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Dakshineswar Kali Temple

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.
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The Temple complex on the bank of river Hooghly, West Bengal.TypeBengal architectureStyleNavaratnaFounderRani RashmoniCompleted31 May 1855; 166 years agoTemple(s)12 Shiva temples, 1 temple of Radhakrishna and 1 Main Temple of Goddess KaliHISTORY :The Dakshineswar Kali Temple was founded around the middle of the 19th century by Rani Rashmoni.Rani Rashmoni was a Mahishya by caste[8] and was well known for her philanthropic activities. In the year 1847, Rashmoni prepared to go upon a long pilgrimage to the sacred Hindu city of Kashi to express her devotions to the Divine Mother. Rani was to travel in twenty-four boats, carrying relatives, servants, and supplies. According to traditional accounts, the night before the pilgrimage began, Rashmoni had a vision of the Divine Mother goddess Kali in a dream and reportedly said,There is no need to go to Banaras. Install my statue in a beautiful temple on the banks of the Ganges river and arrange for my worship there. Then I shall manifest myself in the image and accept worship at that place.Profoundly affected by the dream, Rani immediately looked for and purchased a 30,000-acre plot in the village of Dakhineswar. The large temple complex was built between 1847 and 1855. The 20-acre (81,000 m2) plot was bought from an Englishman, Jake Hastie, and was then popularly known as Saheban Bagicha.Partly old Muslim burial ground shaped like a tortoise, considered befitting for the worship of Shakti according to Tantra traditions, it took eight years and nine hundred thousand rupees to complete the construction. The idol of Goddess Kali was installed on the Snana Yatra day on 31 May 1855 amid festivities at the temple formerly known as Sri Sri Jagadishwari Kali, with Ramkumar Chhattopadhyay as the head priest. Soon his younger brother Gadai or Gadadhar (later known as Ramakrishna) moved in and so did his nephew Hriday to assist him. On 31 May 1855 more than 1 lakh (one hundred thousand) Brahmins were invited from different parts of the country to grace the auspicious occasion. The next year, Ramkumar Chattopadhyay died, and the position was given to Ramakrishna along with his wife Sarada Devi, who stayed in the south side of the Nahabat (music room) in a small room on the ground floor, which is now a shrine dedicated to her. Ramakrishnana was responsible for bringing much in the way of both fame and pilgrims to the temple.Rani Rashmoni lived for only five years and nine months after the inauguration of the temple. She fell seriously ill in 1861. Realizing that her death was near, she decided to hand over the property she had purchased in Dinajpur (now in Bangladesh) as a legacy for the maintenance of the temple to the temple trust. She accomplished her task on 18 February 1861 and died on the next day.After her death, her sons-in-law took to celebrating Durga Puja in their respective premises.
In this video, I have explained the best way to go to Dakineswar Kali temple and Belue Math in Kolkata
Visited Dakshineshwar Kali Mandir early in the morning. Built in the year 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee.The view of the Vivekananda Setu or the Bally bridge is amazing. Built in 1930, its been 91 years and it still stands tall.Visited early morning to avoid the crowd but the temple and Ganga ghat are so magnetic that people are there no matter the time of the day, the season, the weather or the pandemic.Nothing like the scenic morning at Ganga ghat. No matter how rich or poor you are, the Ganges welcomes you with open arms. The soothing river wind, the serene Kolkata morning and the crowd, this sums up a perfect start of the day.
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5 pm: Dakshineswar Kali TempleOn the opposite side of the Hooghly River (which is a distributary arm of the River Ganges) and a boat ride away from Belur Math is the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Sitting snug on the banks of the Hooghly, this temple beckons big crowds of worshippers who can also bathe in the river. Dedicated to goddess Kali, the construction of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple was done between 1847 and 1855, covering an area of about 25 acres. Ramakrishna Paramhansa, was also associated with this temple as a priest and finally achieved his spiritual vision in this temple itself. I walked into his meditation room, which is open to the visitors.The entire compound is sort of a fair, showcasing Kolkata street food, stalls and plenty of religious objects for sale. There is no way you can miss grabbing a bite of the puchkas, Naleen gud sandesh, churmur and masala lemon tea. However, be an early bird for this one.