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Dakshineswar Kali Temple in Kolkata

·  Summer: March-May(26°C - 38°C)
·  Winter: November-February (16°C - 28°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:30 p.m. (winter) and 09:00 p.m. (summer) (closed from 12:30 p.m.-03:00 p.m. winter and 12:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

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One of the most spectacular temples of India, Dakshineswar Kali Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhavatarini (one who liberates from the ocean of existence), a form of Goddess Kali. The enchanting idol of the goddess is adorned with precious jewels and is believed to bless her devotees with happiness. The huge temple compound also houses 12 shrines of Lord Shiva and one dedicated to Radha-Krishna.

Constructed in Bengal’s Navaratna (nine spires) architecture, the temple came into existence in 1855 according to the wish of Goddess Kali who visited her devout follower Rani Rashmoni in her dream. The temple claimed fame when Ramakrishna, a famous Bengal mystic, resided within the complex. Located on the bank of River Hooghly (a tributary of River Ganges), the temple offers breathtaking views of the holy waters. A holy bathing ghat (bank) of the river remains occupied with the devotees.

Road: Barrackpore Trunk Road from Kolkata is a well-maintained road to reach the temple. It is also connected to the destinations across the river via Vivekananda Setu. Local transport buses as well as private taxis are available for easy transportation. One may also prefer auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw or tonga (horse-cart).

Railway: Dakshineswar Railway Station is less than a km. from the temple. You may walk the distance or hire an auto-rickshaw or cycle-rickshaw to access the temple.

Airway: Kolkata International Airport is about 10 km. from this holy place. It is the best option to hire a taxi and reach the temple conveniently from the airport. Local buses and auto-rickshaws are also some good options.