The village of Dakshineswar is the location of a temple devoted to the black goddess
, AKA the Divine Mother
, AKA Ma Kali
, founded by Rani Rasmani
in 1847. Located Northeast of Calcutta
and on the banks of the Hooghly River
, the village is home to both the Kali temple, twelve smaller temples devoted to Shiva
, as well as a temple to Radha
, hospitals, nursing homes, ashrams
and the Dakshineswar Ramkrishna Sangha Adyapeath
Architecturally, it it is an example of Bangla architectural style, with a central dome surrounded by several other smaller towers, all in shining white marble.
The temple at Dakshineswar played a part in the lives of many Hindu holy men, including Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sri Anandamayi Ma, Papaji Swami Ramdas, and Neem Karoli Baba. Millions of pilgrims visit the temple at Dakshineswar every year to "worship the Divine Mother as Ma Bhavatarini Kali (the Savior of the Universe)." (1)
In the U.S., the Ma Dashineswari Kali of Laguna Beach was founded in 1993 by Elizabeth Usha Harding as a way of connecting to the temple at Dakshinewar and the mother goddess from afar.
1) Quoted from the website of the Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach: http://www.kalimandir.org/about_us/about.asp?page=about