Kalighat, Kolkata
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Kalighat

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Kalighat
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About Kalighat

Build by a Brahmin Zamindar, Sabarna Roy Choudhury, the Kalighat Temple is a place for worshipping Goddess Kali. It is said that the old temple was housed within a small hut. It was only in 1809 when the construction of the present day temple began.

In the 16th century the original temple was set up by King Manasingha. Several thousands of years ago when Lord Shiva was performing his looming dance, more popularly known as Pralay in Hindu mythology, he carried his dead wife, Sati on his shoulder. In order to stop this menace Lord Vishnu sliced Goddess Sati with his Chakra. The body parts of the Goddess fell in several places where Lord Shiva travelled with the corpse.

All these places became prominent attractions of Hindu pilgrimage. Kalighat is believed to be a place where Goddess Sati’s last finger of her left hand was dropped. During Diwali and Navratri, the temple is decorated with flowers and thousands of lamps. People from all over the country visit the temple to offer their prayers to the Goddess.

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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Average 2
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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17 traveller reviews for Kalighat

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Karan Vema
  • Karan Vema
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"A must visit - kalighat"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kalighat is a locality of Kolkata, India. One of the oldest neighborhood in South Kolkata, Kalighat is also densely populated and vibrant with a rich history of cultural intermingling with the various foreign incursions into the area over time. It is definitely a worth watching place and I suggest everyone to visit.
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Chanchal Pal
  • Chanchal Pal
  • 2 Reviews

"It is the famous 'kali temple' in Kolkata"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I visited this place for the kali temple. This is one of the famous temples in Kolkata. It is very nice place to visit. There is no need to carry food as good quality food is available.
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Soumya Dhar
  • Soumya Dhar
  • Cityslicker
  • 6 Reviews

"Expect a lot of shoving and pushing around"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2014
Being in the heart of the city makes it pretty accessible to everybody which, as a result attracts a huge crowd. Expect a lot of shoving and pushing around and constant bickering from 'paandas' around. You also have to patient to for sighting the deity as it takes normally 'ages' to get about the business because of the long gruelling line and by the time you reach there the priests literally snatch off your money and hands you 'prasad' in a flash and in no moment you are pushed out towards the exit. I will suggest people to visit the temple in the weekdays when the traffic is relatively lesser.
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Indra bhusan srivastava
  • Indra bhusan srivastava
  • Highlander
  • 8 Reviews

"A very old and famous mandir"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2014
It is a very old and famous mandir. You must see this place, while in Kolkata. The place is full of devotees here.You can also easily go to mandir for puja. Only problem is that so many pandas are there, they will promise you that they will help in puja of Ma Kali, but you should go without them and can perform the puja.
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Manish Agarwal
  • Manish Agarwal
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 2 Reviews

"You shouldn't be carrying unnecessary things owing to security reasons"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2014
It is a Hindu temple. I visited the place with my family. It is a Kali mandir and famous all over world. You shouldn't be carrying unnecessary things owing to security reasons.
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Sumit Jain
  • Sumit Jain
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice temple with very good facility"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2014
Nice temple with very good facility. Many people throng the place throughout day. Very religious place of Goddess Kali with a ghat behind the temple, and also many shops to purchase religious things.
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Atcl Grain
  • Atcl Grain
  • 1 Review

"Oldest place of worship in Kolkata, with a rich history"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2014
Kalighat is oldest place of worship in Kolkata, with a rich history of cultural intermingling with the various foreign incursions into the area over time.
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Venkat  Krishna
  • Venkat Krishna
  • Lives in Secunderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Great historical place with many temples inside"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Jul 3, 2014
You will surely love this temple. Great historical place with many temples inside. It is crowed most of the times. Must place to visit when you are in Kolkata next time.
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A S
  • A S
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews

"Astounding Place!"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2014
Kalighat is vibrant and has a brilliant visual impact. This is one of the most famous places for followers of goddess Kali. I was visiting this place during Bengali New Year and the sight was like massive carnival the place was filled with devotees. It is at the south Kolkata and can be easily accessible by metro rail, trams and buses. I am sure you will not miss the famous Kalighat temple do take the souvenir of the painting.
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Abhijit Gupta
  • Abhijit Gupta
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews

"One of the most important pilgrimage centres"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
Kalighat is a very popular temple of goddess Kali and devotees visit this temple everyday in huge number. The place is for pilgrimage but there is no control over pundits. They will charge anything they feel like. The stall owners from where you would be buying puja offerings. I would suggest you not to visit any stall or hire any pundit, Just go on your own.
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