Kolkata, India Will Win You Over With Its Stunning Temples

Belur Math, West Bengal, India
Belur Math, West Bengal, India. Photo by Shweta L on Unsplash

India is home to more beautiful cities than we can count, and Kolkata is one of those that certainly aren’t getting as much attention as they deserve. The capital of India’s West Bengal state is home to many stunning spots, including its many beautiful temples.

Belur Math

Belur Math serves as the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission and its building does a great job fusing elements of Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, and Christian architecture, symbolizing religious tolerance and harmony.

Kalighat Temple

Another temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, Kalighat is one of Kolkata’s most sacred institutions. It dates all the way back to the 15th century, but the present-day temple started taking shape around the start of the 19th century.

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Safely tucked away on the banks of the Hooghly River, Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is one of Kolkata’s most recognizable attractions. Its nine ornate spheres grace the city’s skyline, and shrines dedicated to different Hindu deities can be found on its premises.

Birla Mandir

This marble Hindu temple is relatively new since it opened its doors in 1996. It was built in honor of several deities, starting with Krishna and Radha, and it will win you over with its show-stopping architecture and intricate carvings.