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Kalighat Temple – One of the most popular Hindu pilgrim places

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About Kalighat Temple

Located in the capital city of Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal, the Kalighat Temple is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrim places in the country, dedicated to Goddess Kali—an avatar of Goddess Durga.

In Hindu culture, Goddess Kali is considered to be one of the most prominent and powerful deities among the Bengalis, although pilgrims from all over the country visit the temple regardless of their caste and belief in other deities as well.

In its initial years, Kalighat was only a sacred ghat situated right on the old course of Hooghly River, but over the years the river kept moving away, making a different course and as on today, the Kalighat Temple happens to be situated on the banks of a small canal called the Adi Ganga, which also connects to the sacred Hooghly River.

The temple happens to be one among the 51 sacred peethas, where Sati’s body part fell during Lord Shiva’s Tandava. Manikyamba Temple—which happens to be the 12th among the 18 Ashta Dasha Peethas.

According to legend, the story goes like this: Long ago, Sati’s father Daksha made his mind to perform a yaga at his place. For the same, he visited Kailash in order to invite all the gods and goddesses. When he reached out for Lord Shiva, his son in law, the latter was busy in his own musings in a state of trance.

However, unaware of his trance, Daksha misunderstood it for his indifference. As a result, he left the place and returned home without inviting Lord Shiva or his daughter Sati.

Although feeling insulted, being a rooted woman, Sati thought she should pay her father a visit during the event of the sacrifice.

She asked for her husband’s permission for the same, but he told her that she may only face insults after to her parental home and asked her to do what she wished to do.

Sati decided to visit her maiden place for the event, and when she did so, she faced a lot of humiliation from everyone present there and her presence was nothing less than completely unacknowledged.

Deeply hurt and shattered, she thought it was only better to end her life rather than going back to her husband’s place with such an insulted and crestfallen demeanor.

She sacrificed her body and ended up falling dead, shocking everyone. When Lord Shiva came to know about this tragedy, his hysteria knew no bounds and carrying Sati on his shoulders, he performed his

Nobody was able to stop him until Lord Vishnu showed up and in order to put an end to the misery of Lord Shiva on his beloved wife’s death, he sent his chakra forward that cut Sati’s body into several pieces, all of which fell on the holy grounds of the earth at different places. The Kalighat Temple is believed to be one of those places where Sati’s right toe fell.

The temple is always bustling with devotees who actually treat the goddess as their own mother and share their grievances and happiness with her, paying their respect to the deity.

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