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Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Sacred in its holiness, the Dakshineswar Kali Temple is of high importance to the Calcuttans. It gives the huge mass of pilgrims who visit every year peace for the inner mind. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, here we worship the Goddess Ma Kali (Mother Kali). The presiding deity is primarily known as Bhavatarini. Its beauty and spirit of holiness attracts pilgrims from all over India. Devotees from Western countries also come here to pay respect to the Holy mother Kali and also to Sri Ramkrishna Parhamhansa a mystic from 19th century and his wife Sarada Devi. They all reside at the Temple’s very heart. The Devi Bhavatarini is the one who “frees all who come from the ocean of existence that is Samsara”.  The Holy River Ganga flows by the side of the temple where the devotees take bath on auspicious days.

Built during the 19th century (1847-1855) by the reformist Rani Rashmoni it shows clear signs of the then Bengal architecture. The style of Nava-Ratna (Nine Spires) has been implemented in this three storeyed south facing temple which stands on a high platform with a flight of stairs. The ‘garbha griha’ in Bengali stands for “sanctum sanctorum” where the Devi Bhavatarini stands on the chest of Lord Shiva. Both the idols are placed on a thousand-petaled lotus made of silver. Lying close to the main temple is a series of twelve Shiva temples identical in their stature built in the traditional “aath-chala” Bengal style. This vast temple complex provides the pilgrims a sense of awe that has a kind of spirituality in the atmosphere.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

History and Legend of Dakshineswar Kali Temple

The ancient legend of the Mother Goddess has been passed down by generations of Hindus from the books of Shakta Tantras that speaks of the Devi Chandi. Hindus especially in Bengal worship the Devi Ma (Holy Mother) with great devotion. One such sacred place is the Dakshineswar Kali Temple where devotees go every year to see the Divine Mother Kali.

In the year 1847, the widow, Rani Rashmoni set out to express her love for the Divine Mother with a convoy of twenty four boats carrying relatives, servants and labourers to the city of Banaras. Legend says that just before the night of the pilgrimage the Divine Mother Kali appeared in her dream asking her to build a  shrine for her on the “ banks of the river Ganga and there she would accept worship from her devotees”. So she set out to build this vast temple complex consisting temples of Goddess Kali, Lord Shiva and a temple of Radha Krishna. It took eight years to build the entire structure.  The temple head priest was a scholarly elder sage named Ramkumar. But within a year of its foundation he died and then the responsibilities were passed to his brother Ramkrishna who attained “moksha” through his love for the Divine Mother and brought great fame to the Dakshineswar temple.

Significance of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple

When we visit a holy place we take a guide, but when you are on a pilgrimage you should follow the path of a holy person. The pilgrim is on a journey where he has both internal emotions and external impressions. And thus Sri Ramkrishna is prominent for the pilgrims in their journey to Dakshineswar.

The temple’s atmosphere is indifferent to praise or criticism, here the lowly and highly does not have any difference. Here all live with an unusual harmony. Time- is mystery in the place. It seems as if time has stopped here. The streets outside the temple increase the anticipation of the devotees for Ma Kali who would soon shower her love and calm your mind. The Divine Mother is decorated with ornaments like anklets, necklaces made of gold and pearls, a garland of human heads made out of gold and a golden nose ring with a pearl-drop.

The planning of the temple is such that it offers space for rooms of staffs and guests of the temple. There is also an orchard to the north where there is the ‘Panchavati’ with the banyan tree and the Bel tree. Here Sri Ramkrishna sat for hours in meditation. In recent times this area has been redesigned in an ethnic manner. The main temple has a magnificent “Natmandir”, or music hall. To the northwest and southwest parts of the temple premises there are two “Nahabhats” or music towers.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple Timings

  • The temple opens at 7:00 am and closes at 12 pm in the afternoon.
  • Then again it opens at 3:30 pm and closes for the day at 9 pm.
  • It is wise for visitors to visit during the early morning hours from 7:00 am to 8:00 am since the place remains a bit empty at that time.
  • The Mangal arati begins before sunrise, 4:00 am during the summer months and at 5:00 am during winter.
  • The Bhog arati is done during the afternoon around 12:00 pm.
  • The Sandhya arati begins at 6:30 p.m. during winter and at 7:00 p.m. during the summer.

Festivals Celebrated at Dakshineswar Kali Temple

  • Kalpataru one of the holiest of festivals for the Bengalees is celebrated at the Dakshineswar temple. Followers of Sri Ramkrishna attend this festival with much enthusiasm. It is celebrated on the first day of the English calendar i.e. 1rst January.
  • The Navaratri is celebrated here with grandeur for nine days and nine nights. The  ‘kumari’ kanyas or girls who yet to attain puberty are worshiped in front of the Divine Mother  who are taken to be embodiments of Ma Durga. On the ninth day comes the Ayudhya puja where devotees place their tools for livelihood hoping for success and happiness. The Dusshera sees the celebration of Goddess Saraswati who showers knowledge and wisdom to her worshipers.
  • Diwali here is celebrated through Kali puja where the deity Bhavatarini is worshipped and prayed by thousands of pilgrims. The entire temple complex is adorned with diyas and strings of lights decorated at every corner. Nowadays sky lights are also lit within the temple premises making the whole place glow with bright lights.

Poojas and Rituals at Dakshineswar Kali Temple

  • Once a month takes place the Amavasya (darkest night) ritual where devotees offer their prayers after a daylong of fasting and breaks it after the priest has performed the Homa
  • The second month of the Bengal year Jaistha which is the summer season beckons the Phalaharini Kali puja on a new moon night.
  • The Durga puja is the most grand of all festivals for Bengal. And here at Dakhshineswar the Durga puja is celebrated with grand events. Priests recite from holy Sanskrit texts for five days telling about the victory of Ma Durga over the Ashura or demon. Here the priests perform the puja in front of the Kali image.
  • One of the most important ritual or puja taking place is Kali puja. It takes place during Diwali and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and devotees walk into the temple complex to offer prayers and gifts to Goddess Kali. Both Tantric and Brahmanical rituals are performed to Ma Kali and thousands of visitors get to see the entire ritual.
  • The temple committee also prepares the bhog /prasad made especially for puja and rituals. It is distributed to a long line of devotees visiting the temple and desiring Maayer Prasad (offerings from the Divine Mother).

How to reach Dakshineswar Kali Temple

  • The temple is situated to the left of Dunlop junction. The P.W.D road which is ahead takes to Dakshineswar railway station. By taking a left turn after crossing the railway station one can reach the temple.
  • Recently a new flyover has been built that connect the temple area with the main city of Kolkata. Taxis are easily available from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport, Howrah and Sealdah railway station (if one comes by train). If one travels by metro then there is Dum Dum metro station nearby.
  • The Barrackpore Trunk Road can be sought from Shyambazar’s five-point crossing, in north Kolkata. This is another route to travel by road.  And turning left one can reach Dakshineswar.
  • Across the Hooghly River one can find the Vivekananda Bridge at Dakhshineswar. It connects it to, major areas like Bally, Uttarpara and Dankuni.  And also to Grand Trunk Road, Delhi- Bombay Road along with Durgapur Expressway.
  • A new bridge named ‘Nivedita Setu’ has been built so that traffic is not affected much.  There are many buses from Kolkata, as well from places across the river. Also a serene boat ride across the river Ganga can make the journey more wonderful.

Where to eat and famous foods

  • The lanes outside the temple is famous for its street food especially kachodi and cholar dal that visitors crave upon. The most famous is the Dakhshineswar peda a kind of sweet that from young to old is a delight for the tongue.
  • The Bharadwaj lodge and restaurant is a known place there. People often stop by it since it is not far from the temple.
  • Visitors who are non-vegetarian can stop by the famous Gol Bari restaurant about 6.2 km from Dakshineswar which is famous for its’ kosha mangsho (chicken recipe).
  • Several new places for food have opened like “Bangaliyaana”, “Dunlop Hotel and Restaurant” etc.

Where to Stay

  • The Debalay Guest House at T.N.Mukherjee road is comfortable and convenient for travellers.it is reviewed to be reasonable and well-suited for visitors.
  • The Holy Nest Guest house is another place where accommodations can be arranged for travellers. It is also not far from the temple area and is known to be having a pleasant atmosphere with nice suitable rooms and good food.

Nearby Temples

  • The Adyapeath temple is a very renowned place for pilgrims. It is located near the Dakhshineswar temple and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is a beautiful place where devotees visit every year for peace and tranquillity.
  • The Belur Moth was built by Swami Vivekananda, disciple of Sri Ramkrishna. It is a very worthy place to visit in the early mornings where the calm and quietness of the place takes one into a state of pure peace. The place is notable for its fusion of Hindu, Islam and Christian symbols that shows that oneness of all religions.
  • The Shobhabajar Rajbari is a famous tourist spot. It has historical importance that attracts visitors.
  • Another place where devotees visit is the Hanseswari Temple. It is located at Bashberia town,in the Hooghly district. Here people can see Goddess Hanseswari who is another avatar of Goddess Kali. It is very unique in its structure that has a six storey shrine which has the form of a human body.

Kalighat

Kalighat Kali Temple

Goddess Kali is worshipped throughout India particularly in South India, Bengal and Assam. The sanskrit word ‘Kal’ means ‘Time’ and the word Kali is interpreted to mean “Beyond Time”. Hence Godess Kali is called Godess of Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation and Destruction. The Kali Temple at Kalighat  on the banks of the Hooghly river (Bhagirathi) had been in existence for centuries but in its current form was built around 1809 A.D.   In due course of time the river changed its course and the temple is now on the banks of a small canal called “Adi Ganga”. (The word Adi means “original”). The image of Kali in this temple is unique. Three huge eyes , long protruding tounge made of gold and four hands,which are all made of gold too. Two of these hands holding a scimitar and a severed head of “asura” king ‘Shumbha’. The scimitar signifies Divine Knowledge and the ‘asura’ head signifies human Ego which must be slain by Divine Knowledge in order to attain Moksha. The other two hands are in ‘abhaya or varad mudra’ or blessings ,which means her initiated  devotees  (or any one worshipping her with a  true  heart) will be saved as she will guide them here and hereafter.

Kalighat

The main areas of the Kalighat Temple

  • Sosthi Tala: This is a rectangular altar about three feet high bearing a small cactus plant beneath which, on an altar, are three stones. The stones represent the Godesses Sosthi, Sitola and Mongal Chandi.
  • Natmondir: This is adjacent to the main temple from where the face of the image can be seen. It was built by Zamindar Kasinath Roy in 1835.
  • Jor-bangla: This is the spacious verandah of the main temple.
  • Harkath Tala: This is the spot adjacent to Natmondir and is meant for animal sacrifice.
  • Radha-Krishna Temple: This temple is situated at the west side of the main temple.
  • Kundupukur: This is the sacred tank situated in the south-east of teh temple outside the boundary walls. It is said that the right toe of Sati was discovered here.

Kalighat History

  • Job Charnock is believed to be the founder of Calcutta when his ship anchored at “Sutanati”, one of the four villages that combined to form Calcutta.He may have founded the English part of Calcutta but long before his ship anchored at Sutanati there flourished a market town as old as Varanasi, around the temple of Kali. Pilgrims came from distant part of the countryto pay their respects. This town was known as Kalighat. Kalighat’s earliest history can be gauged from the coins originating from Gupta period{4th to 5th AD} that were discovered here. Kalighat was earlier known as Kali-Kshetra.
  • Kalighat is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India. As the legend goes, Sati, wife of Lord Shiva was insulted by her father Daksha who had not invited Shiva at a Yagya ceremony. Sati flung into the fire and immolated herself. Grieved and hysterical Shiva journeyed around the cosmos with Sati on his shoulders.To relieve Shiva of his agony Lord Vishnu wielding his Sudarshan chakra cut the body into pieces .Splintered limbs scattered over the country.Places where the body parts fell are revered by the believers as Shakti Peeth. A toe of Devi’s right foot is believed to have fallen at Kalighat.
  • Legend has it that a devotee discovered a luminant ray of light coming from the bed of Bhagirathi river, and upon investigating its source came upon a piece of stone carved in the form of a human toe. He also found a Svayambhu Lingam of Nakuleshwar Bhairav nearby and started worshipping Kali in the midst of a thick jungle.
  • It is believed that the temple was initially built by Raja Mansingh I of Amber (AD 1594 – 1606)  when he was sent as a Governor of Bengal by Mughal Emperor Akbar. In 1809 this temple was modified  and reconstructed by an affluent Zamidar named Santosh Roy Chaudhary of Sabarna Roy Caudhary family under the patronage of Kaliprasad Dutta.
  • The “Mahanta” system, where the chief priest chooses one of his disciples as the next chief, is still followed in the temple. Bhubhaneshwar Giri, one of the chief priests, married a woman known as Yogmaya and together the two had a daughter whom they named Uma. When Uma reached a marriageable age, the Goddess appeared in Bhubhaneshwar Giri’s dreams and asserted that she no longer wished to be worshiped by ascetic priests and urged him to marry off Uma and declare her husband as the next Mahanta – Uma was thus married to Bhabanidas Chakraborty who assumed the position of Mahanta after his father-in-law handed him the entire Kalighat complex as dowry and since then all the “Sebayats” (Goddess’ priests) have continued to be married householders.

Significance of the Kalighat Temple

  • Goddess Kali stands for enlightenment or liberation. She is considered a compassionate deity who provides moksha or liberation to her children. Temple may be centuries old, its profound spiritual meaning lives onto the present day through the belief and daily rituals of millions of Indians. It is believed that the temple vibrates with spiritual energy that absolves the previous sins of the pious. It gaurantees relief from bad karma.
  • Kalighat temple was built on desolate strip of wasteland near Ganga. With the fame of temple settlement grew up in the neighbourhood. Booths sprang up to cater to the various needs of the pilgrims. Wooden dolls and Terracota  figurines appeared early in the brisk trade in souvenirs for the pilgrims.
  • Around 1830 the style of Kalighat Painting became popular. Early paintings focussed om mythological themes and depicted episodes from Ramayan and Mahabharat. At the turn of 20th century painting started depicting rapidly changing urban society and the nouveau rich Bengali in satirical caricature.
  • Paintings attracted attention of foreign tourists who took these paintings as the example of exotic andoriental souvenirs. Many of these works ended up in the Museums and private collections in Western Europe.

Kalighat Temple Timings and Food Timings

Kalighat Temple is open from 5.00 A.M. to 2.00 P.M and 5.00 P.M to 10.30 P.M. It is closed from 2.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M. for Bhog. There are Aarthis in the morning and evening.

Kalighat Temple schedule

Sun/Sat/Tue Weekdays
Opening Time
(For Mongal Aarti)
4.00 A.M 4.00 A.M
Opening Time
(For Public)
5.00 A.M 5.00 A.M
Nitya Puja 5.30 A.M to
7.00 A.M
5.30 A.M to
7.00 A.M
Bhog Rag 2.30 P.M. to
3.30 P.M.
2.00 P.M. to
3.00 P.M.
Sandhya Aarti 6.30 P.M. to
7.00 P.M.
6.30 P.M. to
7.00 P.M.
Closing of Temple 11.30 P.M. 10.30 P.M.

Tuesdays and Saturdays are special days for worship. Ashtami days are also special. The temple is very crowded on these days and if  you want to avoid the crowds then it is better  to visit is Wednesday or Thursday.

There are separate queues for normal visitors and  Sevaits/V.I.P/Staff.

There are two queues, one for going to the Garbha Graha (Nijo -Mandir) and another for having Dharshan from the Varandah (Jor- bangla). The queue going to the Garbha Graha (Nijo -Mandir) is more orderly, and is controlled by security guards and police men (at least on Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and festival days). The queue for the Varandah (Jor- bangla) is not well controlled.

Pooja and Rituals at Kalighat Temple

At the Kalighat Kali Mandir we find a mixture of diverse religious expressions––ranging from the “orthodox” rites of Brahminical Hinduism to spiritual practices aligned with the folk Shakta tradition of the villages. Animal sacrifice is a regular affair and the occasional Tantrik can be spotted wandering around the Kali Mandir, carrying a human skull and offering his magical services for a price.

How to reach

  • Kalighat is located in south Calcutta. Buses are available from all parts of Calcutta. All buses going to south Calcutta have to pass through Shyam Prasad Mukherjee road. The temple is off this road. You get down in Kalighat (Kalighat Tram Depot) bus stop and walk down the Kali Temple road to the temple. Kalighat is connected by Metro railway.
  • The nearest metro stations are Jatin Das Park and Kalighat. Please take the Northern exit in Jatin Das Park and the Southern exit in Kalighat.
  • The steps in Jatin Das Park station are many and steep. There is an escalator part of the way in Kalighat station. It is advisable for elderly people to alight at the Kalighat station.

Hotels in Kalighat

Staying in Kolkata is not very difficult as wide range of hotels are available. With flexible price.  

Where To Eat

Good  restaurant catering to all kinds of taste and pocket can be enjoyed in Kolkata.

Nearby Temples

Dakshineswar Temple: This temple is situated on the eastern bank of River Hoogly in Kolkota. ‘ Bhavtarni ‘ an aspect of Kali is the presiding diety. Bhavtarni  means  a diety who liberates her devotees from the endless cycles of birth and death or ‘Samsara. This temple was built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist.  Swami Ramkrishna, the famous  mystic of the 19th Century was its head priest for some time.

Belur Math: Swami Vivekanand who was the follower of Swami Ramkrishna Paramhansa founded Belur Math. It is the headquaters of Ramkrishna Mission. Swami Vijayanand who was the younger brother of Swami Vivekanand designed this temple  and based on the ideas of Vivekanand got the foundation laid on 16th May 1935. This temple is called as “Symphony in Architecture” because different architectural elements  are beautifully combined into it.

Pareshnath Jain Temple: This temple,  devoted to 23rd Tirthankar Pareshnath,  is the most revered Jain shrine in Kolkata. It was built in 1867 by Ray Badridas Bahadur. It is beautifully decorated with mirrors glasses and chandeliers called ‘Jhar Bhattis’.

Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir

Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir, Delhi

Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir or CR Park Mandir is situated in the Bengali-dominated locality, CR park of south Delhi. It was founded in 1973, first as a small temple shrine for God Shiva. It was soon added with Goddess Kali and was later – by late 1980s – developed into what is today’s CR Park Mandir complex that hosts three shrines devoted to God Shiva, Goddess Kali, and Radha-Krishna. A modern age temple, the architecture, during its expansion in the 1980s, took the form of Bengal terracotta temple art. It has grown into a cultural and traditional hub of Bengalis in Delhi. As Bengalis are synonymous to the grandeur celebrations of Durga pooja, the tradition of celebrating the pooja at this temple began in the late 1970s.

Situated on a small hill top, the mandir is known for its calm and serenity within the hustle – bustle of Delhi. It is surrounded by a vast garden which was declared as the ‘Best Kept Garden’ by Agri-Horticulture Society in 1999. The mandir complex also houses halls for cultural functions and discourses, and spaces crafted to accommodate festivals like Durga Puja, library, tirthashram, homeopathy, naturopathy yoga centres, children’s park, and a musical fountain.

The mandir maintains a Charitable ‘Balanada’ Dharmashala, viz., ‘Yatri Niwas’ – meaning a ‘Traveller’s Home’, and a canteen.  Any visitor to the city is welcome here, and would be accommodated for a maximum of seven days at a nominal price.

CR Park 2

CR Park History

  • A resolution to build a temple was taken in 1973 by the residents of CR Park, and a steering committee, ‘Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir Society’ was formed.  A proposal for the construction of a temple within two acres lands on the ‘Rock Garden’ was sent to the government in 1974.
  • On 25th April 1974 on the eve of ‘Akshay Tritiya’, a Shivlinga was installed in a temporary shed.
  • Foundation of Kali Mandir was laid in 1979, and the idol of Goddess Kali was established on 21st February 1985.
  • The Radha-Krishna establishment and temple inauguration was conducted in February 1994.
  • The terracotta ar
  • The Musical Fountain in the mandir complex was inaugurated by Dr. Anita Bose, daughter of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in February 2013.

Significance of the CR Park

  • In 1947, during the India – Pakistan partition, the state of Bengal separated into two entities – East Bengal in Pakistan and West Bengal in India. A large group of government employees who was a refugee of East Bengal migrated to Delhi. Forming East Pakistan Displaced Persons (EPDP) Association, they lobbied for a residential colony in 1954.
  • In 1967, the 218-acre barren rocky land was assigned to the applicants with refugee status. 2147 people with the status were given plots in the area now known as Chittaranjan Park or CR Park.
  • The colony was founded with plots going exclusively to migrants from East Bengal; but over time, it attracted general Bengali settlers resulting in demographic diversification.
  • The residents of CR Park founded and established the Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir by 1980s.
  • The Kali Mandir soon grew into a traditional hub of all the Bengalis in Delhi with various religious and cultural activities all round the year.
  • Durga pooja is celebrated, during Durgashtami, at the mandir annually; with barrels of Bengal-specific flowers, such as Shuli (night flowering jasmine) and blue-lotus, flown in fresh for pooja everyday, and includes a typical Bengali cuisine, bhog.

CR Park Temple Timings

Due to the extreme variation of temperature in Delhi, the mandir timings change according to the season.

Summer (April – October): 4.45am – 12.30pm & 5.00pm – 10.00pm

Winter (November – March): 5.45am – 1.00pm & 4.30pm – 9.00pm

Everyday Arati timings are as follows:

Arati Summer Winter
  (April – October) (November – March)
Mangal Arati 4.45am – 5.15am 5.45am – 6.15am
Puja 8.00am 8.30am
Bhog Arati 11.20am – 11.50am 11.20am – 11.50am
Sandhyarati 6.30pm – 7.30pm 6.00pm – 7.00pm

 

Musical Fountain Timings

Tuesday – Sunday: 7.00pm – 7.15pm (after Sandhyarati. No show on Mondays)

Poojas and Rituals at CR Park Mandir

Regardless of any particular ritual or pooja, this shrine is an emblem of great fidelity. Various customary Bengali poojas are offered to the Gods on special occasions.

  • Bipattarini Pooja – The Bipattarini Pooja/Vrata is observed by women on the Panchami, fifth day of the Shukla paksha(waxing moon) in the month of Ashadha according to the Hindu calendar, in order to overcome troubles. Bipattarini is an avatar of Goddess Durga. Legends established her name, Bipada – Tarini, which literally means ‘deliverer from troubles’.
  • Jagadhatri Pooja – ‘Jagadhatri’ is the ‘Protector of the World’. She is celebrated on Gosthastami. It is also referred to as another Durga Pooja as it also starts on Asthami tithi and ends on Dashami tithi. The date of the pooja is decided by the luni-solar Hindu calendar.
  • Satyanarayan Pooja – It is done on special occasions and during times of achievements as an offering of gratitude to God Vishnu.
  • Shani Pooja – Shani Pooja is performed to appease planet Saturn; it is sought for mental peace and to get rid of various diseases.
  • Shradh Ceremony – ‘Shraddha’is a Sanskrit word meaning anything or any act that is performed with all sincerity and faith. Shradh Ceremony is a ritual that one performs to pay homage to one’s ancestors, especially to one’s dead parents.
  • Til Tarpan – It is a specific form of Tarpan (offering made to divine entities) involving libationsoffered to the Pitrs (deceased ancestors) using water and sesame (Til) seeds during a death rite.

The mandir also celebrates Kali Mandir Pratistha Diwas, Shiv Mandir Pratistha Diwas, and Radha Krishna Mandir Pratistha Diwas to commemorate the mandirs’ installations.

Mandir also assists devotees in conducting personal obeisance.

Hari Sabha and Ladies regularly conduct Sankirtan and evening Kirtan (devotional songs), at the three temple shrines.

Festivals Celebrated at CR Park Mandir

  • Durga Pooja – Durga Pooja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Celebrated all over India, it is the biggest festival of the year for Bengali Hindus.
  • Maha Shivratri – It is a festival celebrated annually in reverence of the God Shiva. Shivratri is celebrated during the night by keeping a “jaagaran” – a night-long vigil with worship, as it is believed that God Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance.
  • Ram Navami – It is a festival celebrating the birth of the god Ramato King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya.
  • Neel Sashti – It is the day in the Bengali month of Chaitra when Bengalis celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva with Devi Parvati by offering puja to the Lord.
  • Holi Milan – It is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing the love.

Activities

Apart from the religious activities, CR Park Kali Mandir Society conducts and organizes many sports, cultural, developmental, and social activities throughout the year. They accept donations, whatever amount they may be, and use the amount for the service of God and mankind.

Sports & Cultural Activities

The ‘Chittaranjan Park Mandir Society’ actively promotes cultural and sports events.

  • As a part of cultural events, it celebrates Naba Barsha (Bengali Poila Baisakh/ New Year), birth anniversaries Bengali dignitaries such as Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Rishi Aurobindo, Thakur Sri Sri Maa Sarada, Swami Vivekananda and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose.
  • Arranges exchange of Cultural Artists from different states and region for varieties of the programme.
  • Arranges four days cultural programmes by selected artists during Durga Pooja.
  • Emphases are given more on local talents for their exposure. Similar programmes are also arranged by the prominent artist on other public pooja days.
  • Organises Children’s day in the month of January. The programme is for the children and by the children. A platform is provided for them to expose their hidden talents. The programme is conducted by children themselves.
  • Netaji Subhash hall is set to organise regular religious discourses by different religious and philanthropic organisations.
  • Cultural Division felicitated to Bengali dignitaries, who have excelled in different fields, every year as “Gunijan”
  • Organizes Annual Sports in January every year.

Social Activities

The CR Park Mandir Society exhibits tremendous socio-economic values through their charitable and social events.

  • Running free Homeopathy and Naturopathy Dispensaries
  • Running Free Reading Room and Library. About 5000 books covering all sections are stacked in the library. There is a special section for the children. A good number of Magazines and News Papers are subscribed on a regular basis.
  • Running free Yoga Centre
  • Assisting students from Under-privileged section in meeting their educational expenses
  • Organizes free Bengali Learning Classes every week
  • Assisting the patients from down-trodden sections towards their medical expenses
  • Assisting the senior citizens who are staying alone in the colony, in case, they suddenly fall ill or otherwise.
  • Facilitate the citizens to meet together in the Mandir Prangan everyday for the exchange of views and pleasantries.
  • Making donations to Religious Organization for the pursuit of their religious activities.
  • Organizing “Daridra Narayan Sewa” once a month.

Where to eat

The mandir hosts a canteen, attached to the Dharmashala, which provides both veg & non-veg cuisines at nominal rates.

For the food savvies, Chittaranjan Park area houses a variety of traditional Bengali veg & non-veg cuisine (it is home to one of the city’s main markets for freshwater fish, an important part of Bengali Cuisine).

Where to Stay

The ‘Yatri Niwas’, a charitable Dharmashala, has 30 double bedded rooms with attached bathrooms. Common hot water during winter, and room coolers during summer are provided by the Dharmashala. It accommodates any visitor of the city for a maximum of seven days at a nominal price with a two-month advance booking.

There are also several hotels and lodges in and around CR Park area which provide good accommodation options, with several markets nearby.

How to reach

CR Park is an area in south Delhi which is very well connected with the rest of the city.

By Air: Indira Gandhi International Airport is the official airport of Delhi, and is around 15.2km from CR Park Kali Mandir.

By Rail: Delhi Junction Railway station is the major rail station of Delhi. It also has full-fledged metro rail system also operating within the city.

The nearest metro station is Nehru place metro station, 2 km from CR Park guest house.

By Road: Several state government run buses and taxis operate round the city which transports to CR Park area.

Nearby Temples

Delhi is a city with rich history housing several monuments and temples with great cultural and political significance. Below are some of the places which are nearby CR Park.

  • Kalkaji Temple – Built in the mid-18th century, Kalkaji temple/Mandir is a renowned temple dedicated to Kalka Devi or Goddess Kali. Certain changes and additions were made to the temple in mid-19th century by Raja Kedarnath, treasurer of Emperor Akbar II. The whole temple is built using white marble and granite. In the sanctum sanctorum is the stone that represents Goddess Kali, housed in a 12-sided structure. There are many Dharmashalas (rest houses) in the vicinity of the temple, built with donations from devotees. The temple is open to devotees from 6 am to 10 pm every day.
  • Lotus Temple – Bahá’í Temple, popularly known as the Lotus Temple is a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture which was designed by Fariburz Sabha, a Canadian Bahá’í of Iranian descent. Built between 1980 and 1986, it is the latest among the seven Bahá’í temples across the world. Shaped akin to a half-open lotus, light and water have been used as fundamental elements of design of this house of worship. Set among sprawling green lawns, the petals of the grand lotus are surrounded by nine pools that represent floating leaves. The Lotus Temple is conducive to meditation. There are no priests, idols, pictures, sermons or rituals. Religious discrimination does not exist here as its symbol, the lotus, connotes peace, purity and a manifestation of God. It is open to all free of cost from 9 am to 7 pm, six days a week except for Mondays.
  • ISKCON Temple – Built in 1998, ISKCON Temple is one of the 40 temples built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The actual name of the temple is Sri Radha Parthasarthy Temple, popularly known as Hare Krishna Temple. It has three shrines dedicated to Radha–Krishna, Sita–Ram and Guara–Nitai. Decorated beautifully with fresh flowers, the air is thick with spiritual discourses and chants, enhancing the divine atmosphere. Multimedia shows are organized regularly to educate the devotees about the Hindu epics. One can savour a delicious Saatvik (pure vegetarian) meal at ‘Govinda’, the temple cafeteria. It is open daily from 4.30am to 1 pm and from 4.30pm to 9 pm.