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MA OF CULCUTTA
Prime seat of Sakteism
famous Kali temple is built on the bank of Bhagirathi at' Kalighat, one of the
busiest centers in the metropolitan Calcutta. It lies surrounded by big
buildings on all sides with shopping arcades in front. The plinth area of the
main mandir rises about three feet' from the ground and has flights of steps on
all sides. The huge image of Mother Kali is installed on a broad pedestal in a
hollow depression of about 10 feet below the surface. The image in standing
posture is gigantic is size. And is draped in red dress. She had three eyes. It
reveals in rudrarupa. The potent weapons held in hands and frightful visage with
broad eyes and sharp incisors strike terror. The garbha griha is quite big in
size and has broad flight of steps to reach the feet of the Mother for worship.
Normally the devotees offer prayers at the dwara itself. The unmanageable crowds
almost from mom to night speak the unprecedented popularity of this saktipitha.
There are mini shrines for Lord Siva, I Ganesh etc., around the main mandir.