|I went to the Kalighat temple in Kolkata on January 1, 2010 and saw this woman sitting on the side of the street.
Kalighat is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Kolkata and is very densely populated with a rich history of cultural intermingling with the various foreign incursions into the area over time. The area immediately surrounding the temple is filled with various street vendors, merchants, and beggars whose livelihood all depends on the temple activity.
January 1 was perhaps the wrong time for me to go to the temple as the New Year was an auspicious time to visit and make an offering. As a result, the temple was completely packed and I was almost trampled by a frenzied mob inside making prayers.
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