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„Kolkata, West Bengal, India (Paul Harris)“

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India, West Bengal, Calcutta. Pilgrims visiting Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu temple situated alongside the Vivekananda Bridge north of Calcutta, about 20 km. from BBD Bagh. It is famous for its association with Ramkrishna who achieved spiritual vision here. This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni in 1847. The 12- spired temple with its enormous courtyard is surrounded by 12 other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a world famous place of pilgrimage and it was here that the famous religious thinker Rama Krishna Paramahamsa achieved his spiritual vision and preached the unity of all religions.Kali ('the black one') is the Hindu mother goddess, symbol of dissolution and destruction. She destroys ignorance, maintains the world order, and blesses and frees those who strive for the knowledge of God. In the Vedas the name is associated with Agni the god of fire, who had seven flickering tongues of flame, of which Kali was the black, horrible tongue.

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