Best Sightseeing Places in Kalighat
Before planning your Kalighat vacation you should be familiar with where you must
visit during the trip.
Kalighat Kali Temple:
It is a Hindu temple in West Bengal, India devoted to the Hindu goddess 'Kali'. It is
one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Kalighat is the site where the toes of the right foot of
Dakshayani or Sati fell, during the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava. The main temple
in Kalighat displays Goddess Kali with a long golden tongue and is different from her
usual descriptions. It is visited by thousands of devotees every year and considered to
be a religious.
It is a rectangular altar soaring around three feet high bearing a small cactus plant.
Below the tree, on an altar three stones are placed side by side - from left to right in
place of the Goddesses "Sosthi", "Sitola", and "Mongol Chandi". This sacred place is
known as 'Sosthi Tala' or 'Monosha Tala'. It was built by Gobinda Das Mondal. It is to
be noted that all the priests are female here.
A big rectangular covered platform called 'Natmondir' has been erected adjacent to the
main temple, from where the face of the image can be seen. This platform was initially
built by Zamindar Kasinath Roy and has been consequently renovated often.
Jor-bangla is the spacious verandah of the main temple that faces the image directly.
One can see the rituals happening inside the sanctum from the Natmondir through the
It is the spot close to the Natmondir, southwards meant for Bali (sacrifice). There are
two sacrificial altars for animal sacrifices side by side. These are known as Hari- Kath.
The temple is known as 'Shamo-Ray Temple' and is located inside the temple complex.
In the year 1723, a settlement officer of Mushirabad district first erected a separate
temple for Radha-Krishna here. Also, there is a separate kitchen for preparation of
vegetarian Bhog (food offering) for Radha-Krishna.
Best Time for Holidaying in Kalighat
The best time to visit Kolkata is from October to March, when you will conveniently miss
the sweaty, suffocating and humid Bengal summer season. It will be an excellent time
to enjoy sightseeing and other activities. This time would also be ideal to give you the
opportunity to witness the grand celebrations of Durga Puja (the worship of the goddess
of strength that symbolizes good over evil), which is held during the month of October.
So, make your Kalighat trip plan accordingly.
Must Buy Things from Kalighat
Kalighat is mainly a pilgrimage destination where you can buy a number of items
for worshiping. Although, many of the shops of Haridwar is known for selling pilgrim
essentials yet its market have retail outlets selling local handicrafts and much more.
Kalighat is famous for a special kind of painting called 'Kalighat Painting' or Kalighat
Pat that was originated in the 19th century Bengal. It is one of the must buy items of
souvenirs taken by the visitors to this place. Over the time, the painting has developed
as a distinct school of Indian painting, which is the depictions of Hindu gods, goddesses
and other mythological characters, the Kalighat paintings developed to reflect a variety
of themes. You can buy a bunch of a choice of these exclusive paintings from your
Explore Options to Reach Kalighat
Before booking your Kalighat holiday package, you must be aware of the ways to
reach this city. To know more, read on:
The nearest airport to Kalighat is the Kolkata International Airport. It connects to the city
with various domestic flights to the rest of India. You can take buses or hire private taxis
to reach here.
Howrah railway station is the nearest railway station from Kalighat.
Kalighat is connected by good motorable roads to all places in West Bengal. So, choose
any of the modes and enjoy Kalighat travel with ease.