Kalighat temple in Hindu scriptures dating back to the 15th century. Temple priests say a Kali temple existed on the same location in the 15th century. The Tarapith Kali temple in Birbhum district, also a Shakti Peetha, had reopened on the day of Rath Yatra on June.The doors of the famed Kalighat temple in Kolkata were reopened for devotees, nearly 100 days after they were shut in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
1. The decision of the temple authorities in this regard came a month after the West Bengal government allowed the reopening of places of worship from June 1, with adherence to safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
2. In this situation devotees will have to enter the temple compound through sanitizer tunnels installed at the gates where disinfectants will be sprayed on each person for 20 seconds.
3. Ten devotees are being allowed inside the temple premises at a time.
4. The temple will remain open from 6 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 6.30 pm.
5. Devotees will not be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctum of the temple.
6. No devotee will be given ‘charanamrito’ (holy water) or will be allowed to carry flowers inside the temple, he said.
7. The Kalighat temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Legend has it that one of the toes of the goddess’s right leg had fallen at the place on the banks of the Adi Ganga river where the temple stands today.