The Ramna Kali Mandir
: রমনা কালী মন্দির), also known as the Ramna Kalibari (house of the Hindu
) was one of the most famous Hindu temples of the Indian subcontinent. It was believed to be over a thousand years old and was situated in Dhaka
(capital of present day Bangladesh
on the outskirts of the Ramna Park (now renamed as Suhrawardy Udyan
The temple was bulldozed by the Pakistan Army
on 27 March 1971 as it commenced its genocide during the Bangladesh Liberation War
Common lore holds it that the temple was established by a Nepalese devotee of the Goddess Kali who had come to Bengal from the Himalayas
. The major development of the temple occurred under the patronage of Rani Bilashmoni Debi
of Bhawal estate
The temple was one of Dhaka city's most prominent landmarks, its tower visible for miles around at a time when Dhaka had yet to embrace the highrise culture. In front of the temple was a large dighi
(pond) which was a popular place for both worshippers and visitors to the park to take a dip and cool down. The architecture of the temple reflected the different styles the many centuries over which it was built.The tower was usually called "shikhara" which should not be confused with minerate of mosque.
Next to the temple was Ma Anandamoyee Ashram
(), another place of worship with a residential complex and sanitation facility. The entire temple complex spanned almost and was situated on the south side of......