of Dakshineshwar Temple Of Kolkata, India.

The legend associated with the establishment of the temple suggests that the queen Rasmani was all set to leave for the sacred city of Banaras to worship the divine mother and seek her blessings. During those times, going by boat was the only feasible option, as there were no railway lines between Calcutta and Banaras. But one night before, it happened that divine mother kali appeared in the dreams of Rani Rasmani and instructed her to construct a beautiful temple on the banks of the Ganges River and install her idol in it. She also said that she would manifest herself in the image over there and accept her devotion. It is one of the largest temples in Kolkata.

Installation of Ma Kali: The idols of the Gods and the Goddess was decided to be installed on the ‘snana-yatra day’, an auspicious days of the Hindus. 31st May 1855, more than 1 lakh Brahmins were invited from different parts of the country to grace the auspicious occasion amidst the controversy of the Rani being in no position to own a temple and to offer Brahmins to feed since she was of low birth.

Idol of sri sri Jagadiswari Kalimata Thakurani: Adyashakti is the primordial energy-consciousness-bliss, she is the Mahamaya who creates the universe and liberates the jiva from the clutches of Maya. The sky is Her clothes. Her eyes have the spread from ear to ear. The Gods were defeated in the war against Shumbha and Nishumbha, the two Asura brothers. They were driven out of the heaven. They then composed a hymm to the Devi and prayed to Her. At this, a Devi came out of the body of the Adyashakti. She was named Kousiki. As a result, the color of Adyashakti turned into black. So she became known as Kali or Kalika(the dark).Though in course of time,she got black Her original color. In another version, during Ambika’s (the mother) war against Shumbha and Nishumbha, at the moment of killing Chandasur Kali sprang forth from the forehead of Ambika.During the war

between the gods and the asuras Kali spread out Her tongue and drank all the blood of Raktabij.That is why Her tongue is out.Kali is the first Vidya of ten Mahavidyas. She wears tigerskin. She plays with mahakal and so she is Mahakali or Kali. Kali has so many forms. She is terrible and at the same time calm and benefactress of the world.
This Kali temple consists of Temples of Shiva and Vishnu temple.

 

Additional Information

Other places to visit near Dakshineswar are Gaji Tala, Kuthi Bari, Nahabat Khana, Chadni, Nat Mandir, Room of Sri Ramkrishna, Bakul Tala, Panchabati, etc.,
We can also visit Kali Ghat Kali Mandir which is in 21 Km distance from this temple.

Kolkata Railway station is 8.6 Km from the temple. Local trains also available for Dakshineswar Railway station. Dakshineswar Bus stand is 0.6 Km in distance. Many private taxi's, Auto and Rikshaws are available from the Railway station and bustand to make the darshan of Kali mata.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is 12.7 Km and is the nearest airport to reach by flight from other cities of India.
  • October to March: 6:00 am to 12.30 pm and 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm and From April to Septemtember: 6 am to 12.30 pm and 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 033 2564-5222
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