Kalibari, Hyderabad, Telangana
|Architectural style:||Bengali Architecture|
|Major festivals||Kali Pooja, Durga Pooja|
|Address:||Neredmet, Raghavendra Colony, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad, Telangana 500056|
The Hyderabad Kalibari is a Hindu temple located in Vivekanandapuram of Neredmet, Telangana, just 7 km from Secunderabad Railway Station.The presiding deity of the temple is goddess Kali, hence the name Kalibari or Abode of Kali. The temple is famous for its Kali Puja and Durga Puja which is held on October/November of every year during Dusshera and Diwali.Hyderabad Kalibari temple is located at plot number 34-86, at Vivekanandapuram, Near Ammuguda Railway Station, in Sainikpuri in Secunderabad region, in Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana, in South India. It is a modern Hindu temple that graces with unique Bengali Hindu temple architectural style and pattern in this state. It is the most sought after Hindu temple by Bengali communities residing in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundrabad. It is the only temple in this city where poojas, homams and yagnas are performed in Bengali language for the adherent devotees.
Hyderabad Kalibari temple is built in a successful manner as per the Bengali Hindu temple architectural style and pattern. The temple premises have many small sub-temples that are arranged in a religious manner with a lot of perfection. The rajagopuram and other towers or vimhanam are moderate in height in the temple premises. The pillars of this temple’s prayer hall have images of minor Hindu Gods and Goddess depicted in it with attractive carvings. The interior and exterior of the temple is very attractive in a religious manner. The flooring and ceiling of the main sanctum and other temple is beautiful in Bengali style and pattern. The entrance and exist gateway towers are much broad in size. The shire’s architecture is a real wonder for the local devotees who feel like standing amidst the busy street of Kolkatta and visiting a temple of that region.In 1974, a piece of Land measuring about 2000 sq. yds was donated by the late Shree S.Madhusudan Reddy, ex-M.L.C. Malkajgiri a devotee of Ma Kali, to the Hyderabad Kalibari trust for building a Kali Temple. Subsequently, a number of devotees, in particular the late Lala Chowdhury Maman Ram Agarwal, a philanthropist came forward in collecting / offering donations substantially for the construction of the Kalibari at Vivekanandapuram, Secunderabad. The organization started in 1974 and the foundation stone was laid by the Swamy Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the then President of Ramakrishna mission Hyderabad.
On 28 August 1976, an idol of Kalimata, which was made out of a single piece of black stone, was purchased from “Chitpur”, West Bengal, which was in the pattern of Kalimata of Dakshineshwar temple at Kolkata. It was installed by Swamy Ranganathanandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission and the late Raja Sagi Suryanarayana Raju, the then Minister for Endowments, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh was the chief guest on this occasion. The idol sthapana and Pran Pratistha of the goddess was done by the late Sree Gostha Behari Bhattacherjee, Vidyaratna, a famous Tantric priest of famous “Chunagali Kali Temple” of Kolkata. Late Sree A.K.Ganguly, the 1st priest of Hyderabad Kalibari, assisted him in performing the pooja under vedic and tantric ways in accordance with shastrik injunctions.
Swamy Ranganathanandaji Maharaj was approached for guidance. He suggested that the Kalibari should be named as the “Hyderabad Kalibari”. Many devotees visit the holy Kalibari premises in search of solace.
Today Hyderabad Kalibari performs all the festivals related to Bengal, viz. Saraswati puja, Annapurna Puja etc. All Amavasya (new moon) Pujas where Kali is worshipped in the temple. Devotees in large numbers gather on all such occasions. The Kalibari also has a free school for children where Bengali is taught. Also dancing and singing are taught every Sunday. The children take part in the social programmes which happen year round.
Legend / Local stories
Hyderabad Kalibari temple has an idol of Kalimata that is perfectly made out of a single piece of large Black stone, in the right pattern of Kalimata of Dakshineshwar temple located at Calcutta. It was brought from “Chitpur” in the state of West Bengal. It was successfully installed by Swamy Ranganathanandaji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission in 1975. It is to be remembered that the idol sthapana plus Pran Pratistha of the image was in a successful manner done by Late Sree Gostha Behari Bhattacherjee, who was certified as Vidyaratna, a popular Tantric priest of famous “Chunagali Kali Temple” located in Kolkata. At this temple most of the poojas are performed under vedic and tantric manner in accordance with shastrik injunctions. It is to b e highly noted that adherent devotees visit this particular shrine in search of solace. They wholeheartedly pray plus they are immediately blessed by the divine mother. Their wishes and vows are fulfilled in a satisfactory manner in their personal and professional life. Moreover, devotees leave the temple premises with a great sense of heavenly comfort in their mind.
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