Kalighat Kali Temple, Kolkata | Timings, Location – Full Details

Kalighat kali Temple, Kolkata

The Kalighat Kali Temple is one of India’s 51 Shakti Peethas, where the little finger of Devi Sati’s right foot fell during Lord Shiva’s destructive dance (Tandav), according to Hindu literature. Some historical reports date it back to the 15th century, while some believe it is even older, but the true origins of Kalighat Temple are unknown.

The Sabarna Roy Chowdhury family, a prominent name in Kolkataโ€™s history, sponsored the construction of the Kalighat Templeโ€™s current structure in the 19th century, specifically in 1809. Although the current edifice dates back to the 19th century, documents from the 15th century reference an earlier structure.

Kalighat Kali Temple Timings:

The Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata welcomes visitors during the following hours:

  • Morning: 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Evening: 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM

The times are consistent throughout the week, making it accessible for both pilgrims and visitors to visit this precious location. For a more relaxing experience, arrive early in the morning or late in the evening.

Kalighat Kali Temple Location:

Check out the map given below for a better understanding of the Kalighat Kali Temple.

Kalighat Kali Temple Photo Gallery

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Things to See Inside Kalighat Kali Temple Kolkata


Natmandir is a massive rectangular verandah placed next to the main temple structure. Zamindar Kashinath Roy commissioned the natmandir in 1835. When one goes up to the natmandir, he or she may plainly view the face of the Goddess’ picture. The building undergoes periodic renovations.

Jor Bangla

Jor Bangla is the main temple’s platform or verandah, located just beyond the sanctum sanctorum. Apart from the natmandir, this platform provides a view of the rites performed inside the Garbha Griha.

Sosthi Tala

Worshippers use the three-foot-high rectangular platform known as the sosti tala as an altar for three stone monuments. These monuments represent and honor the three Goddesses: Sosti, Shitala, and Mangal Chandi, who are considered incarnations of Goddess Kali herself. Gobinda Das Mondal created the Sosti Tala altar in 1880. The location is thought to be the samadhi site of Brahmananda Giri.ย Sometimes the area is referred to as Monosha tala rather than Sosti tala.

Harkath Tala

Harkath Tala is located near to Natmandir on the southern side. Bali, or animal sacrifices, are performed mostly at this location. There are two wooden bali-peeths for doing animal sacrifices. The larger altar is for sacrificing bigger animals like buffaloes, and the smaller altar is for smaller animals like goats. A single strike slaughters the animals.

Radha-Krishna Temple

Locals refer to this temple as the Shamo-Ray Temple, and it is located inside the temple grounds to the west of the main temple. In the year 1723, a settlement official from Murshidabad established a separate temple for Radha Krishnan. Later, in 1843, a zamindar called Uday Narayan Mondal erected a new temple construction (the current temple structure) on the same site, while Madan Koley of Saha Nagar constructed the existing Dolmanco in 1858.

Nakuleshwar Mahadev Temple

The Nakuleshwar Mahadev Temple honors Lord Shiva, the spouse of Goddess Kali. This temple is located on the other lane from the temple, directly behind the police station. The temple is on Haldar Para Lane.

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How to Reach Kalighat Kali Temple Kolkata

  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. You can hire a taxi to reach the templeโ€‹ from there.
  • By Metro: The closest metro stations around the temple are Jatin Das Park and Kalighat. Kalighat station is just 10-minute walk from the templeโ€‹.
  • By Bus: All buses going to south Kolkata pass through Shyam Prasad Mukherjee Road. You can get down at the Kalighat (Kalighat Tram Depot) bus stop and walk down Kali Temple Road to the templeโ€‹.
  • By Taxi or Auto: Taxis and auto-rickshaws are readily available from any part of the city.

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June 12, 2024
Santu Chakraborty

Author: Santu Chakraborty

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