Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
4.5
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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  • Nilavo Krishna Das
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dakshineshwar Maa Bhabatarini Mandir
    This tempe is located on the banks of the river Ganges. Although the Kali temple has it's significance from the British era during which it was built by Rani Rashmoni who was a devotee of Lord Ram. Later on, Lord RamaKrishna became the main priest of Goddess Maa Bhabatarini, (a form of Goddess Parvati) worshipped as the main deity of this temple. Every year, during the Kali Pujas, Dakshineshwar Maa Bhabatarini temple is decorated with lights and the puja is performed in a great way. Dakshineshwar is another name of Lord Shiva and previously before the construction of this temple started, this place was an extremely sacred place, dedicated to Lord Bholenath.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Ankita152014
    New Delhi, India113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Durga Maa’s beautiful and serene temple
    Amazingly amazing temple with so much history. We visited during the Durga Pooja week. Though it was pretty crowded. But as soon as you enter the temple and see Durga maa’s idol it was such a serene feeling, can’t even explain in words. If you are in Kolkata must visit this temple
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 November 2023
  • skdel2016
    National Capital Territory of Delhi, India281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Joy Maa Bhavatarini
    A navratna hindu temple of Maa Kali situated at greater kolkata in the bank of river Ganga/ Hugli, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, a form of Parashakti Adya Kali, otherwise known as Adishakti Kalika is to be must visited place, Facility is well maintained and clean .The temple is known for its association with Ramakrishna and Ma Sarada Devi. The Temple was founded around the middle of the 19th century by Rani Rashmoni.Built in nine spires style of Bengal architecture, the three-storeyed south-facing temple has nine spires distributed in the upper two storeys .The garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) houses an idol of goddess Kali, known as Bhavatarini, standing on the chest of a supine Shiva, and the two idols are placed on a thousand-petaled lotus throne made of silver There are dwadash jyotirlingam as well in complex. Just take blessings of maa.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
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Gopal R
Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It is an awesome temple built on the East bank of the Hoogly river by Rani Rashmoni an ardent devotee of Kaali Maa who is the presiding diety surrounded by 12 Shiva temples. Ferry service is available between Belur Math and the temple.Please note that the temple is closed between 1pm and 4pm so please plan your trip accordingly.
Written 16 January 2020
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Neeraj1960
Noida, India157 contributions
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Jan 2020
Dakshineswar temple is too big and has great faith. There were about more than 5000 people in line when we visited the temple. We have to deposit our shoes, mobiles and bags etc. at deposit counter. We decided to see Goddess Kali deity from a distance as we cannot afford to stand in a line of 5000+ people. Crowd management is good and proper.
Written 1 February 2020
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Rana Ganguly
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions
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Nov 2019
Dakshineshwar Kali temple stands on the banks of river Hooghly spread on an area of several acres. The temple can be approached from Sealdah by local trains plying between Sealdah and Dankuni. From Howrah one can reach Bali Station and take a train, bus or any of the several modes of Transports available. There are busses from all parts of Kolkata to Dakshineshwar.
From the Station or Bus Stand the Temple which is roughly 250 meters, can be approached by a newly constructed Skywalk. Apart from a temple dedicated to Ma Kali, there is a Radha Krishna Temple and Twelve Temples each having a Shivling, perhaps representing Dwadash Jyotirling. Visitors may also see the bedroom used by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa Dev, where he used to hold meetings with his disciples. There is the Panchavati Van where Sri Ramakrishna often used to meditate.
To offer Puja at the temple one can take a bath in the ghat of the Holy Ganges and collect Sweets. flowers and incence sticks which comes in a bamboo strip basket called 'Dala' from the number of shops located in the Skywalk and a Dala Arcade. After offering Puja one naturally feels hungry, as many people fast before offering Puja. There are a number of shops with their menu of Puri/Kachuri with a generous amount of Potato curry, Rasogolla, Pantua and sandesh are among the assortment of Sweets. It is an ideal place for family outing with an optimum blend of devotion and leasure.
Written 7 June 2020
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prashant_newaskar
Dallas, TX600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Dakshineswar Kali Temple:

One of the most majestic attractions in Kolkata is the Dakshineswar Kali temple. It is also a place of pilgrimage for the devotees and place of beauty for all.

It is quite interesting how the temple got constructed. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni who was apparently quite rich. She wanted to go to Benaras on a pilgrimage in a caravan of 24 boats. One night before her departure Goddess Kali appeared in her dream and said you don’t need to go to Benaras. You can build a temple for me on the banks of Ganges and I will appear there.

She cancelled her Benaras trip, bought 30,000 acres of land (massive) including 20 acres from an Englishman. After many years of construction the temple was inaugurated on 31 May 1855. Its first priest was Ramkumar Chattopadhyay.

After Ramkumar’s death a year later, his younger Brother took over as the priest. That priest became the world renowned Ramkrishna Paramhans.

The temple consists of the main building 46 feet x 46 feet - 100 feet tall with eleven spires. The Deity is called “Bhavatarini Kali”

There is large courtyard around the temple which has 12 Shivlingas. There is also a Radha Krishna Temple.

By the side of the temple is the Ghat by the side of river Ganga..

The temple is built in “Bengal Style” of architecture. It’s a truly impressive structure.

If the temple complex could be kept spotlessly clean, it would increase its magnetism many times over..

The whole area Dakshineswar- Belur Math can truly become an eye pleasing soul satisfying (for the devotees) tourist hub if developed with passion and vision..

Written 22 January 2020
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gpradeepshenoy
Bengaluru, India1,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
The easiest way to reach Dakshineswar temple is through metro. From exit of Dakshineswar metro station take skywalk to reach this temple. The walk from exit of metro station will be about 7-10 minutes.

Footwears and mobile must be deposited (two seperate counters) at counters near entrance of temple for a small charge of Rs 3.

When I visited the temple it was under renovation. Since the crowd was very less i got darshan of Godess very fast. When it rains the places inside this temple become very slippery. I saw a few people sliping and falling down because they were walking fast. So be careful.

Just near this temple flows Hooghly river.After visiting this temple do go the banks of Hooghly river too.

A must visit place in kolkata.
Written 4 October 2021
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K. Srinivasa Rao
Hyderabad, India5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Divine experience - Maa kali temple at Dakshineshwar is a highly revered holy place to visit. Despite lingering fear of coronavirus, the abode of Maa Kali is administered well with separate counter for depositing mobiles and shoes. When you enter the precincts, you will fond to your left crowded offices housing shoe and mobile deposit facility. There is orderliness in queue formation in general for both activities. Even carry bags can be deposited. These are prepaid counters and hence you should hold coins or small denomination currency note to avoid delay to others in queue. Once you deposit them, to your left is a passage to enter the shrine. Ladies and gents are separated near the entry point for security check. Announcements are made in Bengali, Hindi and English about Covid protocols.

After entering the temple, the main Maa Kali temple building is the middle tall one with multiple temple architectures commonly found in these parts of India. There 3 queues for Darshan - two for having darshan straight and one where Maa Kali is visible from the side. Stand in the queue and your turn will come. Have darshan peacefully, pray while waiting for your turn. You cannot get to see the deity for a long duration due to people waiting after you. As a devotee we should cooperate. Not much offerings are allowed but who ever brings prasad offering, the priests are nice to return major portions back to devotees.

Walk back and can have darshan of 12 Lord Shiva lingas lined up opposite the temple on the banks of holy river ganga. There is temple of Lord Krishna next to the main building. There is a building facing the main temple for devotees to wait, pray and meditate.

One can even take bath in Ganga and then have darshan. There is no pushing and over crowding. One can have darshan at their own pace. Once you exit temple building you can reach the same building where mobiles and shoes were deposited.

One should visit the shops lined up selling eatables and temple related items. Trade and commerce thrives near temples and we should ensure that their business and livelihood too is important. Do your bit by buying some items as a memory of visit to Dakshineshwar Maa Kali shrine.

The experience is indeed divine and people cooperating with one another is worth emulating. A must visit shrine when in Kolkatta.
Written 30 December 2021
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SubhankarAD
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Mobiles and footwear not allowed, hence better to leave them in your car or any shop at the 'Dala arcade', from where you buy dala or offerings for Kali Maa. Security is now strict and people then have to queue up to enter the temple premises. Once we enter the temple our mind changes to go up in sync to the Energy, left behind by the many eminent monks that continuously stayed/visited this place. They include Ramakrishna, Bijoykrishno, Vivekananda amongst others.

Initially there will be Radha Krishna temple on our left, then the main Kali temple. There are two queues to have darshan of Kali Maa. Better to take the one that sees Maa from the front. On reaching Maa face to face, need to keep eyes open and take in everything. Darshan will be short unless one is a vip. Next come down and from the 'Natmandir' (now under renovation) sit, close your eyes and speak with Kali Maa whatever you wish to.

There are 12 Shiv lingas besides the Ganga. Before or after visiting them, have a wash in the cool waters of the Ganga.
There is also the room where Ramkrishna Paramhansa stayed. It is a must visit as this is the room great men visited and great teachings/discussions took place. Next to visit is Sarada Maa's home.

Also need to visit 'Panchabati' where SRi Ramkrishna had meditated.
Written 22 January 2022
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s0ma
New Delhi, India75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Located on the bank of the river Hooghly, Dakshineshwar is one of the most famous Hindu temple and should be on your to-do list while visiting Kolkata.

The entree to the temple is free but they don't allow mobile phone and footwear, so you can either deposit it outside the temple at one of the official counters for a very minimal fee or if you buy prasad and flowers, you can keep your belongings with them too.

Avoid Tuesdays and Saturdays as these are very rushed up days. The temple opens early morning around 5am but closes in the afternoon for some time between 1-4pm, so avoid visiting during those hours.
Written 10 April 2021
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Phalgun Ray
Varanasi, India15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A must visit spot when one is travelling to Kolkata. This temple has a very clean and systematic feel about it unlike some famous temples. Located by the side of Hooghly river, this is a good place to spend one's evening. Just one demerit is that it is located at a distance from the city centre and railway station so traffic can be an issue if visiting in the evenings.
Written 16 February 2020
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Pratik Poojari
Mumbai, India18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Would sugguest you to go bellur math and from there take a ferry to dakshineshwari Temple as this will give u time to visit two places in lesser time.
Remember the temple closes by 7.00pm due to covid.
The maa kali idol will mesmerise you.
You need to submit Your cellphones to the counter outside so no photography is allowed. There are charges for commercial photography.
Written 31 October 2020
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