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.