» Timing - 5.30 A.M. To 10.30 A.M. and 4.30 P.M to 7.30
» Cost - Rs. 9.00 Lacs
Dakshineswar Kali Temple is situated alongside the Vivekananda
Bridge north of Kolkata, about 20 km. from BBD Bagh.
About Dakshineswar Temple
The construction of the temple started in 1847. Queen Rasmani the
renowned queen of Janbazar, had founded this temple. It is believed
that she was instructed by Goddess Kali in her dream to construct
The construction work was completed in 1855. It cost an estimated
Rs. 9 lakhs of which, Rs. 2 lakhs was spent on the day of
inauguration. The temple and its adjoining areas stand on 25 acres
of land. Queen Rasmani purchased the required land from some Mr.
Dakshineswar temple is dedicated to goddess Kali. The temple, in
conventional Nava-ratna style, measures 46 feet square and rises
over 100 feet high. It is one of the largest temples of Kolkata.
The main attraction of the temple is that the Ganga (Hooghly river)
flows beside the temple. The 12- spired temple with its enormous
courtyard is surrounded by 12 other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is a world famous place of pilgrimage and it was here that the
famous religious thinker Rama Krishna Paramahamsa achieved his
spiritual vision and preached the unity of all religions. He was an
worshipper at this temple and he used to live in the temple
premises. His room is open to the visitor.
The temple is a large elongated building standing on a high
platform with a flight of stairs. The three-storeyed south-facing
temple has nine spires distributed in upper two storeys. The roof of
the spires is beautifully ridged resembling Pirhas. A narrow covered
verandah serves the purpose of an audience-chamber attached to the
sanctum where the goddess Dakshina Kali stands on the breast of
Shiva. There is a long spacious Natmandir (Dancing hall) in front of
the temple. There are other subsidiary shrines on this temple
The colossal kali temple is known to be one of the rare temples of
Indian origin, having world renowned fame.
Around the Temple
To the north of the Kali-temple is a Dalan of Radha-Krisna. To the
west, twelve Siva temples of Bengali atchala style stand in rows on
the Hughli river with a 'chandni-bathing ghat', which is flanked by
these Siva temples, six each on either side. The temple compound on
three sides - north, east and south - are enclosed by rows of
guestrooms and offices.
There are umpteen shops on both sides of the main entrance of the
temple. The whole ambience with the arboreta is absolutely ethereal.
Hot Spot for tourists
The Panchavati, a congregation of five ancient trees, is a spot for
peaceful meditation. Here Sri Ramakrishna used to meditate and
performed severe penances sitting on the 'Panchamundi (5 skulls)
Ashana' - a custome which is mandatory for the 'Tantrika' form of
It is 3km. from Dakshineswar temple. The Belur Math is an important
place of Pilgrimage includes the main monastery, several temples and
the head quarters of Ramakrishna Mission and Ramkrishan Math.