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.
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.