Timings : 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM - 9:00 AM
Cost : No Entry Fee
Flanked by River Hooghly on the Eastern bank, Dakshineswar Kali is a revered Hindu navratna temple which is presided by Bhavatarini - a form of Goddess Kali. Built in Rani Rashmoni in 1855 who was a devotee of Goddess Kali, the Bhavatarini form means ‘she, who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence.’ Aside from the main shrine, there are also several rooms built along the complex surrounding the boundary walls.
In these rooms, there are shrines dedicated to several gods. 12 of these are dedicated to Lord Shiva, 1 to Radha Krishna, and 1 to Rani Rashmoni. In addition to that, there is also a bathing ghat on the river. Besides, the temple is also known for its famous association with Sri Ramakrishna who was a yogi, mystic and a revered person of the 19th century Bengal. Other than paying your respect to the gods and goddesses, you can also admire the gorgeous architectural designs and beautiful scenic beauty.
The Goddess told here to install her idol on the banks of the River Ganges in Kolkata itself and she would manifest herself in the image and accept worship. So to adhere to the order, Rani Rashmoni purchased a 20 acre plot from an Englishman and got the temple constructed. It took a total of eight years and a sum of 9 lac rupees to get the temple built. The complex was built between 1847 and 1855 and the idol of Goddess Kali was installed on the 31st of May, 1855, on the day of Snana Yatra.