The Kalighat temple in its present form is only about 200 years old, although it has been referred to in Mansar Bhasan composed in the 15th century, and in Kavi Kankan Chandi of the 17th century.

Only two types of coins of Chandragupta II, who incorporated Vanga in the Gupta Empire, are known from Bengal. His Archer type coins, which became the most popular type of coinage with the Gupta rulers after Kumaragupta I, have been found in Kalighat. This is evidence of the antiquity of the place.

The original temple was a small hut. A small temple was constructed by King Manasingha in the early Sixteenth century. The present temple was erected under the patronage of the Sabarna Roy Chowdhury family of Banisha. It was completed in 1809. The Haldar family claims to be the original owners of the temple property. But this was disputed by the Chowdhrys of Banisha. In the nineteen sixties a committee was formed for the administrative management of the temple with representation from the Government and the Haldar family.

It is necessary to know the history of the temple to understand the practices which are prevalent today. There is a complex organization involving Sevaiyats, Phaledars, Mishras, and Sathi Brahmins.

The Government of West Bengal has taken a lot of interest in improving the temple which is also one of the biggest tourist attractions. They have sanctioned funds for improving the temple. An office cum guest accommodation was constructed at a huge cost some years back. The building is now being run by the Tourism Development corporation as a guest house. Accommodation is available for pilgrims here

Some Devotees have approached the courts over the years for improving the temple. The courts have taken a keen interest in improving the temple. New construction is continuing inside the temple and a lot of improvements have been brought about.

Photo Gallery

The Photo gallery has been totally revamped. It has now photographs of Smasana Kali Puja at Keoratala (Kalighat) Burning Ghat, Krishna Kali at Keoratala (Kalighat) Burning Ghat, Cuttack Chandi in different rupas and Kali Puja in Kalighat. Please view the Gallery.

Please read the page PRECAUTIONS. This contains suggestions to make your visit to the temple a worthwhile and pleasant experience.