8 Facts about the Dakhineshwar Temple in Kolkata

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Here are some of the facts you should know about the Dakhineshwar Kali Temple...


Dakshinewshwar is situated on the banks of River Hooghly, and was built by Rani Rashmoni in 1855, a philanthropist and devotee of Goddess Kali.



The temple is built in nine spires or Navaratna which is unique to Bengali architecture. Goddess kali resides in the sanctum sanctorum as Bhavatarini.


Pic: Sukanta Pal via Wikimedia


Devotees from all across India and abroad visit the temple as it holds immense religious significance.


Ramkrishna Paramhansa Deb

Ramkrishna Paramhansa was a priest in this temple after his elder brother, and he too was a great devotee of Maa Bhavatarini.


Shiva Temples

Along the Hooghly riverfront, there are twelve shrines of Shiva Temples that are built in "Aat Chala" style and are dedicated to Shiva-Kali's consort.


Thousand Petal Lotus

In the Dakhineshwar temple, both Goddess Kali and Lord Shiva are placed on the throne of a thousand petal lotus made of silver.



Nahabat is the chamber present just beyond the last Shiva temple. Ramkrishna and Saradamani spent a considerable time of their lives here.


Pic: Alan Perry Via Wikimedia

Radha-Kanta Temple

Towards the northeast, a Radha Kanta temple is present with columned verandah and a silver throne with silver idols of Radha-Krishna .


Pic: Knath via Wikimedia

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These are some interesting facts about the Dakhineshwar Temple, Kolkata.