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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
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE KALIGHAT TEMPLE

Santosh Roy Choudhurys started building the famous temple of Kali the presiding deity of Shakti at Kalighat. He, however, could not complete the construction work. After the death of Santosh his son Ram Lal and nephew Rajib Lochan completed the construction of Kalighat temple in 1809. But it has to be mentioned that long before the construction of the temple, there must have been an image near about the place, which had attracted thousands of worshippers. Several legends suggest this.

By the middle of the 18th century Kalighat was a very well known place. Mansur Bhasan by Bipradas composed near about 1495 A.D. refers to the popular and widely known story of the merchant Chand Saudagar who used to take out his cargo- laden boats from Bhagalpur to various places in Bengal including Nadia, Tribeni, Saptagram, Hooghly, Bhatpara, Mahesh, Chitpur, Calcutta and Kalighat. Mansur Bliasan mentions Kalighat separately from Calcutta. That will mean Kalighat had already come to be known on its own rights. Kavi Kankan Chandi composed in the last quarter of the 16th century has also reference to Kalighat.

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