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Welcome to Kalighat Temple

Kalighat Temple

This 350-year-old temple dedicated to Kali is Kolkata's holiest site, attracting a throng of excited pilgrims every day. You'll need to tip one of the priests in order to get inside through the mêlée of devotees. Goats are ritually slaughtered inside the temple perimeter, and the meat is used to feed the poor. Stalls selling votive items and various artifacts surround the temple. If you want to avoid the worst crowds, then the best days to visit Kalighat Temple are Wednesdays and Thursdays. You are advised to take ample change (in Rs 10 denominations) to tip the various priests and ushers.

Information & Facts

Just off Ashutosh Mukherjee Rd, South Kolkata
Although English is generally used for official and business purposes, Hindi is the official language and is spoken by about 40 percent of the population. Urdu is the language common with the Muslim demographic. India has a total of 22 official languages

The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is impossible to obtain rupees outside India, but no matter what time you arrive in India there will be an exchange office open at the airport. It is illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATMs are not generally available.

Opening Times
Open daily, from 5am to 2pm; and 5pm to 10.30pm
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