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Dakshineshwar in Hooghly district is known for its Kaali temple, made famous through its association with Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the spiritual Guru of the religious leader Swami Vivekananda. Located in Calcutta, nearby is the well known Kalighat temple also dedicated to Kaali.

The Kaali temple is of fairly recent origin (1847), and it is representative of Bangla temple architecture, with a cluster of towers, with a central dome towering above the rest, with a two layered roof - one superimposed on the other,  with four domes in four corners of each, with a corridor with a curvilinear roof in between each pair of domes.

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.