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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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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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comments (40)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Feb 2010, 00:14
A lovely place, Charles.

Something about the structure reminds me of Legoland.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 00:47
OMG, what an outstanding capture. Have you featured the whole temple?
what a wonderful coloured building, now i know where lego bricks came from
Superb...color, light, detail, focus, focal length, not a bit of distortion...Superb
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 4 Feb 2010, 02:05
The hugeness of the temple is so high and one single frame is not enough for it. But I must say, you have presented it really very well.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Feb 2010, 02:12
Wonderful detail
amazing - looks as if it is made of Lego smile great shot!
My immediate thought was not of Legos, but of the top tier of a wedding cake! This is a wonderful capture!
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 04:51
amazing temple images!! beautiful stature and designs!!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 4 Feb 2010, 05:28
Wow...that is a nice temple! Very elaborate !
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 4 Feb 2010, 06:28
Love the detail and colour Charles
  • Oscar
  • spain
  • 4 Feb 2010, 06:52
Nice frame, and good light
  • tede
  • France
  • 4 Feb 2010, 07:24
Hello, I am amazed by the beauty of this temple special shot! Good day.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Feb 2010, 07:37
Stunning architecture, Charles and a fine capture, too.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Feb 2010, 07:41
Not only is thisvery ornamenttal Charles - it is so clean too!
This temple is superb. It looks so pristine and the colour is a delight.
Amazing textural feel. Great colours... beautiful to look at.

richard
beautifuL!!!
beautifuL!!!
Stupendous building and great detail, but it troubles me that the ultimate pinnacle is missing.
Great travel pic, charles - wonderful detail! It's like a marzipan castle smile
What a wonderful building Charles, it is almost like being on a voyage of discovery with you.
Great detail again Charles.
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 13:57
Nice place. Great detail.
Wow, this is an amazing building, great detail.
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 4 Feb 2010, 14:58
What an amazing trip, thank you for sharing! I love the texture and design found in this temple
  • jasp
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Feb 2010, 15:03
So sharp i is almost unreal.
The sharp detail here is incredible, Charles. It does remind one of wonderful piece of confectionery. Love it and would really like to see the rest of the structure.
  • Simon Boyle
  • Scotland
  • 4 Feb 2010, 16:57
Yes that truly is a sight to behold and very well captured the colour and sharpness are fantastic
Regards
Simon
great framing - I prefer not to cut the end of the roof
Again an impressive architecture!
I suppose you voluntarily cut the top of the building because it is an object located very ugly? ..
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Feb 2010, 18:39
So sharp, so beautiful, great colours, Ray is right, Legoland does look like this.
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 4 Feb 2010, 19:29
What an amazing building.
  • Zhu
  • Canada
  • 5 Feb 2010, 02:41
The roof is very interesting. So much details!
  • crash
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2010, 12:53
would love to walk to the top and take a few pics looking down!
Charles Dastodd: I know! Unfortunately no cameras are allowed in any of the compounds. Everything has to be taken from a distance.
I love India's rich culture. nice focus on details Charles. I really hope I could visit this magical country and witness it for myself.
Outstanding piece of architecture - great shot
Vraiment magnifique ! la pr├ęcision des d├ętails et les couleurs sont exceptionnels....Merci pour ton passage sur mon blog...

Very beautiful ....
thank you for showing me this wonder! great shot,Charles! smile
  • belen
  • Sweden
  • 5 Mar 2010, 18:13
Beautiful it looks like a postcard

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