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Being physically present right there infront of the idols gives off a mystical feeling.

Keywords: Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, Travel, Belur Math, Rani Rashmoni, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Sarada Devi

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One of most popular temples for devotees to pay homage in Kolkata is the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. The structure is said to have been built in the year 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a passionate devotee of Goddess Kali.

Quite a bit of a History is attached to the formation of this temple, both spiritual as well as socio-political. Ramkrishna Paramhansa and his wife Sarada Devi are both known to have been associated with the temple. The temple is based on a raised platform with a flight of stairs, the idol of Bhavatarini (a facet of Goddess Kali) standing on Lord Shiva is placed securely within the temple. The idols are propped up on a pure silver thousand-petal lotus. Within the vicinity there are about twelve identical temples of Lord Shiva, a Vishnu Temple as well as a temple dedicated to Rani Rashmoni was later added. The architecture of the temple has followed the traditional and conventional form of architecture maintained by various ancient Bengali structures, the red colour dominates the edifice. Visitors visit the temple to worship and pay their respect, people also visit the place to get a glorious view of the sunset from the Ghats. The status of the temple has not diminished. People from all walks of life still pay a visit to the place to get some inner peace, being physically present right there infront of the idols gives off a mystical feeling.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple overlooks the Hooghly River and Belur Math (Dakshineswar). The place remains open all days of the week from 6 am to 12:30 pm and then 3 pm to 9 pm. One does not require an entry fee to enter the temple. Travelers can avail the train and reach Dakshineswar station, from there it is a 10 minutes walk (via Rani Rashmoni Road) to the Temple.

By : Riya Siddhacharjee

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