Kalighat Kali Temple
is a Hindu temple
dedicated to the Hindu goddess
. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas
was a Ghat (landing stage) sacred to Kali on the old course of the Hooghly river
(Bhāgirathi) in the city of Calcutta
. The name Calcutta is said to have been derived from the word Kalighat
. 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
which connects to the Hoogly
. The Adi Ganga was the original course of the river Hoogly (Ganga). Hence the name Adi (original) Ganga.
The temple is visited by pilgrims from all over India irrespective of sectarian differences. The thousands of pilgrims who flock daily to the Kalighat temple treat Kali very much like a human mother, bringing her their domestic problems and prayers for prosperity, and returning when their prayers are fulfilled to express their gratitude. Their attitude towards the Goddess is guided by their religious traditions and training, their spiritual and intellectual capacities, and the guidance of their temple priests.
Kalighat is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti 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 toe of......