Mahanad Kali Temple in Chinsurah subdivision of Hooghly district was founded by Krishna Chandra Neogi on the tithi of Krishna Chaturdashi in the day of Ratanti Kali Puja. Ratanti Kali Puja is normally held in the Bengali month of Magh (January-February) ever year.
The temple is nabaratna style of Bengal temple architecture. The temple has undergone renovation.Krishna Chandra Neogi was a zamindar and he had a flourishing business in sugar and wood. He had a dream and after that he made the idol of Goddess Kali from Benaras. Here Maa Kali is called by the name of Brahmamoyee. The idol is made of kosthi pathar (touch stone) and Maa Kali is placed on pancha mundir aashan, which is a meditation seat of five skulls. The puja here is performed according to Tantric rituals.
According to Sri Swapan Kumar Neogi Rani Rashmoni visited this temple in the year 1842-43. This area was a dense forest. Sacrifice is performed here. On the day of Ratanti Kali Puja, a big hom (offerings in the sacred fire) was performed. There is a Shiv linga inside the temple.
The nearest railway station is Pandua in the Howrah-Bardhaman main line. One has to take an auto or a toto to reach the temple. I visited this temple recently and I found the puja-like mood. I found a lot of people waiting to offer puja to the goddess.
Date of posting: 9th June, 2018.