The Kalighat temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is one of India's most venerated and visited daily by thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. And one of the main attractions of the city of Calcutta. Originally built on the homonymous ghats of the river Hoogly, now sits on the banks of a small canal called Adi Ganga. It is not known exactly when it was built, probably around 1500, but became an important temple in 1800 when the family Sabarna Roy Choudhury, who at that time reigned in Bengal, decided to build a large new building.
The idol of the Goddess is unique, with large orange eyes and tongue and arms of gold. Inside there is an area dedicated to sacrifice of animals, called Hari-Kath, with two altars for animals smaller and bigger ones. The mythological tale indicates this place as the spot where Lord Shiva fell the big toe of the goddess Sati, whose body Vishnu had dismembered in an attempt to stop the cosmic dance that Shiva had started at the sight of his dead partner.
Kalighat Kali Temple, is a complex of temples visited daily by throngs of pilgrims who make traffic jams at the entrance. Assuming you manage to get inside the fence, however, you can not gain access to the inner sanctum that houses the image of the goddess as reserved only for Hindus. Even today, are practiced animal sacrifices that are slaughtered every day in honor of the goddess in the courtyard.