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Dakshineswar information

Opening hours
6.30am-noon & 3-8.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

The heart of this vibrant riverside complex is a cream-and-red 1847 Kali Temple shaped like an Indian Sacré-Coeur. The site is where Ramakrishna started his remarkable spiritual journey, and his small room in the outer northwest corner of the temple precinct is now a place of special meditative reverence.

A metro extension is under construction. Meanwhile Dakshineswar train station, 400m south of the temple has roughly hourly suburban train services from Sealdah (20 minutes) and is the terminus of bus DN9/1 from Dum Dum metro (₹5). Uncovered boats to Belur Math (per passenger/boat ₹8/240, 20 minutes) leave when full from the temples’ tree-shaded riverbank. Bring a hat or umbrella.