Kali Mandir


In 1993, Elizsbeth Usha Harding, author the Kali, the Black Goddess of Dakshineswar, arranged to have a beautiful image of Goddess Kali brought from India and ritually awakened by Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the late main priest of the Dakshineswar Kali temple. He named her Sri Ma Dakshineswari Kali. Devotees who had very little background in the intricacies of India’s temple puja standards gradually adopted this vastly rich devotional tradition one detail at a time—out of a simple love and desire to please Mother. This simple daily worship grew organically into present-day Kali Mandir where devotees can pour forth their hearts’ yearning to the Great Mystery at the center of existence. The primary office of Kali Mandir, a registered non-profit religious organization, is known as Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram. It includes a shrine dedicated to the image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali and a small residential monastery. Located in a private home in a residential neighborhood by monastic priest and devotees, Kali Mandir follows the spiritual ideals of Sri Ramakrishna in the atmosphere of an ashram, keeping the ritual standards of a temple and the intimacy of a home.