|The Dakshineswar Kali Temple, which sits just north of Kolkata along the Hooghly River is a sight to behold. The temple was built in 1855 - still a relatively modern structure. The main temple, which you see here, reaches 100 feet in height and has 9 different towers. The temple was built in the terracotta style of West Bengal temples.
The main deity of this temple is the Hindu goddess Kali. Here she is worshiped in her incarnation as Bhavatarini, whose name literally means, "She who takes Her devotees across the ocean of existence". Kali is a very important deity for West Bengal and for all of India.
My visit to Dakshineswar was probably the highlight of my trip. It was here that I took the boat ride along the Hooghly and saw the amazing ghats that line the mighty river. From Dakshineswar we traveled down to the Belur Math temple and back again.
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