Dakshineswar Temple

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Address: Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700076.

Dakshinneswar Kali Temple, is a hindu temple located in Dakshineswar on the outskirts of Kolkata. It is situated on the eastern banks of the Hoogly river. The presiding deity of the temple is “Maa Bhavatarini”. The temple was built in the year 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, who was a philanthropist and also a devotee of Maa Kali. The temple is famous to have Shri Ramakrishna as its chief priest.


Mangal Aarati of Maa Bhabatarini at Dakshineswar Temple. Video courtsy: Youtube – Abhisekh Chatterjee.

The temple compound, apart from the nine-spired main temple, contains a large courtyard surrounding the temple, with rooms along the boundary walls. There are twelve shrines dedicated to Shiva—Kali’s companion—along the riverfront, a temple to Radha-Krishna, a bathing ghat on the river, a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni. ‘Nahabat-Khana’, the chamber in the northwestern corner just beyond the last of the Shiva temples, is where Ramakrishna spent a considerable part of his life.

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