Dakshineshwari Kali Temple, Kolkata
Dakshineshwari Kali Temple, Kolkata About the temple: Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. It was found by Rani Rashmoni around the middle of the 19th century. Dakshineswar Kali Temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, meaning, 'She who liberates Her devotees from the ocean of existence i.e. Samsara. The Dakshineswar temple is one of the most revered, sacred temples in Kolkata. According to traditional accounts, the night before the pilgrimage began, Rashmoni had a vision of the Divine Mother, in the form of the goddess Kali in a dream and reportedly said "There is no need to go to Banaras. Install my statue in a beautiful temple on the banks of the Ganges river and arrange for my worship there. Then I shall manifest myself in the image and accept worship at that place". Profoundly affected by the dream, Rani immediately looked for and purchased a 20-acred plot in the village of Dakshineswar. It took eight years to complete the construction of the temple, and finally the idol of Goddess Kali was installed on the Snana Yatra day on 31 May 1855.Within the year the priest died and his responsibilities passed to his younger brother, Ramakrishna, who over the next thirty years would bring great fame to the Dakshineswar temple. The temple complex also consists of twelve Lord Shiva shrines, a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni, a temple dedicated to Radha-Krishna and the Navahat Khana, situated on the northeastern fringes of the temple complex, where Ramakrishna Paramhansa had spent most of his time in the temple.