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Kalighat Kali temple @ Kolkatta (West Bengal)


Kalighat Kali temple @ Kolkatta (West Bengal) by Drifter Baba

Kalighat Kali temple (Shakti Pithas): 

Kalighat Kali temple is the Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. It is one of the Shakti Peethas among 51 in India. 

Shakti Peethas are the place where Maa Sati's (Shiva's wife) body part or ornaments has fallen in the course of Shiva's Tandava. Here in Kalighat Kali temple, maa Sati's toes of the right foot have fallen.

This temple is situated at the bank of a small canal called Adi Ganga which joins the Hugli river (Ganga/Bhagirathi). The structure of the temple is just 200 years old but the importance of the place is since yogas.

This is one of the very important religious tourist places in Kolkatta & in India. People perform Durga Saptsati chanting inside the temple campus.

Temple Visiting Timing:  05:00 AM to 02:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM (All Day)

Best time to visit: All time. During the summer it's very hot.

Entry Fees:  No entry fee for Darshan but Purohits or local agents take money illegally for fast darshan. There is no fixed amount and they charge as per their convenience. They are open to bargaining.

If you want to perform certain rituals, again there are no fixed charges and purohits (priest) charges as per their convenience. I feel the temple authority should fix the charges for different rituals for the convenience of devotees.

Kalighat Kali Mandir
Anami Sangha, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026

Special occasion:
Navratri (Durga puja) and Kali Puja is a very special occasion and lots of devotees visit there. Huge crowd and no parking place available during that period. 

Places to visit in Howrah & Kolkatta:
  • Belur Math
  • Ramkrishna Sangrahalaya
  • Sri Ramkrishna temple - Belur Math
  • Swamy Vivekananda temple
  • Dakshineswar Kali temple
  • Babal Kalyaneshwar temple
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Jorasanko Thakurbari
  • Indian Museum
  • Adyapeath temple
  • Victoria Memorial
Parking Places: A parking place is available near Kalighat Kali temple but I feel it is not sufficient due to a large number of tourists/devotees. I suggest using Taxis or Autos to visit Kalighat Kali temple or other local destination.

How to reach  Kalighat Kali temple: 

Indian Rail: The nearest main railway station is Howrah Junction which is 5 Km from Kalighat Kali temple. This station is the biggest in eastern reason, lots of trains from different cities in India run. Regular autos and taxis are available at the railway station to go to Kalighat Kali temple.
Buses: The nearest bus station is in Babughat which is 3.5 km from Victoria Memorial. Regular buses are available from different nearby cities.  
Airport: The nearest airport is Subhash Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkatta which is 16 km from Victoria Memorial. The airport is well connected with different cities in India and abroad. 
Private Taxis: Availability of private taxis, Autos are very good at Howrah & Kolkatta. Using a taxi for a local trip is the best and cheap option.  

Distance from Major Cities
  • Ranchi: 394 km
  • Patna:  547 km     
  • Kolkatta: 02 km
  • Varanashi: 671 km
  • Bhubaneswar: 426 km 
  • Visakhapatnam: 866 km
  • Gaya: 478 km

Accommodation near Kalighat Kali temple: 
Lots of budget hotels and lodges are available around Kalighat Kali temple as its very famous tourist destination. You can choose hotels near Howrah station as well as it is not very far from there. 

Food & Restaurant near Kalighat Kali temple:
Kalighat Kali Temple is one of the most important tourist destinations in Kolkatta and lots of restaurants are available around it. North Indian, South Indian, and continental foods are available at a very reasonable price. 

Few Photos:

Kalighat Kali temple @ Kolkatta (West Bengal)  by Drifter Baba

Kalighat Kali temple @ Kolkatta (West Bengal) by Drifter Baba

Kalighat Kali temple @ Kolkatta (West Bengal) by Drifter Baba

Visit Date: 19 Apr 2018