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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

There are a number of stories as to the first discovery of the image of Kali that now finds installed in Kalighat temple. One story is that Nearabout the present temple of Kali, a Brahmin used to do his prayers in the midst of thick forest. One evening while reciting the mantras on the banks of Bhagirathi River, he found a ray of light
coming from the bed of the river. In the morning lie found that there was a piece of stone carved like a human toeunder the clear water.

The Brahmin picked it up and worshipped the piece of stone. That night the Brahmin had a dream that the piece of stone was nothing else than the toe of Sati, which had been cut off by the Sudarsan Chakra of Vishnu. This refers to the story of the enraged Shiva going round the world with the dead body of his consort Sati, on his shoulders and lest the Tandav Nritia of Lord Siva destroys the world, Lord Vishnu started cutting off the limbs of Sati; wherever the limbs fell became a Pithas- than or a very great place of pilgrimage. A toe had fallen in the river of Bhagirathi by the side of Kalighat and so Kalighat is a Pithasthan.

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Deity Of Kali at Kalighat Temple, Calcutta
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