Kalighat temple is a famous Hindu temple in India. It is situated at kalighat near Kolkata. The Kalighat temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. This is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The right toe of Dakshayani is said to have fallen here. The Shakti here is known as Kalika, while the Bhairava is Nakulesh. It is a very famous place and a pilgrimage for Shakta (Shiva and Durga/Kali/Shakti worshippers) followers within the Hindu religion.
It is believed that the Sati Devi's Right Toes fell in Kalighat Shrine but as per some puranas the Mukha khanda or face of devi Sati fell in Kalighat has fallen here. The origin of the Shakti Peetha status temple is from the mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati's self-immolation. Shakti Peethas were believed to have been formed when the body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi fell into different regions when Lord Shiva carried her corpse in sorrow after her death. Which were famously called Shakti Peethas came into existence. Kalighat.
Architectural style: Navaratna
Sanctum: Godess Kali
Date built: 1809
The temple is open from 5.00 A.M. to 2.00 P.M and 5.00 P.M to 10.30 P.M. It is closed from 2.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M. for Bhog. There are Aarthis in the morning and evening.
HOW TO REACH
- By Rail– The nearest Howrah station is 10kms away from Kalighat.
- By Air– The nearest Neataji Subhash Chandra Boss’ airport is 24 kms away from Kalighat.
- By Road– This temple is well connected by road to many places.
There are many places to stay in Kalighat, Kolkata. Kalighat has large number of tourist attraction so there are plenty of places to stay while touring in Kalighat. There are many hotels as well as private organization which takes good care of the people. There are 5 star hotels as well as hotels with nominal charges according to the traveller’s budget. The charges of the hotels are very nominal as they keep the needs and demands of the customers in their mind. These hotels provide wifi, hygienic food and clean environment.
OTHERS PLACE TO VISIT
DAKSHINESWAR KALI: Dakshineswar Kali temple is a well-known Hindu temple in India. It is situated at Dakshineswar near Kolkata. The goddess of this temple is Bhavatarani, a feature of goddess Kali who is defined as "She who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence".
BELUR MATH: Ramakrishna Temple commonly known as, Belur Math. It is situated on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, and West Bengal, India. The distance of belur math from dhakhinswar kali temple is approximately 15 mins by lanch over Hooghly River. The atmosphere of belur math is very silent. Vivekananda founded this math. This Ramakrishna temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement.
HOLY MOTHER'S TEMPLE: The Holy Mother's temple is dedicated to Sarada Devi, the divine partner of Ramakrishna. The divine mother's temple is right at the entry of Belur Math. The temple is over the part where her earthly remains were entrusted to blazes. The temple of the Blessed Mother was sacred on 21 December.
Swami Vivekananda Temple: The temple has in its upper story an alabaster OM (in Bengali characters). Alongside the temple stands a bel (bilva) tree in the place of the original bel tree under which Swami Vivekananda used to sit and near which, according to his wish, his body was cremated. On 4 July 1902 at Belur Math. It may be mentioned here that in the West many people were influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s life and message. Some of them became his disciples or devoted friends.
WEBSITE & CONTACT
9, Bhagabati Lane, Kalighat, Kolkata - 700026