The Kali Temple

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The Kali Temple in Dudu, Dudu is a town located 63 kilometers from Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India..

This holy Kali idol is several hundred years old.  There is a lot of rush of visitors to this temple on Saturdays and Sundays. It is therefore best to visit this holy temple on weekdays  (non holidays)

These images of this holy Kali idol are published for the first time.

 

If Kali steps on Shiva with her right foot and holds the sword in her left hand, she is considered to be the form The Dakshina Kali.

 

If the Kali steps out with the left foot and holds the sword in her right hand, she is the terrible form of Mother, The Smashan Kali of the cremation ground. She is worshiped by tantrics, the followers of Tantra, who believe that one's spiritual discipline practiced in a smashan (cremation ground) brings success quickly.

 

Kalighat Kali Temple

Kalighat Kali Temple is a Hindu temple in West Bengal, India dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Kalighat was a Ghat sacred to Kali on the old course of the Hooghly river in the city of Calcutta.

Kalighat is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of India, where the various parts of Sati's body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva's Rudra Tandava. Kalighat represents the site where the toes of the right foot of Dakshayani or Sati fell.

The image of Kali

The image of Kali in this temple is unique. It does not follow the pattern of other Kali images in Bengal. The present idol of touchstone was created by two saints - Atmaram Brahmachari and Brahmananda Giri based on the idol of Mata Bhubaneshwari,[11] the Kula Devi of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. Presently, the three huge eyes, long protruding tongue made of gold and four hands, which all are made of gold too. Two of these hands holding a scimitar and a severed head of the asura king 'Shumbha'. The scimitar signifies Divine Knowledge and the asura (or, human) head signifies human Ego which must be slain by Divine Knowledge in order to attain Moksha. The other two hands are in the abhaya and varada mudras or blessings, which means her initiated devotees (or anyone worshiping her with a true heart) will be saved as she will guide them here and hereafter.

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