When one thinks of Kolkata, many images come to our mind. One such glorious image is of Dakhineshwar Kali Temple. It was our last day of the trip, and we
wanted to take blessing from Goddess Kali. The resort we stayed in got us a cab as the temple was pretty far from the place we stayed.
It was 11 am when we reached the temple. The temple is located on the holy Hooghly River and we could see and feel Ganga flowing around us. The deity worshipped as Kali is Bhavatarani. Though I am a Muslim, I always had same feelings for gods, irrespective of the religion. I would thank my parents for such an honest and positive upbringing.
The temple is on the opposite side of the Ghat where we visited Belur Math the previous day. People usually cross the Ganga River by a boat. There are many other shrines of different deities in the temple, of Shiva, Radha Krishna and others. We got to know from the locals that Ramakrishna spent a lot of his time in the temples of Shiva.
The architecture of the temple is inspired by the Bengal architecture. There are 9 spires in upper and lower storeys. The temple was built in 1855 and since then it is attracting worshippers from
all over the world. Every visitor to Kolkata will never miss chance to seek blessings from Kali Mata here.
There is one more famous temple of Kali Mata in Kolkata in Kalighat; however we didn’t have much time to visit. The entire day was happily spent by both of us. We even took a walk on the bank side of the river and it was a great day.
We had our train early in the next morning, so we thought of going to the resort to pack our belongings and dine at the restaurant to relish some more Bengali dishes for the last time. Well, I mean last day of the trip as I will be soon coming again to this happy city with my family in near future.
Kolkata gave me a pleasurable experience overall, and I would love to reside in this city if given a chance to.