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Kalighat

September 6, 2009

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At Kalighat there were more billboards advertising the political rally we had just left and it was still raining.

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Kalighat was the original temple from which the village of Kolikata took its name, that eventually became the name of the city of Kolkata,

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Close to the Kali temple shops sold offerings or “puja” to take to the Hindu deity, Kali.

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Images of Kali began to appear.

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“As the legend goes, in battle Kali was so much involved in a killing spree that she got carried away and began destroying everything in sight. To stop her, Shiva threw himself under her feet. Shocked at this sight, Kali stuck out her tongue in astonishment, and put an end to her homicidal rampage. Hence the common image of Kali shows her in her mêlée mood, standing with one foot on Shiva’s chest, with her enormous tongue stuck out.”

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We were allowed to go inside the temple but not to take pictures.

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Bill and I walked around the corner.

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We happened on one of Mother Teresa’s charities, the Home for the Dying.

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The surrounding streets were lined with market stalls selling religious artifacts and, as always, sidewalk shrines to Hindu deities.  We walked to the nearest Metro station, Jatin Das Park, got off at Park Street and were home.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 9:47 pm

    Hi Kathryn,

    Thank you so much for showing Calcutta in such great light. Really loves seeing the pictures of our mad-a-polis through your (and Bill’s) eyes.

    Best wishes and hope we get many more tourists such as yourself. You guys made the tour so much more fun.

    Best wishes.

    – Ifte

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