Friday, 10 May 2013

Dakshineswar temple Kolkata, India

About Dakshineswar temple                      

Dakshineswar Temple was constructed under the supervision of Rani Rasmani of Janbazar. A popular story says that in her dreams she was asked by Goddess Kali to build this temple. The temple sprawls over an area of 25 acres housing the main Kali temple and adjoining prayer halls and Shiva temples.

This is one of the oldest and the largest temples of the city that reflects the Navaratna style of architecture. One of the prime attractions of the temple, the Ganga River that flows by the temple is the place for all the visitors to take a holy dip. Standing opposite to the main temple are the 12 temples of Lord Shiva.

Dakshineswar received its prominence after Rama Krishna Paramahamsa achieved spiritual enlightenment here and started spreading the words of Goddess Kali. He lived in this temple for years and remained as the main priest here. His rooms are open to the public, which has now been turned into a place for meditation and prayer.

Several Hindu religious ceremonies take place in this temple premises even today. Every evening one can attend the prayers offered to the Goddess through the form of dance and religious songs. The Panchavati garden close to the temple is beautifully landscaped and well maintained by the temple committee.

Timings: 5:30 am to 10:30 am
               4:30 pm to 7:30 pm