The spiritual guru of Swami Vivekananda,  Shri Ram krishna paramahamsa got spiritual revelation here in Dakshnineswar temple.  The  temple on the opposite bank of the Hugli can be reached through a boat journey costing you Rs 10. But the locally operated boat, in its collapsible form might cost you your life, I assumed. After the monsoons the Hugli was in full capacity and I was lost in its vastness. The small ride offered sights to the dirtiest ghats and the polluted riversides.  The people in the boat had an expression impervious to the surroundings, they seemed to be the least cared of anything.
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.