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Opening timings for kalighat kali temple

Temple is closed from 2.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M. for Bhog
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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address
Kalighat Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026, India
contact
+91-33-22436440
entry fee
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No entry fee
timings
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Temple is closed from 2.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M. for Bhog
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

how to reach kalighat kali temple

Located in the South Kolkata region of Kalighat, the temple can be reached easily via cab or taxi. The nearest metro stations are Jatin Das Park and Kalighat. You should take the Northern exit in Jatin Das Park and the Southern exit in Kalighat.

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about kalighat kali temple

Kalighat Temple is an ancient temple believed to have existed during the time of Chandragupta II, although the present structure is just 200 years old. The original temple was a small hut-shaped structure built by Raja Mansingh in the 16th century. The present structure was completed sometime in 1809 under the supervision of the Sabarna Roy Chowdhury family of Barisha. 

Unlike other Kali idols across India, the goddess in Kalighat has a golden tongue and 4 golden hands. Two of her hands are holding a scimitar (representing Divine Knowledge) and the severed head of Shumbha - the demon king (representing Human Ego). The message being, human ego has to be overcome by Divine Knowledge to gain Moksha (salvation). The other two hands are in the abhaya (fearless) and varada (blessing) mudras respectively signifying that all her devotees will be guided to the eternal salvation by the holy mother herself. 


There is a 3 ft high rectangular alter in the Kalighat Temple where 3 stones are kept under a tree. These stones represent Sasthi, Shitala and Mangala Chandi - part of Ma Kali. This spot is called Shasthi Tala or Manasha Tala. There are no male priests in this area. Adjacent to the temple lies the Natmondir - a covered platform from where the main deity can be seen. Next to this lie the two sacrificial altars. A separate shrine dedicated to radha Krishna is also present within the complex. A sacred tank called Kundupukar lies in the south east corner of the temple complex. The right tow of Sati is believed to have been found in this area. The water of this tank is considered to be as holy as Ganga and has the power to bestow the boon of a child. 

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barnwal deepak
barnwal deepak
KaliGhat Kali Mandir Kolkata Panda/Thug Se Bach Kar
Oct 07 2018
hello dear, this is the old temple of Ma kali. Here you can go with your family and friends but beware to thugs and panda they ask money for darshan. www.indialocation.in
Amrik Singh
Amrik Singh
beware of priest at Mandir
Oct 25 2015
we were there for Darshan of MATA JI but the pandits and the priests over there demanding mony in large amount due to which we said this was the worst place of my life during visit any temple i will never go back over there but i have a lots of belie ...... read more
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