Lake Kalibari: Kolkata’s most unique temple offering a great sense of tranquility
Established over 60 years ago by Haripada Chakraborty at the Southern Avenue of Kolkata, Lake Kalibari is a popular religious place originally called Sree Sree 108 Karunamoyee Kalimata Mandir after the deity Karunamoyee. It is managed by the trust and opens on all days from 6 am to 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Ensuring that mankind receives solace, Haripada created the Panchamundi’s Ashan (a seat of five skulls) which is still placed in the temple. A sense of tranquility can be felt at Lake Kalibari which is highly preferred by the devotees.
Haripada Chakraborty had fervent devotion for Maa Kali and spent his time in the spiritual sadhana and was revered as Gurudev by many. He dedicated his entire life to her worship.
The followers of Haripada Chakraborty believe that Maa Kali appeared in a luminous radiance in the thatched hut of Gurudev and thereafter, he designed the seat of five skulls to perform ‘Tantra Kriya’ for the well-being and salvation of mankind.
In the year 1987, out of his numerous disciples, Haripada ultimately chose Sri Nitai Chandra Basu as his competent torchbearer and guided him. Nitai spent 15 years for Haripada’s service and utilized the best sources to form a definitive temple plan with the support of Padmashree Achyut Kanvinde. The temple is still under construction due to a lack of finances. Lake Kalibari is planned to include a community hall for social and religious occasions, conference rooms, and a free medical and help-service center.
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Last modified: January 22, 2021