About Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple or Dakshineshwar kali bari is a Hindu Temple Located in Kolkata on the eastern bank of Hooghly.
The Temple Was Built By Rani Rashmoni In 1855, Rani Was a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali.
In 1847 Rani Rashmoni Was Prepared to go to Sacred Hindu City Of Kashi for the puja of Maa kali But the night before the pilgrimage began, Rashmoni had a vision of the Divine Mother, in the form of the 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
After The Dream 30,000 Acre Plot Was purchased by Rani Rashmoni in Dakshineshwar Village and Temple Complex Was Built From 1845 To 1888
It took 8 years 9 Lakhs Rupees To Complete The Construction, Idol Of Goddess Kali Was Installed On 31 May 1955.
On that day more than 1 lakh (one hundred thousand) Brahmins were invited from different parts of the country to grace the auspicious occasion
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is also associated with Ramakrishna Paramhansa, The Guru For the Bengali People Guru of Swami Vivekananda and Biggest Bhakt Of Goddess Kali.
Ramakrishna came to the temple in 1855, as an assistant to his elder brother, Ramkumar, the head priest, a job he took over the next year, after Ramkumar’s death.
It has a large Temple Complex With 12 Shrines Dedicated to Lord Shiva -Companion Of Goddess Kali. It Contains Large Courtyards Surrounding the Temple.
Along the riverfront, a temple to Radha-Krishna, a bathing ghat on the river, a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni. ‘Nahabat’, the chamber in the northwestern corner just beyond the last of the Shiva temples, is where Ramakrishna spent a considerable part of his life.
The temple was built in conventional Nava-Ratna style. It boasts a towering height of more than 100 feet.
The Garbha Griha houses the deity of goddess Kali, famously known as Bhavataraini. The idol stands on the chest of Lord Shiva, who rests in a lying posture. The two idols stand beautifully on a thousand-petal lotus, made of silver. This colossal temple of Kali is renowned as one of the rare temples of Indian origin.
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How To Reach
- By train – Dakshineswar is a railway station on the Sealdah (in the heart of Kolkata)- Dankuni (on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line) sector. It is 14 km from Sealdah and 10 km from Dankuni. Most local trains specially Dankuni Local from Sealdah station stop here and some long-distance trains such as Darjeeling mail also stop at this station.
- By road – it is connected to Kolkata. One has to travel along Barrackpore Trunk Road, a major artery in north Kolkata, and turn left for Dakshineswar just after Baranagore and before Dunlop rail over the bridge. Belghoria fly-over will connect it to Jessore Road and Dum Dum airport. Vivekananda Setu across the Hooghly River at Dakshinewar connects it to, Bally, Uttarpara, and Dankuni on the other bank and on to Grand Trunk Road, Delhi Road, Bombay Road, and Durgapur Expressway. A new bridge named ‘Nivedita Setu’ has been built to ease out a load of the old bridge, ‘Vivekananda Setu’. There are many buses from Kolkata, as well from places across the river.