Kalighat is considered as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India. Kalighat Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Peethams are the spots where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen when Shiva danced his Rudra Tandava over a fit of rage on losing Sati. Kalighat represents the site where the right foot toes of Shakti or Sati fell. In fact the name Calcutta is said to have been derived from the word Kalighat.
Kalighat Kali Temple is said to be around 200 years old though it has been mentioned in the Mansar Bhasan which was composed in the 15th century, and in Kavi Kankan Chandi of the 17th century. The initial temple was nothing more than a small hut; later on a small temple was constructed through the support of King Manasingha in the early Sixteenth century. The current day temple was erected under the patronage of the Sabarna Roy Chowdhury family of Banisha and was completed in the year 1809.
Kalighat Mandir is one of the most important tourist spots in Bengal and the Government of West Bengal has taken many steps to maintain the heritage of this temple. A few years back an office cum guest accommodation was constructed at the site and this building is currently run by Tourism Development Corporation as a guest house and pilgrims can avail accommodation here at a reasonable cost.
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