Best time to visitPreferably during winters or evening time
Open hours6am-12.30pm & 3.30-8.30pm every day
Things to doExplore culture, shop at the local street vendors, pray
Best MonthsAll year
Rank2 out of 199 attractions in Kolkata
This is one of the great temples in Kolkata which has a lot of religious importance for the locals as well as aesthetic value for the tourists. It was made in the 19th century with a dedication to the goddess Bhavatarini, a reincarnation of Kali. Rani Rasmani, a wealthy woman got this temple constructed because of her devotion for the goddess. The temple is located on the banks of river Ganga and has quite a breath-taking view all around. One can either take a ferry or a train to reach this place. Do not forget to take proper footwear and an umbrella to safeguard from the heat.
Reviews of Dakshineswar Kali Temple • 8
Dakshineswar Kali Temple: The famous temple of Goddess Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali is located on the Eastern Bank of Hoogly River. It has a traditional Bengali architecture and is closely associated with Ramakrishna. It is one of the largest temples near Kolkata and has a height of more than 100 feet. Another must visit when in Kolkata.
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple (wiki)In the early phase of 1800's, Dakshineswar was a mere village, which nestled along the eastern bank of the Ganges River. Dense forest surrounded the area. It is said that Rani Rashmoni of Janbazar, while on her pilgrimage to Varanasi, had a dream, where she was instructed to built a Kali temple. Rani Rashmoni was quite a dynamic woman, who was highly respected and adorned by her people. She was intensely moved by the dream and to materialize it, she instructed her people to search for suitable plots to erect the Kali Temple. After a long hunt for land, eventually a 20-acre plot was selected in the village of Dakshineswar. A part of the land belonged to the European Christian, whereas the other part was a Muslim burial ground. In the year 1847 AD, under the patronage of Rani Rashmoni, the construction of Dakshineswar Temple was initiated on this very site, signifying the unity of different faiths.
The fifth and the last day in Kolkata was the busiest since I was finally feeling better and had a long list of places pending on my list. I started the day with a visit to Dakshineshwar Temple along with a friend. Since Metros start only by 10 AM on Sundays, we took a bus till Dunlop and took an auto from there to the temple. On our way, we stopped at my friend's family math ' Mahamilan Math' which was extremely peaceful and tranquil and I bought some really mesmerizing incense sticks from there. I got Goosebumps when I finally had 'Darshan' of the 'Ma Kali Idol'. I looked at Ma Kali and all I could hope for was to imbibe courage and strength in my being, as every ounce of her presence spoke of those two qualities. I felt really empowered and after sitting at the ghat for a while, I meditated in the hall inside the temple premises.
An old beautiful temple's view can be seen from Belur Math and it keeps getting better as you reach the shore. Here you get coconut water for like 20 Rs a bigger one. Tumi Dab Jol khabo? is what they would ask you in bengali. (Dab = Coconut, Jol = Water). The street that takes you to the temple is beautifully decorated with different stalls of bangles, jewellery, flowers etc. But beware of people asking you for money. They come like swarm of bees and won't leave until you shed some money out of your pockets.
This 19th century temple is dedicated to the deity Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, an Hindu Goddess. It was constructed by a wealthy widow Rani Rasmani who was a devotee of Kali. People say that she had a dream, during her pilgrimage to Benaras, in which Kali told her to construct the temple and she will install there.
A temple of goddess Kali by the bank of Hoogly River.
A very beautiful and a very scenic place of worship. This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni who happens to be a great devotee of Lord Ramakrishna Dev. Built near the banks of River Ganga, this place is considered to be quite spiritual as the Lord himself resided here when he was alive. Local's tip: Firstly, make sure you don't wear a costly footwear because you need to remove them at a common place and the way it is kept, there are high chances of damage or theft. Also, if you wish to worship, try and buy your things for worship like flowers and sweets from the very first shop near the entrance. Most importantly, photography is prohibited in the temple.