Dakshineshwar Temple, Kolkata

Kolkata, the largest metropolis in India is famous for its religious places. Dakshineshwar Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is 20 kilometers north of Kolkata city and was established in 1847 by Rani Rasmoni.

Dakshineshwar Temple is also famous for Sri Ramakrishna, the renowned spiritual personality. The room he used to live in is now a museum. This 19th Century complex with 12 temples is a major religious site for devotees of Shiva, Kali, Radha, and Krishna.

Dakshineshwar Temple is one of the largest temple of Kolkata, West Bengal. The presiding deity of Dakshineshwar Temple is Goddess Kali who is encircled by 12 other temples dedicated to Lord Siva. The main temple is known as Navaratna Temple. The temple, in conventional Nava-ratna style, measures 46 feet square and rises over 100 feet high.

This beautiful temple can be visited any time of the year and one is not required to pay any entry fee for it. The timing for the pujas are between 6 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Devotees can get flowers and sweets for the pujas from the shops outside the Dakshineshwar Temple complex. One has to enter the temple complex bare footed.

The Kali puja is celebrated grandly in the month of October at the Dakshineshwar Temple. On this day, the temple complex is thronged by hundreds of devotees who gather to pay their homage to the idol.

If you visit the city of Kolkata, then paying a visit to Dakshineshwar Temple is a must thing.

Last Updated on : 23 October 2012