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Whenever you reach a Hindu Temple, offering a Puja is a must. Last week I visted Dakshineswar Kali Temple. It is just another example of a neat and clean temple of a Hindu Goddess. The first shot of this series is of a "Daalaa". A "Daalaa" is a packet made of leaves with flowers, sweets, scented sticks, sindur put inside. The whole thing is covered up by a piece of fine cloth (normally red). This is offered to the Goddess and later is returned to the devotees to distribute among others.

At Dakshineswar Temple, "daalaa" surely includes a China Rose flower (Jabaa, as is locally known). The "daalaas" are sold from a place called "Dala Arcade" which is found at the right side after you enter the temple premises.

Dakshineshwar in Hooghly district, West Bengal, India is known for its Kaali temple, made famous through its association with Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the spiritual Guru of the religious leader Swami Vivekananda.

Turning towards the left of Dunlop Crossing, a few steps ahead on the P.W.D Road, lies Dakshineshwar Railway Station. Turn towards left after crossing the station and you reach the main archportal of the Temple. Beside the temple, the Vivekananda Setu hangs over the river Ganga quite majestically.

Located in Calcutta, the Kaali temple is of fairly recent origin. The construction of the temple started in 1847. Queen Rasmani the renowned queen of Janbazar, had founded this temple. It is believed that she was instructed by Goddess Kali in her dream to construct this temple.

Across the Hooghly river from Dakshineshwar, on its west bank, is Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission. Following Ramakrishna's passing in 1886, Swami Vivekananda founded the mission.

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