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 the goddess Kali who is defined as "She who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence".It is prominent for its association with the great religious philosopher Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who devote thirty years in spiritual ecstasy and preached the unity of all religions. He used to serve as the head priest here.Queen Rashmoni built this Indian temple in 1855. She was a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali. Kali Devi appeared in the dreams of Rani Rashmoni and instructed her to construct a beautiful temple on the banks of the Hoogly River and install her idol in it. She also said that she would manifest herself in the image over there. It is one of the largest temples in Kolkata.
Architectural style: Navaratna
Sanctum: Godess Kali (Bhavatarini)
Date built: 1855
Mandir opened from October to March: 6:00 a.m to 12.30 p.m and 3:00 p.m to 8:30 pm and from April to September: 6 a.m to 12.30 p.m and 3:30 p.m to 9:00 pm. Entry is Free. Photography within the temple compound is prohibited. Shoes are not allowed in the temple.
HOW TO REACH
By Road -
It is connected to Kolkata. One has to travel along Barrackpore Trunk Road, a major artery in north Kolkata, and turn left for Dakshineswar just after Baranagore and before Dunlop rail over bridge. A new bridge named 'NiveditaSetu' has been built to ease out the load of old bridge, 'VivekanadaSetu'. There are many buses from Kolkata, as well from places across the river.
By Train -
Dakshineswar is railway station on the Sealdah (in the heart of Kolkata)-Dankuni (on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line) sector. It is 14 km from Sealdah and 10 km from Dankuni. Most local trains specialyDankuni Local from Sealdah station stop here and some long distance trains such as Darjeeling mail also stop at this station.
It takes around 30 mins from cab or taxi to reach Dakshineswar Temple. The nearest Netaji Subhash Chandra Boss’ airport is 12kms away from Dakshineswar Temple.
There are many places to stay in Dakshineswar, Kolkata. Dakshineswar has large number of tourist attraction so there are plenty of places to stay while touring in Dakshineswar. 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.
PLACES TO EAT IN DAKSHINESWAR
There are many restaurant in Dakshineswar. Being a tourist attraction place, this city has large number of restaurants as well as cafes. Everyday there are large number of tourist and devotees come here so there are large number of places where one can eat. There are places likeAthitiApyayan, Grill to Chill, Good Evening Restaurant, Mohima, FabHotelPawan Putra Kakurgachi and Kingston Boutique Hotel.
See the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha. Look inside one of the side rooms to see the temple’s original statue of Lord Krishna. The idol was dropped by a priest, but it has been repaired so well that it’s difficult to see the cracks.Tour the 12 identical temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Six temples are located on either side of the bathing ghat, the stone staircase that leads into the river. View the various representations of the god inside these shrines.Explore Ramakrishna’s room, near the last of the Shiva temples. This small space is dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, a 19th-century mystic who was a priest here. See Paramhansa’s two cots, the one he slept in and the one he sat on to talk to devotees.Stop by the old fig tree that is the last remaining tree of the temple’s original panchabati. A panchavati is a garden of five trees where spiritual practices are observed.
WEBSITE & CONTACT
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Trustees & Secretary
Dakshineswar Kali Temple &Debottar Estate
P.O.: Alambazar, Kolkata-700 035
Dial: 2564-5222, Tele-fax :( 033)2564-1444
Visit us at:-www.dakshineswarkalitemple.org