Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Dakshineswar Kali Temple
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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K. Srinivasa Rao
Hyderabad, India4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Divine experience - Maa kali temple at Dakshineshwar is a highly revered holy place to visit. Despite lingering fear of coronavirus, the abode of Maa Kali is administered well with separate counter for depositing mobiles and shoes. When you enter the precincts, you will fond to your left crowded offices housing shoe and mobile deposit facility. There is orderliness in queue formation in general for both activities. Even carry bags can be deposited. These are prepaid counters and hence you should hold coins or small denomination currency note to avoid delay to others in queue. Once you deposit them, to your left is a passage to enter the shrine. Ladies and gents are separated near the entry point for security check. Announcements are made in Bengali, Hindi and English about Covid protocols.

After entering the temple, the main Maa Kali temple building is the middle tall one with multiple temple architectures commonly found in these parts of India. There 3 queues for Darshan - two for having darshan straight and one where Maa Kali is visible from the side. Stand in the queue and your turn will come. Have darshan peacefully, pray while waiting for your turn. You cannot get to see the deity for a long duration due to people waiting after you. As a devotee we should cooperate. Not much offerings are allowed but who ever brings prasad offering, the priests are nice to return major portions back to devotees.

Walk back and can have darshan of 12 Lord Shiva lingas lined up opposite the temple on the banks of holy river ganga. There is temple of Lord Krishna next to the main building. There is a building facing the main temple for devotees to wait, pray and meditate.

One can even take bath in Ganga and then have darshan. There is no pushing and over crowding. One can have darshan at their own pace. Once you exit temple building you can reach the same building where mobiles and shoes were deposited.

One should visit the shops lined up selling eatables and temple related items. Trade and commerce thrives near temples and we should ensure that their business and livelihood too is important. Do your bit by buying some items as a memory of visit to Dakshineshwar Maa Kali shrine.

The experience is indeed divine and people cooperating with one another is worth emulating. A must visit shrine when in Kolkatta.
Written December 30, 2021
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gpradeepshenoy
Bengaluru, India1,038 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
The easiest way to reach Dakshineswar temple is through metro. From exit of Dakshineswar metro station take skywalk to reach this temple. The walk from exit of metro station will be about 7-10 minutes.

Footwears and mobile must be deposited (two seperate counters) at counters near entrance of temple for a small charge of Rs 3.

When I visited the temple it was under renovation. Since the crowd was very less i got darshan of Godess very fast. When it rains the places inside this temple become very slippery. I saw a few people sliping and falling down because they were walking fast. So be careful.

Just near this temple flows Hooghly river.After visiting this temple do go the banks of Hooghly river too.

A must visit place in kolkata.
Written October 4, 2021
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Ranjana Mitra
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1 contribution
Jul 2020
Must visit place. When anyone goes there and do meditation there, that person will be getting immense peace.
Written June 14, 2021
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sanju_222323
New Jersey12,396 contributions
Apr 2021
Temple is situated at Dakshineswar, Built on the bank of the River Ganga, Dakshineswar Mandir creates a beautiful silhouette. Unlike many other temples of India, the Dakshineswar temple dress code is pretty relaxed. No, you don’t have to wear a dhoti, or kurta-pajama, or sari. It is a house of God, so any clothing that is not disrespectful is acceptable.

some history: Dakshineswar Temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and widow of a wealthy zamindar of Bengal. Rani Rashmoni became a devotee of Goddess Kali in her later years. She dedicated the Dakshineswar Temple to Bhabatarini, a benevolent aspect of Goddess Kali. It took about 9 years to raise this shrine and worship started in the year 1855.

The star of the Dakshineswar Temple has been Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa Dev. This mystic saint of Bengal functioned as the priest of the Bhabatarini shrine of Dakshineshwar in the early years of the temple’s establishment. Sri Ramakrishna has devotees all across India and abroad. They have also contributed to making Dakshineswar Temple a popular place to visit in West Bengal.

You can reach here by the most convenient way which is Metro, Dakshineswar metro railways st is connected by skywalk bridge, 300m far. on the way, you can get prasad, flowers to offer.
Written May 9, 2021
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s0ma
New Delhi, India62 contributions
Mar 2021
Located on the bank of the river Hooghly, Dakshineshwar is one of the most famous Hindu temple and should be on your to-do list while visiting Kolkata.

The entree to the temple is free but they don't allow mobile phone and footwear, so you can either deposit it outside the temple at one of the official counters for a very minimal fee or if you buy prasad and flowers, you can keep your belongings with them too.

Avoid Tuesdays and Saturdays as these are very rushed up days. The temple opens early morning around 5am but closes in the afternoon for some time between 1-4pm, so avoid visiting during those hours.
Written April 10, 2021
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racehorse2021
Bengaluru, India6 contributions
Mar 2021
Must visit place, nostalgic feeling for kolkatan people to visit this heritage temple and experience the legacy. Worship god. avoid taking bath in ganga as the water is very dirty. jai ma kali
Written March 26, 2021
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Manish Mishra
1 contribution
Mar 2021
Beware of the scammers at the gate of the temple, they might ask you for little money to show you around, but when you go inside they will scam you for thousands
Written March 15, 2021
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Mandy
5 contributions
Feb 2021
One Should Visit Dakshineshwar once in Life . Best Holy place to visit . Lifetime Experience . # Jaishivsambhu
Written March 10, 2021
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Sushma Mukherjee
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions
Mar 2021
Nothing to say about it. World renowned place. Good security and very fast in paying homage to Goddess Kali. It's a divine feeling.. no words to describe a place like this.. feels like heaven whenever I come here
Written March 6, 2021
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Aditi G
48 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Nice Dharshan, no pushing / Although there was long queue, but it was well managed. Tips for travellers- do not carry your mobile and sleepers also leave in car if possible. Car parking is close by , it will save your time. Earlier you get in the queue better it is. Temple closes at 12:30 - so plan your visit accordingly.
Written February 22, 2021
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