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Dhakeshwari Mata Temple, Kumortuli
|Dhakeshwari Mata Temple|
ঢাকেশ্বরী মাতার মন্দির
Original idol in Kumortuli, Kolkata
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Live|
|Elevation||9.14 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. Now, the temple of Kolkata is quite deserted as most of the people are not aware of its historical backdrop and importance.
Hearsay of the idol
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. 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Description of the idol
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. And the mount, lion, is Mythological Lion.
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