Kolkata (Calcutta) Sights


Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple Review

Far north along the Hooghly, this 19th-century complex with 13 temples is a major pilgrimage site for devotees of Shiva, Kali, Radha, and Krishna. The variety of temples makes this site a good introduction for the uninitiated to the Hindu deities. It was here that the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna had the vision that led him to renounce his Brahmin caste and propound altruism and religious unity. His most famous disciple, Swami Vivekananda, went on to be a major force in the intellectual and spiritual growth of Kolkata, and founded the Ramakrishna Mission, headquartered in the Belur Math Shrine. Ramakrishna's room here is a museum.

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  • Address: P. W. D. Rd., near Second Hooghly Bridge (Vivekananda Setu), Kolkata, West Bengal | Map It
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily dawn–10pm
  • Location: North Kolkata

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