Kalighat Kali Temple
West Bengal, kolkata
Located in West Bengal, Kalighat Kali Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of India. In the 16th century, King Manasingha built the small hut temple of Goddess Kali that was known to be the original temple of Kali Maa. Later on, the zamindars from the Sabarna Roy Chowdhury family of Barisha created the present Kalighat Kali temple in 1809.
Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. According to the legends, it is believed that the toe of Devi Sati fell here after the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu mutilated the lifeless body of Sati from the clutch of Lord Shiva, Her consort. This temple is part of the famous Shaktipeetha Darshan Yatra of West Bengal and Shaktipeethas.
The premise of Kalighat Kali Temple includes the main Sanctum Sanctorum, and the Nat Mandir (the hall from where the devotees offer the prayers and the puja.) The half bust idol of the Goddess is visible. The widened tongue of the divine mother is made of pure gold. Besides there are temple like Nakuleswar Mahadev- her Consort, Radha Krishna, Shani maharaj, Sosti tala, Sitola Mandir, Kundu Pukur and the Ghat by the Adi Ganga (a ca...View more
al of the Bhagirathi River.)
Timings : One can visit Kalighat Kali temple at
Morning 5.00 A.M. to 2.00 P.M
Evening 5.00 P.M to 10.30 P.M
No Special Dress code to have darsan at Kalighat Kali temple
Calcutta or today's Kolkata, known as the cultural capital of India has contributed immensely in enriching the cultural aspects of not only the whole Bengal but represented India to the world in though literature, theater, music, art, craft and other performing arts.
Bengalis boast on their first Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa, the great filmmaker and Oscar winner for his lifetime achievement Satyajit Ray, world-famous filmmakers Mrinal Sen, Rittik Ghatak, the first Bengal Generation of the Beat Poets- The trio- Sakti Chatterjee, Sunil Ganguly and Subhas Mukherjee who reflected the efflorescence of the revolutionary poesy in their poetry that Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and many other poets introduced in the West.
Even today, Kolkata stands among the top listing stops that stage the finest theaters, musical performances and recitations.
Bengal is also famous for its handloom. Over the centuries, the Tant saree from Fulia, Sahantipur or that of the Silk from Murshidabad, Bishnupur, and Bankura have created a deep impact on not only the Bengali women but also among saree connoisseurs throughout the country and abroad.
Calcutta houses some of the finest and world-class art galleries such as the Academy of Fine arts, CIMA Art Gallery, Gaganendra Art Gallery and so on. This is the home of world- famous artists.
Bengali cuisine has also entered the world panorama for its finest sweet delicacies and fish preparations that are exclusively crafted with traditional Bengali fervor with its best. People coming to Bengal cannot afford to miss out the exclusive sweet dishes such as rosogolla, chhanar gilipi, Misti Doi (sweet yoghurt), langcha and payesh prepared with date molasses.
Kalighat Kali Temple, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026
Kolkata is well-connected with roadways, water-ways, airways and railways. The nearesst railway station is Howrah Junction from where devotees can get both bus and taxis to reach kalighat kali temple located at South Kolkata. People seeking to reach kalighat kali temple from the Dumdum/Netaji Subhas International Airport can get rental cars and taxis. Kolkata is well-connected via the Kona Express way, Delhi Highway and many almost alll the mjor places. Thus, reaching kalighat kali temple via roadways from different states is easier.
At Kalighat Kali Temple daily morning and evening Aarti and Bhoga offerings are made to the Goddess.
Red hibiscus flowers, sweets, candles, incense, animal sacrifce (on special occasions)
Kali Puja, Durga Puja
The Bengali New Year
The main festivals at Kalighat Kali Templeare:-
Jan :- Paush Kali
April :- Polila Boishak(The Bengali New year)
Oct :- Durga Puja
During all Amavasyas,the Kalighat Kali Devi is worshipped in with utmost grandeur. Important Amavasyas are Kaushiki Amavasya, Mahalaya, and the Amavasya on the Kali Puja.