Video - In and Around Kalighat Kali Temple
Kalighat Temple has become a very much important religious place for the followers of Hinduism. As per the legends, the different body parts of Sati fell on the earth at the time of self-sacrifice. It is believed that the right toe of Sati fell here and subsequently the temple was erected to commemorate the Goddess. Goddess Kalika is the presiding deity in the Kalighat Temple.
Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the most important temples in India dedicated to Hindu Goddess Maa Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas scattered in many parts of India and adjoining countries. Shakti Peethas are the spots where various parts of Goddess Sati's body fell on the earth. It is said that the right toe of Goddess Sati fell hear in Kalighat. The name of the city Calcutta is also said to have been coined after Kalighat. br>
There is another temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha and different spots like Natmondir, Jor-Bangla, Sosthi Tala and Harkath Tala. The temple sees huge crowd of pilgrims throughout the year.
Another legend depicts about the temple that once a devotee here saw a bright ray of light impending from Bhagirathi River. Then he located the light and discovered a piece of stone in the form of a human toe. In the vicinity of the temple, he also found a 'Svayambhu Lingam' of Nakuleshwar Bhairav. He placed the images in a small temple and started worshipping them in the forest.
The popularity of this temple had grown with the times and it got the recognition of Kalighat Kali Temple.
The present temple structure was constructed about 200 years ago. In 1809, Kalighat Kali Temple was built by Sabarna Roy Chowdhury of Barisha. Kalighat Temple has been often referred in the texts like Mansar Bhasan of 15th century.
Situated on the banks of Adi Ganga, the temple has a sanctorum in the company of a huge hall by the name of Nat Mandir. In the north-east of this sanctum, there is a Shiva Temple. There is one more shrine dedicated to Radha Krishna. The main attraction of this temple lies in the image of Goddess Kali that bears a long protruded tongue made out of gold.
The main shrine of the temple complex comprises the image of Goddess Kali. The image of the deity appears incomplete. On the initial level, the face of the goddess was made and further tongue and hands made of gold and silver were added to the image. On the day of 'Snan Yatra' (Bathing Ceremony), the priests cover their eyes with cloth strips, while giving the ceremonial bath to the Goddess. Festivals like Kali Puja, Durga Puja, Poila Boishakh, the Bengali New Year day and Sankranti witness huge number of devotees at the temple with offerings.
This sacred spot is known as Sosthi Tala or Monosha Tala.
This particular altar was constructed by Gobinda Das Mondal in 1880. The place of the altar is the Samadhi of Brahmananda Giri.
Nakhuleshwar Mahadev TempleThis is in Haldar Para lane on the opposite side of the temple behind the police station. This temple is also very old and mentioned in the history. One can have Dharshan here.
|Nearby tourist places to Kalighat Kali Temple
Buses and trams are available in all parts of the city of Kolkata. Kalighat has a Tram depot. So it serves as the starting and ending point for many trams. All buses going to south Kolkata have to pass through Shyam Prasad Mukherjee road. The temple is off this road. You get down in Kalighat bus stop and walk down the Kali Temple road to the temple. Kalighat is connected by metro railway.
Through airways the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is the nearest to the temple.