Kolkata, the only metropolis that is still deeply rooted in history and traditions, notwithstanding glitzy skyscrapers and multistoried buildings and all signs of a fledging modern city visible more and more. The city is full of vibrant culture, and the open-hearted acceptance of the age-old traditions and cultures is a heartening sight to see. This is amplified by the celebration of Durga Puja, Eid and Christmas. So to discover more about the historical beliefs of this land, I decided to pay a visit to the famous historic temples in the city of Kolkata.
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Famous historic temples in the city of Kolkata
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I would say that Kolkata is synced forever with Kalighat temple. The most well known and revered place in the entire city and among the famous historic temples in Kolkata. This ancient of all Kali temples has a global presence. The present temple has existed since 1809; however, the scriptures talk about the Kalighat temple right back to the 14th century.
It is one of the 51 shakti peeths dedicated to Goddess Sati in her Maa Kali avatar. The idol of the Goddess is built of striking black stone with three eyes, six arms and the most striking feature being the eyes and the tongue made of gold. She is known to bless the devotees with knowledge.
I visited this temple on three occasions, and each time I came back with a different frame of mind, such as the aura and vibe of the Kalighat temple of Kolkata. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the temple, for there is something really powerful in terms of the aura and it affects you , there are no two ways to say this.
Dakhineswar Maa Kali
Dakhineswar Maa Kali temple; a journey through one of the most spiritually alive places in the whole of Bengal. How can I talk of the Dakhineswar Kali temple without not becoming aware of Rani Rashmoni and Swami Rama Krishna?
This is again one of the most revered and globally acclaimed places to visit among famous historic temples in the city of Kolkata.
As my eyes fell on the image of this nine spired white Dakhineswar Maa Kali, so pure on the bank of the Ganges with 12 small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. I knew that it was indeed a calling that ensured that I made my way to the Great Ma Bhavatarini temple at Dakshineswar. Dakshineswar Maa Kali will always be synonymous with Hoogly flowing nearby.
I had heard of Lake Kalibari from those who have stayed for years in Kolkata. So one fine winter morning, I decided to visit this sacred and pious famous historic temple in Kolkata.
Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Lake Kalibari temple stood simple yet full of ethereal vibes. The temple built in the year 1949 houses Goddess Karunamoyee, one of the forms of Goddess Kali. The original name of the temple is Sree Sree 108 Karunamoyee Kalimata Mandir though popularly called Lake Kalibari.
Asking for directions and using google maps, I finally found myself in front of another famous and revered temple in Kolkata known as Thanthania Kalibari. The Goddess is known as Siddeshwari m another form of Goddess Durga. The temple was founded in 1803, and it is said that the image of the Goddess is changed every year.
Again i would say it was a good fortune that I decided to explore this aspect of Kolkata and in this process I am able to see some really unique gems of this most ancient city on the east coast of India.
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Famous historic temples in the city of Kolkata
The blog post does end here but there is more to come in the succeeding blog posts on the same theme. There are some unique ancient culturally and spiritually powerful temples in the city of Kolkata that needs to be explored and seen. I, for one, am always eager to embark on such an activity, so stay tuned in the coming months for more posts on Famous historic temples in the city of Kolkata.
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