Kalyaneshwari Temple, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal
|Locale:||Kalyaneshwari, Maithan Asansol|
Kalyaneshwari temple is one of the most revered sights around Asansol. Located at the bank of River Barakar which is situated in the Bardhaman district of west Bengal, this temple is often known for its legends. While the original temple existed from a time which is unknown, the recent structure was built by Raja of Panchkot during the 3rd century BC.
With a simple structure the temple is built on the mound which contains the deity of the goddess. This forms the garbhagriha of the temple. Because of its strange look the deity is covered with a red cloth which shows the right hand of the little child. Surrounded with some ancient frescoes the temple is always flooded with devotees who travel from far off places to reach the temple and offer their homage to the goddess. Though originally located at the bank of River Barakar this temple is now surrounded with some local shops as the river has changed its course to a great extent.
The temple is surrounded with the most picturesque site of Maithan dam which is built on River Barakar. While the original temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali in the form of Maa Kalyaneshwari, its original structure was built by Maharaja Hari Gupt who was fleeing from the Kushans. This was later on renovated by king of Panchkota some five centuries ago.
Legend / Local stories
Kalyaneshwari is a 500-year-old centre of Shakti worship. Legend has it that human sacrifices were offered at Kalyaneshwari in the remote past. The present temple, however, is not very old and was constructed by the Panchkot Raj. The temple of Goddess Kalyaneshwari is believed to fulfill the wishes of childless women.
How to Reach:
By Road: The temple is situated in Asansol, Bardhaman district of the Indian state of Kolata. It is 181 km from Ranchi, 231 km from Kolkata and 297 km from Patna and is quite close to the Barakar railway station.
By Air: The Temple can be reached through nearest Ranchi Airport (181 Km) which is well connected with regular domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai.