Temples in Kolkata
Birla Mandir is a famous Hindu temple located in Kolkata, West Bengal. The temple was built by the Birla family (Industrialist) and is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. The construction of the temple began in 1970 A.D. but it was completed in 1996 A.D. The Pran Prathistha ceremony of the idols was done by Swami Chidananda Maharaj. The magnificent Birla Mandir of Kolkata is an ideal work of art and is one of the finest architectural beauties of the city. The whole temple has been constructed with sandstone and white marble, apart from the beautiful Radha and Krishna idols, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva, ten avatars of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Durga are the other deities positioned here. The most interesting feature of this temple is the evening Aarti. A festival like Janmashtami is also celebrated at this Birla Mandir.
Kalighat Kali Temple
Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kalighat area of Kolkata, West Bengal. The is Dedicated to Goddess Kali, Kalighat Kali Temple is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India. According to mythology, the temple is related to Rudra Tandav of Shiva after he was angry about sacrificing his partner, Sati, after a fight with her father over not being invited for a puja ceremony at her father’s place. It is believed that Shiva carried Sati’s burnt body while performing Tandav and when various parts of the Goddess’s body fell on earth. The right toe of Sati fell at Kalighat and that’s where the temple was built later, the presiding deity here is called Kalika, after whom, the city was named Kolkata.
Shree Mahalaxmi Temple
Shree Mahalaxmi Temple is the biggest Laxmi Temple in the city of Kolkata. The grand temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi on Diamond Harbour Road has been designed in accordance with Vaastu Shastra and is in harmony with the traditional Indian temple architecture. The temple looks like an oasis of calm and serenity in a busy locality. The temple and is modeled on ancient North Indian temple architecture.
Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple
Sri Sri Radha Govinda Temple is located in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is also known as ISKCON Radha Krishna Temple, ISKCON was founded by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966 A.D. in New York to open up the world to the valuable teachings of Lord Krishna based on the sacred Hindu scriptures of Bhagwad Geeta and Bhagwad Purana. This spiritual path introduces people to the Sanatana Dharma and Vedic Culture and helps them live a stress free life.
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is located on the banks of the Hooghly River of Kolkata, West Bengal. The Dakshineshwar Kali Temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, it was in the year 1847 A.D. when Rani Rashmoni prepared to go to Kashi to express her devotion to the Divine Mother but according to history the night before Rani was about to leave for Kashi (Varanasi), she saw a dream the Goddess, Kali appeared and told her that there is no need to go to Kashi, instead set my statue in the temple on the bank of the Ganges river and arrange my worship there. The Goddess also said that I would declare myself in the image and accept worship at that place. After the dream, Rani bought 30,000 acres of land for the construction of the temple, a large temple was built between 1847 A.D. to 1855 A.D.
Thanthania Kalibari Temple is one of the most pilgrimage sites in Kolkata. Dedicated to Goddess Siddheswari, one of the many forms of Goddess Kali, the temple was built by Shankar Ghosh. It is counted as one of the oldest Hindu sacred sites in Kolkata. One of the key highlights of this famous temple in Kolkata is the idol of the presiding deity which is built of clay and painted every year with red and black. It is also interesting to know that every year, the idol of the deity is replaced by a new one, while the old one is submerged. Throughout the year, this Goddess Kali temple celebrates many Hindu festivals and on Tuesday and Saturday is highly auspicious to visit Thanthania Kalibari Temple.
Shree Jagannath Temple
Jagannath Puri Temple is located in Puri, Odisha. Jagannath is a form of Lord Vishnu. In this temple, the flag hosted at the top flows in the opposite direction of air. The temple is situated near the sea and the sound of waves is also there but when you enter the temple premises you cannot hear the sound waves. When you come out of the temple waves sound can be heard. The best time to visit the temple is from June to March.
Kolkata, known as the City of Joy, is famous for its vibrant colours and rich cultural heritage. It is home to numerous temples that reflect the city's spiritual importance, like Baikuntha Temple, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, Thanthania Kalibari and many more. The best time to visit all these temples is in the months from October to February, it also has many festivals throughout the year, but Durga Puja is the largest festival in Kolkata.