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Dhakeshwari Mata Temple
ঢাকেশ্বরী মাতার মন্দির
Dhakeswori Mata (Close View).jpg
Original idol in Kumortuli, Kolkata
Religion
DistrictKolkata District
DeityDhakeshwari
FestivalsDurga Puja
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusLive
Location
LocationKolkata
StateWest Bengal
CountryIndia
Dhakeshwari Mata Temple, Kumortuli is located in India
Dhakeshwari Mata Temple, Kumortuli
Location in India
Geographic coordinates22°36′00″N 88°21′36″E / 22.60000°N 88.36000°E / 22.60000; 88.36000Coordinates: 22°36′00″N 88°21′36″E / 22.60000°N 88.36000°E / 22.60000; 88.36000
Architecture
CreatorDebendranath Chowdhury
Completed1950
Elevation9.14 m (30 ft)
Actually, this Idol was established by Ballal Sen in 12 Century in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During the Partition of Bengal in 1947, the idol was taken to Kolkata in a highly confidential aircraft due to security reason in Dhaka. In Dhakeswari Temple, Dhaka a replica of this idol kept and worshipped.

Dhakeswari Mata Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kumortuli, Near Sovabazar, Kolkata. Situated in eastern bank of hooghly river near Kumartolly area. The presiding deity of the temple is Devi Durga, which was taken to Kolkata in 1947 from Dhakeswari Temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[1] Now, the temple of Kolkata is quite deserted as most of the people are not aware of its historical backdrop and importance.[2]

Hearsay of the idol[edit | edit source]

Widely believed hearsay of the idol is like, Queen (wife of King Bijoy Sen) once went to Langolbond for bathing. On her way back she gave birth to a son, Ballal Sen.[3] Later he became one of the powerful king of Sena destiny. After ascending to the throne, Ballal Sen built a temple to glorify his birthplace, which is known as Dhakeswari temple, Bangladesh.[4]

One day Ballal Sen dreamt that deity of Durga covered under the jungle and very soon he uncovered the deity from there and built a temple, later named for Dhakeswari. Etymological meaning is covered or hidden deity as it was covered in jungle. To Bengali Hindus, Dhakeswari considered as presiding deity of Dhaka, which is an incarnation or form of Goddess Durga, the Adi Shakti. The idol of Durga is called Dhakeswari .[5]

Reestablishment[edit | edit source]

Dhakeswari Mata Temple is located in Kolkata
Dhakeswari Mata Temple
Dhakeswari Mata Temple
Location in Kolkata

In 1947, during the Partition of India, priest of the temple taken the idol to Kolkata from Dhaka due to security reason.[1][6][7]

A Tiwari family from Azamgarh was appointed by the royal family for daily worship of the deity. In 1946, the descendants of that family, Prallad Kishore Tiwari (or Rajendra Kishore Tiwari) taken the idol in a highly confidential aircraft to Calcutta (now Kolkata) and re-appointed, where they still serve the Goddess continuously. After taken to Kolkata, next 2 or 3 years the idol was worshipped in Debendranath Chowdhury home.[1]

By 1950, the businessman Debendranath Chowdhary built the temple of Goddess in Kumortuli area and established some of the Goddess' property for her daily services.[1]

The Dhakeshwari devi worship is different from the traditional Durga puja of Bengal. According to the current priest of the temple, Shaktiprasad Ghosal, during Durga Puja, the goddess is worshiped in accordance with the Navratri or nine night rituals of Northern India.[1]

Description of the idol[edit | edit source]

The idol is 1.5 feet tall, has ten arms, mounted on her lion in the form of Katyani Mahishasurmardini Durga. On her two sides are Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh.[1] And the mount, lion, is Mythological Lion.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "কলকাতার কড়চা". anandabazar.com. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  2. Daniyal, Shoaib. "Bangladesh's most important Hindu temple has been witness to a tumultuous past". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. "TEMPLE AND A CITY". The Daily Star. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  4. "Millennium-old Hindu temple discovered in Bangladesh". The Hindu. PTI. 2015-05-16. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  5. "ঢাকেশ্বরী মন্দির, ঢাকা - আদার ব্যাপারী". আদার ব্যাপারী. 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  6. "ঢাকেশ্বরী মন্দির - বাংলাপিডিয়া". bn.banglapedia.org (in Bengali). Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  7. "Dhakeshwari Temple, Dhaka". Places of Peace and Power. Retrieved 3 November 2018.


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