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About Kolkata Dakshineswar Kali Temple

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Temple is located near the Bally Bridge, on the banks of river GangaGangaGanga
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in Kolkata. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali She is the embodiment of empowerment and a fierce aspect of the Goddess. She is black in her complexion and thus she is named Kali. She is the Goddess of time, power, change and destruction and is majorly worshipped in South India, Bengal and Assamand worshipped. In Dakshineswar temple, Goddess Kali is worshipped as Bhavatarini (the redeemer of the Universe). Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa had attained enlightenment in this temple. Thus, the temple has various unforgettable memories dedicated to Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa and his wife Sarda Devi.

In the starting phase of 1800s, the Dakshineswar Temple was just a small village on the eastern banks of the River Ganga and was surrounded by Jungle. The popularity of this temple can be testified by the visited devotees here each day that are 40000.


Worshipped Deity In Dakshineswar Temple

In the Dakshineswar temple, the devotees worship to Goddess Kali and is known by the name of “Bhavatarini”. The main shrine of this temple is known as the Navaratna temple, hosts the idol of Goddess Kali standing on the prostrate body of Lord ShivaShivaShiva
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. Along with this temple, 12 temples are surrounding the Navaratna temple, dedicated to Shiva. Goddess Kali is also known by the name of Uma, GauriGauriGauri
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, ParvatiParvatiParvati
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, Jagatmata, Durga, Chandi, and BhairaviBhairaviBhairavi
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Dakshineswar Temple Archeological Facts

During the construction of Dakshineswar temple in 1847, there is no such archeological significance of the temple. However, regarding the worship of Goddess Kali it is pertinent to state that in the ancient Indian cities of Kalibangan, Mohenjodaro and Harappa, numerous idols and figurines of the Goddess were discovered, thereby testifying the fact that worship of Goddess Kali was very much prevalent during the period.


Dakshineswar Temple History

The Dakshineshwar Temple was founded by Rani Rashmoni, as per her husband’s wishes. After the death of her husband, Rani Rashmoni set out on realizing her husband’s wishes and further she had a dream. Rani Rashmoni had ordered for a land hunt to her youngest son-in-law, for the temple to be constructed. The plot on the banks of the River Ganga, in the Dakshineswar village, was finalized. The plot measured 54.4 Bighas and was valued at Rupees forty two thousand five hundred.

The head priest of the temple, Ramkumar had installed the idols dedicated to spiritual Guru of Rani Rashmoni. On the auspicious occasion of Snana Yatra day, more than one lakh Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scripturesand renowned scholars were invited for the inauguration of the temple. After the death of Ramkumar, the responsibilities of the temple were handed over to his younger brother Ramakrishna, who later went on to become one of the most ardent devotees of Goddess Kali. Rani Rashmoni sold many of her properties and donated the same to the Dakshineswar Temple Trust. Rani Rashmoni died in the year 1861.


Dakshineswar Temple Cultural Significance

The Dakshineshwar Temple was established by the tremendously reform minded Rani Rashmoni. She wanted that the temple should be a pilgrimage place for the people of all castes, cult and religion. The Dakshineshwar Temple was partially built upon a Muslim burial ground. The cultural significance of the temple is testified by the fact that some of the most eminent spiritual personalities of the nation were associated with the temple that are Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Anandamayi Maa, Neem Karoli Baba, Swami Ramdas and Paramahansa Yogananda.




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