Kolkata is one of the must visits for you if you want to know about the religions followed in India. This city of joy is an advocate of the belief ‘unity among diversity’ with its numerous Hindu and Jain temples, lots of mosques and several churches.
Every religion has its own importance in the city and tourists get to know valuable facts while exploring the temples in Kolkata. While the Dakhsineshwar temple and the Belur Math are the must visits, you cannot miss a visit to the old Kalighat temple.
The Laxmi Narayan temple stands as a white beauty in the middle of the city, while a visit to the Pareshnath temple is vital to know about Jainism. Beautifully decorated and well kept, after a trip to the temples of Kolkata, devotees are left with a serene feeling that lasts throughout their life.
Enjoy a pilgrimage tour of the city with our experienced guide.
As a start of our eight hour tour, our representative pick you up from your hotel early morning. We head towards the Dakhsineshwar temple driving through the Howrah and Bali Bridge. Located on the banks of Hooghly River; one of the distributaries of the holy River Ganges, the great Ramkrishna Paramhansa used to worship goddess Kali here as a priest. From here he started his divine preaching and advocated his belief of religious equality. The main temple is known as the Navaratna Temple and is guarded by twelve small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and one dedicated to Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. The simple room of Ramkrishna Paramhansa and his wife, Sarada Devi is also located within the temple premises.
Our next visit is to the Calcutta Jain Temple; also known as the Pareshnath Temple. This temple is dedicated to the tenth Jain thirthankar, Sri Shital Nath Ji. It is a beautiful temple located in the middle of a lush green meadow. The temple consists of glass mosaics, mirrors, colourful stones. There are some European statues painted in silver colour, kept in the garden. This temple is a complex of four temples with a beautiful gateway. Adorned with a stream and flowers, the temple fills your heart with joy and peace. The lamp in this temple is lighted with ghee and never burns out.There is a museum and a greeting room in the main temple complex, which you need to reach by climbing 13 marble staircases.
After a traditional lunch, we resume our tour with a visit to the Kalighat temple. As clear from the name, this temple is dedicated to goddess Kali and is one of the oldest temples of the country, being mentioned even in the 15th century. This temple is located in the middle of the city, in the midst of numerous stalls, selling the necessary puja items and pictures of the goddess as seen in the temple. The temple is designed with floral and peacock motifs; considered to be one of the Shakti peeths of the country.
Now we come to the white marble structure of Birla Mandir of 160 feet height. The temple is built in the same style as the Lingaraja temple of Bhubaneshwar. It is also known as the Laxmi Narayan temple and consists statues of Radha Krishna, Lord Shiva, Ma Sherawali and small shrines exhibiting the avatars of Lord Vishnu. On the walls of the temple you can view the inscriptions from Bhagvad Gita.
After this serene trip, our representative escort you back to your hotel.