Kalighat Tample - Shakti Pith
Kalighat Shakti Pith is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. It also is considered to be one of the main Shakti Peeths amongst the 4 other situated in India. Kalighat was actually sacred to Kali from long before when it was on the banks of Hoogly River’s old course. In fact, the name Calcutta is said to have been derived from this name “Kalighat.” However, now the temple is now situated on the banks of River Ganga (Adi Ganga) which connects to Hoogly.
This temple is very popular with the devotees and it is not only the Hindus from Kolkata or West Bengal who visit this temple everyday. But, devotees from all over India visit the temple to offer their prayers to Goddess Kali. The temple was actually built years back in 1809 and was again re-built or renovated in the year 1971. Puja is also offered to Nakuleshwar Shiva, who is also also known as Kal Bhairav.
The astounding idol of Goddess Kali inspires hope. So, hundreds and thousands of devotees flock everyday to offer their prayers to their mother. The idol is made of black stone and has been decorated with gold and silver. This idol is a unique one, which is completely different than other Kali idols. It is said that the present idol was created by the two revered saints – Atmaram Giri and Brahmananda Giri.