Dhakeshwari Temple, Dhaka City

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Witness the rich history of Dhakeshwari Temple in the center of the city, where modern architecture meets an ancient religion. Outside the main building, see the sacred altar where people pay "puja" (worship) to the goddess Durga. Inside the complex, temples reflect an eclectic mix of architectural styles thanks to being built at different times, as well as various renovations throughout the complex's history. It's widely believed that the main temple was built in the 12th century, although this remains unconfirmed, with some even assuming the Hindu temple used to be a Buddhist pagoda. See the tombs of some saints, as well as the magnificent goddess statue, as you explore the main temple's interior. To visit Dhakeshwari Temple and get the most from your holiday in Dhaka City, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dhaka City journey planner.
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  • Honestly I think, apart for religious reasons, does not justify a trip intended to visit. If you pass around just to take a look
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  • We are a big company went to Dakishvari Temple. This is an amazing place. A lot of people go there regularly comes to bow to the goddess of the city of Dhaka. I advise you all to visit this place.
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  • Dhakeshwari National Temple is a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is state-owned, giving it the distinction of being Bangladesh's 'National Temple'. The name "Dhakeshwari" means "Goddess of Dhaka".
  • A crowdy place. At the time of puja(religious ritual), it becomes a place of fun anand joy. Many people visit there. Young people enjoy their time by visiting. Foods are available, but the roads are narrow, traffic jam is an obvious. No parking facilities is available.
  • Dhakeshwari National Temple is a popular and well known hindu temple in Dhaka city. The name “Dhakeshwari” means “Goddess of Dhaka.” It is declared as a national temple of the country by the Government in 1996. It is located in Old Dhaka, about 01 km north of Lalbagh Fort and beside the southwest corner of Sir Salimillah hall of Dhaka University. Every year the Hindu peoples are celebrate their biggest festival "Durga puja" here. Peoples are come here from all over the country to take a part of this biggest celebration.
  • Dhakeshwari Temple is located at Orphanage Road near Bakshi Bazar area in Old Dhaka. It’s one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bangladesh and a historical site also. According to historian, the temple was built in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, a king of the Sena Dynasty. The name Dhakeshwari means Goddess of Dhaka. It’s the most important Hindu place of worship in the country and Government declared as National Temple. Anyone can visit there although it’s a Hindu temple and can observe some attractive infrastructure with idols. It’s a nice clean, calm and cool place to visit in old part of Dhaka. One should plan to visit other nearby attractions and have their meals in famous restaurants in the area during their visit to the area.
  • Dhakeshwari National Temple is a Hindu temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is state-owned, giving it the distinction of being Bangladesh's 'National Temple'. The name "Dhakeshwari" (ঢাকেশ্বরী Ðhakeshshori) means "Goddess of Dhaka". Since the destruction of Ramna Kali Mandir in 1971 by the Pakistan Army during the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Dhakeshwari Temple has assumed status as the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh. The Dhakeshwari temple was built in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, a king of the Sena dynasty, andit is said that the city was named after the Goddess. The current architectural style of the temple cannot be dated to that period because of the numerous repairs, renovations and rebuilding which have taken place over time. It is considered an essential part of Dhaka's cultural heritage. Many researchers[who?] believe that the temple is also one of the Shakti Peethas, where the jewel from the crown of the Goddess Sati had fallen. Although there is not enough historical context to establish this as a fact, researchers have been directed to this site while trying to locate the particular Shakti Peetha. Since ages, the temple has been held in great importance. The original 800-year-old statue was taken to Kumartuli, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The presiding deity here is the replica of original idol. During the partition of India, she was brought to kolkata from Dhaka with millions of refugees. By 1950, the businessman Debendranath Chaudhary built the temple of Goddess in Kumortuli area and established some of the Goddess' property for her daily services.The idol is 1.5 feet tall, having has ten arms , mounted on her lion in the form of Katyani Mahishasurmardini Durga .On her two sides we find Laxmi, Saraswati ,Kartik and Ganesh.A Tiwari family from Azamgarh was appointed by the royal family for daily worship of the deity . In 1946, the descendants of that family came to Calcutta and were re-appointed, where they still serve the Goddess continuously. The Dhakeshwari devi worship is different from the traditional Durga puja of Bengal. According to the current priest of the temple, Shaktiprasad Ghosal,during Durga Puja, the goddess is worshiped in accordance with the navratri or nine night rituals of northern India.Now ,the temple of kolkata is quite deserted as most of the people are not aware of its historical backdrop and importance.However, the Dhaka Temple is full of devotees all the time .The Indian Prime Minister,Shri Narendra Modi visited her Dhaka Dhakeshwari temple and worshipped her on his Bangladesh visit .The Dhaka temple was further damaged during the Muslim mob attacks of 1989–90.

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