Dakshineshwar Temple / दर्किनेश्वर मंदिर
The Dakshineswar Temple situated in Kolkata in West Bengal stands beautifully on the eastern banks
of Hooghly River. It is one of the most famous Kali temples of Kolkata and it houses the deity of
Bhavatarini who is another form of Kali. The literal meaning of Bhavatarini is the one who liberates
her devotees from the ocean of Samsara that also means existence.
This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni
in the year 1855. Rani Rashmoni used to a hardcore devotee of Kali and apart from the historical significance
of this temple, the architecture is also worth watching. The temple premises have a big compound that surrounds
this temple and also has several rooms with walls that serve as a boundary.
There are also twelve other quaint temples that were built in dedication to Shiva and it also have a
bathing ghat situated right on the river and there is a shrine that is in dedication to Rani Rashmoni.
It is also said that Ramakrishna had spend good amount of time and in that spot where he spend time now
stands the Nahavat Khana that is a small yet beautiful chamber. The popularity of this temple is also because
Navratri is celebrated on a grand scale and thousands of devotes from all over come here to be a part of this
festival. The event is organized here breathtakingly and this is a good enough reason for you to be in Kolkata.
How to reach Dakshineswar Temple:
You can reach the temple by road easily with Kolkata and Howrah being closely situated to this temple.
They are two of the major cities of Kolkata. And if you opt to take the train, the Dakshineswar station is
the nearest railway station. Kolkata Airport is the nearest to this temple. It is not difficult to reach this
temple also because it very popular in the city.