Kalighat, Kolkata


Kalighat (Heritage Site) snapshot

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75 Ratings & 40 Reviews

About Kalighat (Heritage Site)

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.

What travellers are saying about Kalighat

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  • Excellent 12
  • Very Good 14
  • Good 8
  • Average 3
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 3
  • Terrible 0
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Apoorv Khandelwal

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  • Apoorv Khandelwal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  1632 readers

"A holy place with high relious and historic value"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2017
The name Calcutta is said to been derived from Kalighat.
Kalighat is regarded as one of the 51 Sakti peethas of India where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava. Kalighat represents the site where the toes of the right foot of Sati fell.  
Note : Do not click any photo in temple premise it's strictly prohibited
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Manoj Menon

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  • Manoj Menon
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 327 photos
  • 25 Reviews
  •  41 helpful votes
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"Temple Dedicated to Goddess Kali"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2017
Jai Maa Kali !!!
These are the words that you will here even before you enter this temple. It has a certain aura around it which you can feel. It is the oldest Kali temple in Kolkata and is thronged by the locals daily.
Though the management is very poor in and around this place yet you will be amazed by the sense of spirituality here. There are many shops outside from where you can purchase garlands, prasad and other items to adorn the Goddess.
Be careful of the pandits outside the temple as they would trick you a lot. Never take their assistance, infact if you have a Bengali friend, then ask him to take you there.
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Kuntal sen laskar

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  • Kuntal sen laskar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Very Beautiful Temple having old architecture"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2016
Very beautiful and old Kali Temple. A Historical place where Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa (Re-incarnation of God) has carried out his leela by praying to Divine Mother Kali as Priest.

There are lot of pigeons roaming with pride.

People are very friendly, helpful and systematic.
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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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  • Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 324 photos
  • 54 Reviews
  •  49 helpful votes
  •  36237 readers

"Sacred - Beware of Fraud Pandits"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2016
One of the oldest neighbourhoods 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.
A famous temple Kalighat Kali Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali is situated in Kalighat. This temple was situated on the banks of river Adi Ganga. The speciality of Kali of this temple is the long protruded tongue made of gold. This is a different appearance from the other visualisations of Kali.
The temple was initially on the banks of Highly. The river over a period of time has moved away from the temple. The temple is now on the banks of a small canal called Adi Ganga, connecting to Highly.
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Kamal Dahiya

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  • Kamal Dahiya
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  • 109 Reviews
  •  52 helpful votes
  •  57966 readers

"An amazing temple"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
If you are in Kolkata then you should visit this place. This place is near Kalighat metro station, best time to visit is early in the morning or in the evening.

There are lots of shops near temple, where they offer a Pujari who will say you that he will help you in puja of maa kali inside temple and ask daksina later, but everyone should confirm daksina price earlier to avoid headache later.

Don't offer more than 50 rupees.
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Sourav Kundu

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  • Sourav Kundu
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3259 readers

"A place of peace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2016
It's a place of peace. Also home of MA KALI GODDESS. Visit that place and checkout the site of peace. 1st collect the dala from shop near the temple then visit the Temple and do a Pooja for your wealth, health and family. I just loved that place, you will also. One more thing you have to leave your shoes in any shop. Because shoes were not allowed. That place is totally worth to visit and attractive if you are a god lover. You can see many temple and a fresh atmosphere. Visit here and you will know why I'm saying all of these.
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Ami Kothari

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  • Ami Kothari
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  • 12 Reviews
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"Ma Kali Temple is revered by many and visitied by all"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2016
From a common man to CM has visited this temple for the blessings of Maa Kali. The Pandas - Priests do often chase people, but if you are smart, do not fall prey. Visit the temple in early morning and you can peacefully complete the Puja. Later in day the crowd increases, esp on Tuesday and Saturday. Buy Prasad from nearby shops- Pedas, are a delicacy. Nearby shops offer Suhagan ka Samman as make up, bangle, sindoor as Marriages are common in Kali Temple.
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Shikha Srivastava

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  • Shikha Srivastava
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1046 readers

"Power of Kaaliji"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
One really has to be in sync with one self to feel the strength and connect with Goddess Kaali, while visiting this place. But behold yourself and BEWARE of the priests at the temple place and surrounding areas who throng at you the moment you arrive here and try to trick you with every possible excuse, so that you agree for "off-the-line" Darshan.

But it is better to wait in the line patiently along with other people and have the Darshan on your own other wise be ready to shell out a few hundreds for your precious time.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 122 Reviews
  •  98 helpful votes
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"Famous Kali Temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
A popular pilgrimage place in Kolkata. The history of this famous temple goes back to many centuries. It is said that the original temple was a small hut, built by Raja Mansingh in early 16th century. The Kali Temple of its present form is more than 205 years old, which was built with the patronage of Sabarna Roy Choudhury family.

Kali Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. It is suggested that pilgrims may visit the temple in the morning. The name Kalighat has come from' kali ' and 'ghat ', a landing place on Adi Ganga ( since shifted ). The name of 'Calcutta ' has been derived from the name ' Kalighat '. People from all over India visit the temple for prayer before almighty Ma Kali to fulfill their desire.
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Prasanna Rs

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  • Prasanna Rs
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"Be careful regarding your belongings"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
Corrupt people inside and outside the temple. In the name of Devotion and Prasad offerings, shopkeepers will fool you. Stay away from these people. Always be conscious about your wallet, ornaments. Even the priests inside the temple are corrupt.
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