- THE SEAT OF KALIMA
the premier metropolitan city of the state of Bengal, and the erstwhile capital
of British India has a very long tale I about the Sakti cult. And even the very
origin of its name rooted' in the dim past affords a fascinating reading. It is
derived from Kalighat, where the celebrated shrine of Goddess Kali has been
lying since time immemorial. Another version attributes its derivation to
Kilkilaa. Yet, there is another Kalikartta, strangely making a hint' that the
income of the Village of that name was exclusively used for the worship of Kali.
It is one of the Sakthipithas enshrining the image of Kali in her fiercest
aspect-revealed with garlands of severed human heads around her neck; hanging
long, broad dripping tongue, sharp white incisors, long flowing unbraided hair,
and dreadful dark-hued complexion. The installation of this archamurthi has a
to one version, the statue was installed first by the Roy Choudrys, the renowned
Zamindars of Barisa district of 24 parganas.