6 Little-Known Temples in Kolkata

Each one is a heritage treasure

Did you know among its many splendours, Kolkata is home to several magnificent temples. They offer a wonderful blend of architectural beauty and spiritual significance, making them a must-visit when exploring the City of Joy.

Kolkata’s Temple Trail

You may know about famous temples like Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Belur Math, Kalighat Kali Temple and Birla Mandir. Team TS helps you explore Kolkata’s spiritual side while learning the fascinating tales and amazing architectural feats that each temple is dedicated to.

Adyapeath Mandir

This temple is dedicated to Adya Shakti, Goddess Kali, also the presiding deity of the temple. It’s such a special place! Sri Anandamoyi Ma, an esteemed spiritual leader and saint, founded this temple back in 1954. The main shrine of Adyapeath Temple houses a stunning marble idol of Goddess Kali. When you enter the shrine, you’ll be in awe of the beauty and grandeur of this magnificent statue. Made of immaculate white marble, it is really three temples nestled inside one another. 

Why It’s Unique: It is unusual indeed to find a single temple combining the worship of Kali (in the form of Adya Maa) and Radha-Krishna, deities that are usually worshipped by two different sects of Hindus. However, the Adyapeath temple erases the boundaries of sect or creed, revealing that God is One.

Inside the temple, you’ll also get to offer your prayers to other deities such as Lord Shiva, Ganesh, and Saraswati. The surroundings exude a serene and tranquil atmosphere, perfect for meditation and self-reflection.

50, DD Mondal Ghat Road, near Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700076

Taraknath Mandir

Bansdroni’s Taraknath Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the Shivling, which is the central object of worship. Taraknath Mandir holds immense significance, especially during the month of Shravan (July-August) which is the most auspicious time for Lord Shiva’s worship.

The temple complex has other smaller shrines dedicated to various deities such as Ganesha, Kali, and Hanuman. A sacred pond called Dudhpukur lies adjacent to the temple. Here, you can take holy dips as part of your religious practice.

Picture courtesy: West Bengal Tourism

The temple hosts various festivals and cultural events, especially during Maha Shivaratri. This place becomes a hub of devotional singing, recitations, and religious discourses during such occasions. The architecture of the temple reflects the traditional Bengali style, with intricate terracotta carvings on the walls depicting various mythological scenes.

Need a place to stay? No worries! The temple premises offer accommodation facilities. Plus, you’ll find plenty of shops and stalls brimming with religious items to take home as souvenirs.

2-hour drive from Kolkata

Pareshnath Jain Temple

This temple in Kolkata serves as a place of community gathering, and spiritual enlightenment for Jains and anyone interested in Jain philosophy. In the main shrine, you’ll find a magnificent idol of Lord Parshvanath. As you enter the temple complex, your eyes will be drawn to the multiple spires that adorn the landscape dedicated to other Tirthankaras and deities of the Jain faith as well.

This temple features a blend of traditional architecture with modern elements. When festivals and special occasions roll around, this place truly comes alive with even more beauty and vibrancy. The complex boasts multiple spires, intricate carvings, and decorative motifs that showcase the rich art and symbolism of Jain culture. Beyond its architectural marvels, the temple actively contributes to social welfare initiatives. They offer educational scholarships, healthcare services, and support to underprivileged sections of society, spreading kindness and making a positive impact in the community.

11/A Heysham Road Near Elgin Road Forum Mall, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700020 India

Thanthania Kalibari

Thanthania Kalibari dates back to the early 19th century, which is when a group of devout Brahmin families established the temple in the Thanthania area of Kolkata. The temple’s architecture follows the traditional Bengal style, with intricate designs and carvings adorning its walls. But the real gem lies inside the main sanctum of the temple. That’s where you’ll find the idol of Kali Maa, and let me tell you, it’s a sight to behold! The idol is lovingly adorned with flowers and ornaments, adding to its divine beauty.

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The temple premises come alive with decorations, artistic lighting, and grand festivities during Durga Puja. You should definitely visit this temple to witness the beautifully crafted idols of Goddess Durga and her divine entourage. In addition to Durga Puja, the temple also celebrates other major Hindu festivals such as Kali Puja and Navaratri and special rituals, cultural programs, and devotional music performances are organized to mark these occasions.

Bidhan Sarani Rd, College Street Market, Machuabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007

Ramakrishna Math

Situated in Baranagar, this Math is dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, a famous saint and philosopher. The main shrine of Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar houses an altar with the sacred relics of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda. It holds regular worship, meditation sessions, and spiritual discourses. This math commemorates a number of significant religious festivals throughout the year, including Swami Vivekananda, Maa Sarada Devi, and Sri Ramakrishna’s birthday.

It’s a welcoming haven where you can find peace, inspiration, and a deeper connection with spirituality. Pay a visit to this temple if you are seeking solace and spiritual guidance.

125/1, Pramanick Ghat Road, Kutighat, Kolkata – 700 036, 125/1, Pramanick Ghat Road, Kutighat, Baranagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700036

Rani Rashmoni Mandir

We would say this is one of the beautiful temples in Kolkata. This temple is located in the bylanes of Chitpur. This place got its name after Rani Rashmoni who played a significant role in the construction of this temple. The main sanctum of the temple houses the idol of Goddess Kali, adorned with flowers and jewelry. The architecture of Rani Rashmoni Mandir is a blend of traditional Bengali and European styles.

Rani Rashmoni Mandir holds a significant place in Kolkata’s religious and cultural landscape. It serves as a symbol of devotion and social service. They host various cultural events throughout the year. So, if you find yourself exploring the vibrant city of Kolkata, make sure to carve out some time to visit Rani Rashmoni Mandir. You’ll be immersed in the history, spirituality, and architectural wonders that make this temple truly unforgettable.

H974+28C, 20A, Esplanade, Janbazar, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700013

Exploring these spiritual places is a pleasant experience, whether you’re looking for peace of mind or cultural enlightenment. For a spiritually revived and culturally enriching experience, make sure you visit these lesser-known temples when you are in the City of Joy.

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