Kolkata: The Dakshineswar Kali Temple was founded around the middle of the 19th century by Dynamic Rani Rashmoni. But it’s not easy task for Rani to build such a temple. If Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was not in there then Kali Temple may be not so world famous. Rani was also received non-cooperation from Brahmin society but she got Ramkumar Chatterjee beside her.
It is said that, on the way to Kashi, Goodness Kali gave instruction to Rasmoni to build a kali temple. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal. More about 9 Lakh was spent to build this temple. Built in the traditional ‘Nava-ratna’ or nine spires style of Bengal architecture, the three-storeyed south-facing temple has nine spires distributed in upper two storeys, and stands on a high platform with a flight of stairs, overall it measures 46 feet (14 m) square and rises over 100 feet (30 m) high.
Rani Rashmoni was a Mahishya by cast and face huge problem to build such temple. 31st May 1855, more than 1 lakh Brahmins were invited from different parts of the country to grace the auspicious occasion amidst the controversy of the Rani being in no position to own a temple and to offer Brahmins to feed since she was of low caste.
Rani Rashmoni being aware of the problem discussed in length with the pundits, but none could solve her problem. Only Ramkumar Chattopadhayay,Sri Ramakrishna’s elder brother suggested that dedicating the temple to a Brahmin could overcome the existing problem.
The temple was dedicated in the name of Rani’s Guru, and Ramkumar, was the head priest, who installed the idol of Kali in the new temple. Within a year he passed away leaving the entire responsibility to his younger brother, Ramakrishna, who during the subsequent thirty years became the seeker of the Goddess Kali.