Dakhineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata

We were so close yet so far! We were there at the door steps of the temple yet we couldn’t gain entry to temple.

Bad planning! I knew the temple timings well, but what I didn’t anticipate was the long queue of devotees! They were everywhere there… all bathed, wrapped in wet towel, carrying flowers and other offerings for the Goddess. I thought I was early, but 6 in the morning is not early for Kolkata. By its standards we were late!

Had I decided to stand in queue the plan for rest of the day planned for sight seeing in Kolkata would have gone topsy-turvy. Murmuring prayers in my heart I exited the temple after taking a few pictures.


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41 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    what a beautiful structure! i'm sorry you didn't get to go inside!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    It does indeed look like a big celebration! Great captures for the day as always! Thanks for sharing, Indrani, enjoy what remains of your weekend!!

  3. Cloudia says:

    My prayers join yours, Indrani

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  4. What an incredible shot! The reflection of the temple is beautiful.

  5. ladyfi says:

    How colourful! That last shot is lovely!

  6. i'm not surprised about the long queue.

  7. Hilary says:

    What a pity that you couldn't get inside. It's such a colourful scene though. Fine photos.

  8. Maybe this is the way to ensure you visit Kolkata again very soon to go inside the temple 🙂

  9. eileeninmd says:

    Wow, sorry the lines were so long.. It is a beautiful temple. I love the last shot..Have a happy weekend!

  10. B says:

    Oh . maybe you can go some other time when there is not that big a queue..

    lovely pictures

  11. This Amazing place eludes me still. How long did it take for you to have darshan?

  12. Icy BC says:

    Beautiful photos!
    That is a long line at 6:00 AM…

  13. Who'd have thought 6 a.m. was LATE? Well, now you know. :))

  14. Great photos of Dakhineshwar Kali Temple. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Andrea says:

    It looks undergoing a big renovation! But i love your picture of it, i also wish i can visit at least a temple in India. I've just been there once, in Ooty, but there's no temple in the vicinity!

  16. D. Prabhu says:

    Beautiful photos :)Third picture is amazing 🙂

  17. George says:

    I'm sorry you weren't able to get into this beautiful temple.

  18. Thomas Lee says:

    beautiful temple reflction

  19. Never mind Indrani, try again maybe. Such are bodies so wrapped in a religion belief, superb.

  20. Carver says:

    You got some wonderful shots from the outside.

  21. You captured such an amazing image of the temple! I hope you have better luck getting in the next time you visit.

    Visiting from Weekend Reflections.

  22. Wonderful temple and reflection.
    Thanks for stopping by, hope for better luck in the your next visit.


  23. Onkar says:

    Beautiful pictures

  24. A great series of photos and the reflection is amazing!

  25. magiceye says:

    Beautiful captures of the ambiance!

  26. Hari OM
    Oh yes those temple crowds – too many to count!!! The last shot is outstanding. YAM xx

  27. Almost a decade back, I was there and got Darshan fortunately.In fact, I wanted to be there where Sri Ramakrishna did his sadhanas and part his divine knowledge to the devotees..Thanks for sharing!

  28. Wow massive ques indeed. Loved the reflection photograph at the end.Looks very vibrant

  29. Anita says:

    Indrani, Important Templeas & paces of interest always have looong queues. Waiting is tough, at the cost of sightseeing, as you have rightly shared.

  30. The temple pic is amazing Indrani. Six was late….i wonder how early the other devotees queued up for the 'darshan'.

  31. S. Anupam says:

    Wow! Amazing cliks…Incident might help u anticipate better next time 😉

  32. Nice photos….missing pictures of those famous 'lyangchas' …

  33. Beautiful and serene

  34. Wonderful captures of a holy place about which I have read in books 🙂 Nice post Indrani!

  35. beautifully captured..the mood , the vibrancy . great job

  36. @manipurna~ lyancha toh Tarapeeth e .

  37. I had visited this temple. Amazing place. Next time plan properly and have the Darshan of Kali Maa.

  38. How did you manage to get these pics. Photography is not allowed inside. Anyway excellent captures

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