Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kalighat Temple of Maa Kali a major shakti peeth (Kolkata) -Location,How to reach,History,Temple timing,Festivals,Temple Structure,Places near by.

Location & How to reach:

Location: Kalighat.

Time to Visit: 8 A.M. - 9 P.M.

Preferred Timings: Early in the morning and late afternoon between 3 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Nearest Railway Station: Howrah.

Nearest Metro Station: Kalighat.

Nearest International Airport: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Intrnational Airport.

Introduction & Part of Body:

Kalighat is a locality of Kolkata, India. One of the oldest neighborhoods in South Kolkata.The name Calcutta is said to have been derived from the word Kalighat.

Kalighat is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peethams of India, where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava. Kalighat represents the site where the toe of the right foot of Shakti or Sati fell.

There are other temples to Kaali - Sahasrabhuja Kaali, Sarvamangala, Tarasundari and Simhavaahini. Kaali is regarded as the destroyer or liberator and is depicted in a fearful form. Despite the terrifying form, she is considered to deliver bliss to worshippers.


The Temple: The Kalighat temple in its present form iis only about 200 years old, although it has been referred to in Mansar Bhasan composed in the 15th century, and in Kavi Kankan Chandi of the 17th century

Raja Basanta Roy, uncle of Pratapaditya and the King of Jessore, Bangladesh perhaps built what is now known as Old Temple. This temple was situated on the banks of river Adi Ganga

The original temple was a small hut. The present temple was built by the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family of Barisha in 1809. They offered 595 bighas of land to the Temple deity so that worship and service could be continued smoothly. It is believed by some scholars that the name Calcutta was derived from Kalighata.


Kali Puja, Durga Puja, Poila Boishakh, the Bengali New Year day and sankranti large number of devotees throng the place with offerings.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Rabindra Sarovar.

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