All those people who pray to the Indian Goddess Kali, are very much respectful to the Dakshineshwar Kali templeis located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata, West Bengal. The temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River. The presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, meaning, ‘She who liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence – Saṃsāra’.

This is one of the oldest historical monuments in India. This much-revered pilgrimage for the destroyer and preserver Goddess Kali was actually also the epicentre of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 between patriotic Indian rebels and the British Raj.

Dakshineshwar village became the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple on 31st May 1855, founded by the patroness Rani Rashmoni, who famously had an instructive premonition for building the temple and worshipping Goddess Kali. The temple compound, apart from the main temple have twelve shrines dedicated to Shiva—Kali’s companion—along the riverfront, a temple to Radha-Krishna, a bathing ghat on the river, a shrine dedicated to Rani Rashmoni. ‘Nahavat-Khana’, the chamber in the northwestern corner just beyond the last of the Shiva temples, is where Ramakrishna spent a considerable part of his life