Dakshineswar Kali Temple is located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. The temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, meaning, ‘She who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence’.
The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The construction of this fabulous temple was initialized in the year 1847 and got completed in 1855. It is a spacious temple covering an area of about 25 acres.
The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal.
Installation of Ma Kali:
The idols of the Gods and the Goddess was decided to be installed on the ‘snana-yatra day’, an auspicious days of the Hindus. 31st May 1855, more than 1 lakh Brahmins were invited from different parts of the country to grace the auspicious occasion amidst the controversy of the Rani being in no position to own a temple and to offer Brahmins to feed since she was of low birth.
About Rani Rashmoni, founder of the temple:
The famous Dakshineswar temple which houses the Goddess Kali was founded by Rani Rashmoni following a dream she saw when she was about to start on her pilgrimage to Benaras. A long term plan of the Rani materialized which she had longed to perform when her husband died with unfulfilled wish of constructing a Kali temple.
A dynamic woman, Rani Rashmoni took over the administration of the enormous estate her husband left her. The benevolent administrator, Rani Rashmoni was always in conflict with the stringent British laws and policies. People honored her and loved her for her daring and benevolent spirit. Dakshineswar temple, bathing ghats, a way from Subarnarekha River to Puri, Imperial Library (present National Library) and Hindu College (present Presidency College) are the testimonials to her benevolent nature.
From October to March: 6:00 A.M to 12.30 P.M and 3:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M.
From April to September: 6 A.M to 12.30 P.M and 3:30 P.M to 9:00 P.M.
· Gaji Tala
· Kuthi Bari
· Nahabat Khana
· Nat Mandir
· Room of Sri Ramkrishna
· Bakul Tala
City : Kolkata
Dist. : North 24 Parganas
State : West Bengal
Country : India
PIN : 700076
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