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About Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is a Hindu sanctuary situated on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River in a humble community in the north of Kolkata named Dakshineshwar. The magnificence and appeal of Dakshineswar Kali Temple is known to be to such an extent that an outing to Kolkata is regularly supposed to be deficient without a visit to this sanctuary.

History and Legend :

While the spiritual history of this temple has the mystic sage and reformer Ramakrishna Paramahansa and his wife Sarada Devi associated with it, the socio-political history associated with the temple is quite interesting too.

 

Established by Rani Rashmoni of Bengal in 1855, the Dakshineswar Kali Temple was opened to guests only two years before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, likewise famously known as India’s first conflict of Independence. Indeed, even the engineering of the sanctuary has a chronicled contact as it is worked in the customary ‘nava-ratna’ or nine towers style that comes from Bengal School of Architecture.

The sublime sanctuary of Dakshineshwar was worked by Rani Rashmoni, a humanitarian and a faithful devotee of Goddess Kali. Rumors have spread far and wide suggesting that Rani Rashmoni needed to go on a journey to Varanasi to offer prayers to the mother Goddess. The prior night she was booked to leave for Varanasi, she imagined about the Goddess requesting that she develop a sanctuary close to Ganges and set a sculpture as opposed to going right to Varanasi.

Rani quickly began making game plans to assemble a sanctuary. Subsequent to looking into a few plots of land to build the sanctuary, she focused down on the 20-section of land by the eastern banks of Ganges, some portion of which had a Muslim cemetery that additionally took after a turtle bump, which was viewed as total able for loving Shakti as per Tantra customs. Another part of the land belonged to a European named John Hasty and this part of the land was popularly known as Saheban Bagicha. With construction of a Hindu temple on a site, parts of which belonged to different faiths, it signifies the unity of all faiths.

Architecture of Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal

The Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is inherent 'Nava-Ratna' or nine towers style, extremely regular to antiquated Bengali engineering. The fundamental Kali sanctuary is a three storeyed south-bound landmark with nine towers disseminated in the upper two stories.

The primary sanctuary is inherent a space of around 46 Square feet and stands on a high stage that has a stairwell in this way giving the sanctuary the stature of more than 100 feet (30m). There is a barely covered verandah that fills in as a crowd of people chamber. Moreover, there is additionally a roomy Natmandir constructed directly before the sanctuary.

The Garbha Griha (Sanctum Sanctorum) houses the icon of the god. The Kali at Dakshineshwar is broadly known as Bhavatarini, and stands on the chest of recumbent Shiva. The two icons remain on 1,000 petaled lotus made out of unadulterated silver.

The yard of the principle sanctuary is encircled by 12 indistinguishable smaller than usual Shiva sanctuaries remaining straight, pointing toward the east with insides done in highly contrasting stone completions. Every one of the sanctuary houses a Shivalinga made out of dark stone. The sanctuaries have been built in 'Aat-Chala' (eight roof) building style, commonplace to Bengal design. The 12 Shiva sanctuaries were built remembering 12 jyotirlingas. It is here in these Shiva sanctuaries that Sri Ramakrishnan Paramhansa used to ruminate and is accepted to have arrived at illumination.

A Vishnu sanctuary with symbols of Radha and Krishna is situated at the north-east finish of the principle sanctuary. This sanctuary is likewise called Radha Kanta's sanctuary and is situated on a high stage with stairwell driving inside. The Bhagwaan Krishna symbol that dwells in the Vishnu sanctuary is 21 and a half inch and the icon of Radha is of 16 inches.

How to reach Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal?

By Train: board the train that goes to Dankuni from Sealdah. Get down at Dakshineshwar station and the temple is at a walking distance from the station.
By Bus: nearest bus stop is Mosumi More bus stop
Others: Metro nearest metro station is Dakshineshwar metro station

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal Timings

October to March: 6:00 am to 12.30 pm and 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm
April to September: 6:00 am to 12.30 pm and 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm

( Tuesdays and Saturdays are believed to be auspicious and best days for offering prayers to Goddess Kali. )

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