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Temples in West Bengal

West Bengal has been extremely famous among the Hindu devotees largely due to the presence of many famous temple and pilgrimage sites. The immensely popular West Bengal temples like the Dakshineshwar temple or Kalighat Kali temple attract millions of pilgrims, as well as tourists, from different parts of the country, owing to their rich and arresting architectural beauty. Located on the banks of the river Hooghly in Kolkata, the Kalighat temple is one of the famous temples West Bengal, dedicated to Goddess Kali; Goddess Kali is the chief deities of West Bengal and therefore one finds many temples in West Bengal dedicated to this Goddess. The Dakshnishwar Kali temple another famous temples in West Bengal, situated alongside the Vivekanda Bridge to the north of Kolkata, is believed to be the place where the popular Saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa has attained his spiritual vision. The Kalighat Kali temple in Kolkata is considered as one of the 52 Shakti Peethams of India, and these famous temples West Bengal is said to be the place where the toes Shakti or Sati remain fallen. Of all the West Bengal temples and pilgrimage sites, Mayapur is considered to be an important pilgrim center and home to Gaudiya Math an organization for Vaishnavism. It is also the world headquarters for ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness).

There are many temples in West Bengal which are worth mentioning and the following temples in West Bengal remain exclusively popular, like the Bansuli temple, Bakranath Temple, Bhagwati temple, Brindabanchandra temple, Barakar Temple, Bargabhima Temple, Dhirdham temple, Chaitanyadev temple, Hanseswari temple, Dugdheshwar Shiva temple, Ekteswara temple, Kalyaneshwari temple, Jaya Deva temple, Kapil Muni temple among many others.

West Bengal covers a total area of 88,752 square kilometers and a population of 90,310,785. There are many festivals for which many West Bengal temples fall a venue, and are very popular within and outside the state too. Durga Puja during the month of October is an extremely famous festival, along with other festivals like the Poila Baishakh or the Bengali New Year, Rathayatra, Dolyatra or Basanta-Utsab, Nobanno, Poush Parbon (festival of Poush), Kali Puja, SaraswatiPuja, LaxmiPuja. Even Buddha Purnima is also one of the most important festivals in West Bengal.

The capital of West Bengal, Kolkata, is one of the Metropolitan cities after Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore and is also called as the ‘City of Joy’, owing to its rich culture and entertainment. Howrah bridge is the most famous of the bridges in India and been shot in many movies since ages.

Darjeeling is one of most sought after hill stations with luxurious tea estates and brilliant landscapes. Sunderbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is accorded the World Heritage Status by the UNESCO—a haven for nature lovers.

 

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