Kankaleshwar Kali Bari Bardhaman
Amalananda , the idle was found in 1323 of bengali year on the banks of river damoder. The idle was examined the by the archeological India, the idles are 700 - 800 year old.
It is said that the idol worshiped here, was found from the bed of river Damodar after the devastating floods of 1923. The black stone idol has eight hands and is a lively denomination of Goddess Kali. Belief is that the idol’s conception was influenced by the concept of “Tantra”.
In Devi Mahatmya, She is one of 8 Matrikas who emerged as ChandikaJayasundara from an eyebrow of goddess Kaushiki, a goddess created from "sheath" of Durga and was assigned the task of eliminating the demons Chanda and Munda, generals of demon kings Shumbha-Nishumbha. After Goddess ChandikaJayasundara had killed Chanda and Munda, and took the slain heads to the goddess, Kaushiki was immensely pleased and bestowed upon her the title of “Chamunda". In a later episode of Devi Mahatmya, Durga created the Matrikas, one of whom is Kali. After Kali had sucked all the blood of the demon Raktabija, She is hailed as Chamunda.
Pandit: S Chokroborty
How to reach:
From the Bardhaman Railway Station, take a bus till Kanchanpara. From there ask for directions to Kankalbari. You will have to walk a lot from there, it is quite a trek away & no rickshaws are available here.
Set in a square courtyard, the small temple has
three tiny rooms – the central one houses the said idol, while the other two
house Shivalingas. The temple is topped by nine spires in tradition Bengali
style of architecture. The front of the temple is profusely decorated with
terracotta panels displaying sages, kings & mendicants.