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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  • Good 4
  • Average 3
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Krishnan Sivaraman

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  • Krishnan Sivaraman
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 11 Reviews
  •  100 readers

"Stay away from touts" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
A temple which one must visit, though it is crowded but worth the wait in queue. Though if one does not want to have a darshan next to the deity they could get a glimpse from a small distance without waiting in the serpentine queues. A word of caution stay away from so called "Pujaris" who are nothing but touts and would fleece money at every instance.
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Satyendra Dwivedi

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  • Satyendra Dwivedi
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 59 photos
  • 47 Reviews
  •  183 helpful votes
  •  25554 readers

"Kalighat is must in a Kolkata itinerary"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are visiting Kolkata, you must visit Kali temple at Kalighat. It has religious and cultural value. But be aware that on few days there will be huge rush in morning hours. Goat sacrifices are done and better to avoid if you can't handle public sacrifice of goats.
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Kamal  Kumar

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  • Kamal Kumar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 18 Reviews
  •  48 helpful votes
  •  2392 readers

"A sentimental place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2015
This place has lot of sentimental values and I do not recollect missing even a single opportunity to have Kaali Maa darshan in my 35-40 visits to great city of Kolkata. One feels totally different when he is in front of Maa inside.
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Akhila kumar Swar

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  • Akhila kumar Swar
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  46 helpful votes
  •  1054 readers

"Had a beautiful darshan"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
Whenever I go to Kolkata, I always go to Kalighat. This time when I went on 21/3/2015, there was first day of Navratri and I was thinking that due to heavy rush it would not be possible the maiya darshan. But when I reached there with my son Amit, I really surprised that within 5 minutes I did a beautiful darshan and that too in very comfortable condition.
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  • 7 votes

Rahul Modak

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  • 8 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  330 readers

"It is a very famous place and a pilgrimage for Shakta"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
I am not a religious person, but when I reached Kalighat, I felt so much good and it seems to be a great experience for me. When I went inside the year old temple it felt great. But one thing is, it would be better if the place become more calm and full of peace. Now it is so much chaotic environment there.
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Selvamuthu Swamy

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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2261 readers

"Pleasant and blissful"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2014
I advise a metro train travel to the place, which is well connected, Dharshan at the morning is blissful and pleasant, once done with worship, you go ahead for shopping at kolkata, that is Gariahat.
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Ram kumar

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  2869 readers

"Secured place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2014
This Temple is too good, this is my First visit. I saw kaali durga fully and Temple is in full secured. You will get peace of mind while seeing the Durga.
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  • 7 votes

Karan Vema

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  • Karan Vema
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  614 readers

"A must visit - kalighat"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2014
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

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  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  734 readers

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

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Aug 10, 2014
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

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  • 6 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  2141 readers

"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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