Dakshineswar Kali Temple is situated on the banks of the Hooghly River, the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is one of the famous places of worship not only in Kolkata but all in the whole east India. Rani Rashmoni founded the temple in 1855, a philanthropist and an ardent devotee of goddess Kali. The presiding beauty and belief of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of goddess Kali. The 19th-century mystic sage and reformer Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his wife Sarada Devi were attached to this temple.
Temple is decorated and made with traditional ‘Nava-Ratna’ or the nine spires style following the Bengal School of Architecture. It is a three-storeyed south facing temple has nine-spires in the upper two storeys. High platform stablished for the beauty and made with a flight of stairs. The idol of Bhavatarini standing on Lord Shiva is housed inside the garbha griha. Both the idols are placed on a thousand petal-lotus flower that is a construct of pure silver. From the opposite side of the main temple, a row of 12 identical Shiva (mini) temples stand facing east. These are constructed in the ‘Aat Chala’ style of Bengal architecture. A Vishnu temple is also situated on the extreme north-east of the main complex and houses the idols of Radha and Krishna. A beautiful and glorious temple dedicated to Rani Rashmoni was added later and is located near the entrance.
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is one of the beautiful religious places of India that attracts thousands of devotees every day. If you are visiting Kolkata then you must enjoy some religious deeds such as Pay homage, watch the aarti, take a dip in the river or simply watch the sunset sitting at the ghats of Hooghly—. The temple made with centuries ago and has always been one of the most important places of worship for the Bengali population at large. Not Only for the local population of Kolkata and devotees from other neighboring towns of West Bengal, but the Dakshineswar Kali Temple also sees the presence of tourists who visit this place in great numbers, both who want to offer prayers and also for exploring an age-old temple which has no less than a heritage status in the city now.
As I talk before that Kali Temple in Dakshineswar is very much attached to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, as he was one of the earliest priests of the temple. His room, which constructs at the temple premise, can be enjoyed by all devotees, who visit the temple.
Tuesdays and Saturdays are believed as the most important days for Kali worship. On both these days, there is a huge gathering of devotees at the Dakshineswar temple. The Sandhya Aarti is the main attraction of devotees, which offers an amazing view.
The premise of the Dakshineswar temple is constructed with twelve identical temples of Shiva. The temples have been made with beautiful premises that opposite to the Kuthi Bari and they nestle close to the banks of River Ganges. The internal structure of Shiva temples are adorned with white and black stone. Shiva Lingas, a beautiful temple house done in black stone. All these Shiva temples are east facing and they have been defined following the typical ‘Aat Chala’ Bengal architecture. The series of the Shiva temples are defined by Chadni (Riverbank).
At the northeast side of the Dakshineswar temple complex, the Vishnu Temple or the Radha Kanta’s Temple is situated. You can see the flight of stairs that will lead you inside the temple. The temple houses made of 21 and a half inches idol of Lord Krishna and 16 inches idol of Radha. It is said that Sri Ramkrishna himself used to puja at this temple.