Dedicated to “Adya Ma” an incarnation of Kali Mata is a Hindu shrine in West Bengal known as the Adyapith Temple. This “avatar” of Maa Kali is located in a town called Dakshineshwar in the North 24 Parganas district. In addition, to the Maa Kali idol this temple comprises of two more idols which includes Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and that of Radha and Krishna. Furthermore, this temple was constructed by a religious Brahmin called Anand Thakur who was an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner by profession.
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a. Best time to visit the Adyapith Temple
The best time to visit this temple is from October to February during the winter when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Adiyapith Temple
Adyapeath Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest station to this temple is located in Sealdah at a distance of 14 km. The Sealdah Railway Station is well connected to major towns and cities in the state.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata. Bhubaneswar and Kolkata are located in close proximity to Adiyapith Temple.
a. How to reach Adiyapith Temple to Bhubaneswar: The shortest route to reach Adiyapith Temple from Bhubaneswar is via NH16 as depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
b. How to reach Adiyapith Temple from Kolkata : The fastest route from Kolkata to Adiyapith Temple is via 11:39 AM from Dakhineswar and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Adyapith Temple
According to a myth in 1915 the founder of this temple a Bengali Brahmin Anand Thakur happened to envision a dream in which he saw Shri Ramakrishna Paramahansa himself. In the dream apparently Paramahansa instructed him to acquire idol of Adya Ma that was lying near the Eden Garden area. Miraculously on following the instructions Thakur did find the idol of the incarnate of Kali Mata lying exactly in the spot mentioned in the dream. It was this idol that Thkaur brought home and began devoutly worshipping. Furthermore, in another dream Paramahansa told him (Thakur) to immerse the idol, an instruction he followed through again. Impressed by his immense devotion Paramhansa offered him a chance of attaining “Moksha/salvation”. This offer was refused by Thakur as he wanted to carry out welfare work for the poor and the needy. It was then that Paramahansa encouraged him not only to build a temple but also set up a philanthropic organization that would work selflessly for the benefit of the poor. Thus, in this way the temple dedicated to Kali Mata was eventually constructed.
Accommodation – Hotels, Resorts and Home Stays in and around Adyapith Temple :
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