Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Located on the banks (eastern) of the renowned River Hooghly in West Bengal is the famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple. This “Kali Mata” devoted temple is situated in the “City of Joy” i.e. Kolkata in the North 24 Parganas district. In addition, the historical records of this sacred shrine states that it was fully constructed in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and ardent Kali devotee. Furthermore, the temple complex comprises of a large courtyard as well rooms attached alongside the boundary walls. The main deity in this temple is home to the “Bhavatrini” form of Goddess Kali.
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a. Best time to visit the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
The best time to visit this temple is from October to February during the winter when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
Dakshineswar Kali Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest station to this temple is located in Sealdah. The Sealdah Railway Station is well connected to major towns and cities in the state.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this Dakshineshwar Kali Temple then the starting points would be Bhubaneswar, and Kolkata.
a. How to reach Dakshineshwar Kali Temple from Bhubaneswar: The shortest route to reach Dakshineshwar Kali Temple from Bhubaneswar is via NH16 as depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
b. How to reach Dakshineshwar Kali Temple from Kolkata : The fastest route from Kolkata to Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is via Barrackpore Trunk Rd and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple
According to a popular myth a widow and philanthropist Rani Rashmoni in 1847 along with her relatives, servants and labourers planned to visit the sacred city of Benares. Now it so happened that on the night prior to departing for Varanasi Rashmoni envisioned a dream in which she saw Maa Kali, who told her that there was no need to go to Kashi, and thereby encouraged her to construct a temple on the banks of the River Ganges. This dream had huge impact on Rani, and as a result she brought a 20 acre plot upon which she built a huge temple complex dedicated to Maa Kali. In addition, to the complex being dedicated to the goddess she also ensured that it contained temples also dedicated to Lord Shiva and the immortal duo of Radha-Krishna.
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