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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
The Kalighat Temple of Calcutta Ram Krishna Mission Temples
The Temples in Burdwan The Temples in Hooghly
The Temples in Twenty four Parganas The Temples in Midnapore
The Temples in Birbhum Ektesvara - Siva Temple
The Temples In Bankura Jain Temples In Purulia
Kapilmuni Temple at Sagar Island A Chinese Temple
The Tibetan Temple At Bhotbagan Kiriteswari   Temple
Bhattamati Temple  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
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Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE KALIGHAT TEMPLE

The liberality of the Sabarna Choudhurys in celebrating Hindu religious festivals will be clear from the following quotation: -

"They (the Savarnas) mention, that it was from the annual holi festival of this very Sham Rai and his spouse Radha, during which a vast quantity of red powder (kum kum) used to be sold and scattered in and around their Cutcherry Tank, the temporary bazaars erected for the occasion that Laldighi, Lalbazar and Radhabazar derive their names.

The old Zamindar of Calcutta further claim, that it was the Hat and Bazaar round their idols and their pucca zamindari Cutcherry west of the tank, that gave Calcutta its original importance and gave rise to the names of Hattola, latterly corrupted into Hatkhola and Burrabazar (Bura being familiar name of Siva) and it were the doles near Kali's temple that attracted a large population and contributed to the reclamation and cultivation of marsh and jungle and that their culverts, landing ghat and roads with a shady avenue of trees on both sides formed the only adornment of Rural Calcutta in its early days."6

The Sabarna Roy Choudhurys by their deep religiosity and liberal charities running through several generations
indirectly gave the shape to Calcutta through the celebrated Kalighat temple. No Hindu paying his first visit to Calcutta ever misses visiting the Kalighat temple. It is the Holy Mother at Kalighat that has spread the cult of Shaktaism throughout Northern India. There is a proverb "Jekhane  Ba Sekhane Kalibari" (Wherever there are
Bengalis, Sekhane Kalibari). The sponsors of the Kali inandirs (temp, at Delhi, Simla, Jaipur and various other places indifferent, parts of India have drawn their inspiration from the Kalighat temple of the Holy Mother.


6 Brahman Itihash in Bengali by Harilal Chattopadhyaya. This very old book is available in National Library, Calcutta. Mr. A. & Roy's Calcutta Census Report.

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