Kolkata (Calcutta) Sights

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

  • P. W. D. Rd. Map It
  • Kolkata
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 07/23/2015

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Far north along the Hooghly, this 19th-century complex with 13 temples is a major pilgrimage site for devotees of Kali, as well as other deities. The variety of temples makes this site a good introduction for the uninitiated to the Hindu pantheon. 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. Don't miss the chance to spend some quiet moments on the banks of the river. Stalls selling local fast food line the busy street up to the temple.

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P. W. D. Rd., near Second Hooghly Bridge (Vivekananda Setu), Kolkata, West Bengal, 700076, India

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  • Free
  • Daily dawn–10pm

Published 07/23/2015


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