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Dakshineswar

City : Dakshineswar
Location : Eastern India
Language : Bengali, English, Hindi


Know About Dakshineswar


Dakshineswar is a temple town in North 24 Parganas. It is very near near Kolkata ans many consider it a Kolkata neighbourhood. It is a small place and all the locations of tourist interest are within walking distance from the Railway station or bus stand.



History


In 1847, Rani Rashmoni of Bengal began the construction of the famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple. There is also another famous temple in Dakshineswar - the Adyapeeth

On the West bank of Hoogli River (almost across Dakshineswar), is Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, an association founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1897.

Before the temple was built, the nawabs of Chitpur used to hunt tigers at Dakshineswar.


Geography

It is situated alongside the Vivekananda Setu, in the North 24 Parganas district, north of Calcutta, on the East bank of Hoogli River, is famous for its temples. Dakshineswar is 14 km from Sealdah on the Sealdah-Dankuni section of Eastern Railway



Attraction

Kali Temple
a Hindu temple. There are several other temples in the large complex and a ghat (steps leading to the river) on the bank of the Hooghly River. Beside it you can see the temple of "Radha Gobinda" a famous temple of Lord Krishna and Radha. You will even be able to see the twelve temples of Lord Shiva (The God of destruction).

Nature and bird lovers can visit the temple in the morning to see the beauty of of the sun rising from the lap of The great Ganges speading all over its beautiful pleasant rays on the earth as if speading allover its kingdom. In the temple compound we will be able to see thousands of pigeons looking ahead to be fed by the bird feeders, its really a beautiful scenario which is unforgetable.

The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni between 1847 and 1855. Ramakrishna Paramahamsadev was the head and only priest of this temple from 1856 to 1886. After his death it has been taken over by the West Bengal Government. It attracts thousands of worshippers round the year.



Activities

Boating in the Hooghly. (There is no jetty) You get jetty only in Dakshineswar temple ghat and Belur, you can enjoy a 20-30 minutes boating ride from Dakshineswar temple to Belur Math.

Sunset on the Hooghly river behind the Vivekananda Setu [Vivekananda Bridge] from the bank is superb. In winter you will enjoy the most with the set of dusk and chill wind blowing over your body.



Shopping

Flowers and offerings to the goddess are available in a arcade just outside the temple.
Various items of home worship according to Hindu tradition.
Cheap home decorations and handicrafts.
Different kind of pickles availaable at a very low price.


Cuisine

Many devotees follow the Hindu custom of fasting before worshipping here. There are many small eateries and restaurants catering to a large clientele.

No hard drinks. You only gets "Nimbu Pani" our so called Lime juice drink.

 

 

 

 

Healthcare
North 24 Parganas district has been identified as one of the areas where ground water is affected by arsenic contamination. [4]



Get in

* By train - Dakshineswar is railway station on the Sealdah (in the heart of Kolkata)- Dankuni (on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line) sector. It is 14 km from Sealdah and 10 km from Dankuni. Most local trains specialy Dankuni Local from Sealdah station stop here and some long distance trains such as Darjeeling mail also stop at this station.
* By road - it is connected to Kolkata. One has to travel along Barrackpore Trunk Road, a major artery in north Kolkata, and turn left for Dakshineswar just after Baranagore and before Dunlop rail over bridge. Belghoria fly-over will connect it to Jessore Road and Dum Dum airport. Vivekananda Setu across the Hooghly River at Dakshinewar connects it to , Bally, Uttarpara ans Dankuni on the other bank and on to Grand Trunk Road, Delhi Road, Bombay Road and Durgapur Expressway. A new bridge is under construction. There are many buses from Kolkata, as well from places across the river.

Get around

Cycle rickshaws and Auto Rickshaws are available for local transport.
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