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Kalighat Kali Temple


The Kalighat Temple is 200 years old and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The Kalighat was located on the banks of the River Hooghly in the beautiful city of Kolkata. With the changing times, the temple has now moved away from the river and is presently located on the banks of a small canal called Adi Ganga. The legend says that Kalighat is regarded as one of the Shakti Peethas of India where various parts of Sati’s body had fallen when Shiva was doing the Tandav. Kalighat represents the site where the head of Sati fell but some say that this is a site where her right toe had fallen.

Kalighat is also associated with the worship offered to Kali by a Dasami Monk by name of Chowranga Giri and the area of Kolkata, Chowranghee is named after the same. The Kali idol inside the temple is different from the idols present across India. The idol was created by Brahmanda Giri and Atmaram Giri. The idol of Kali has three huge eyes, long protruding tongue and four hands holding a sword and severed head. The other two hands are in blessing mudra’s which says that she will look after her devotees and guide them hereafter.

Best time to visit

The temple can be visited anytime of the year.


It is one of the 4 main Shakti Peethas in India.


The temple is open from 5:00 am to 3:00 pm and then from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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