Kalyaneswari Temple is located at Kalyaneshwari in the Asansol subdivision of the Bardhaman district of West Bengal. It is one famous place of sight-seeing in the city of Asansol. This ancient temple is situated on the banks of the might River Baraker, which outlines the Bengal-Jharkhand border. This place is about 20 km from Asansol and very near to the Maithon Dam. There are regular bus services available from Asansol, Durgapur and Dhanbad to this place of worship.
History of Kalyaneswari Temple
The temple is at all times flooded with devotees from around the country. These women visit this place that travel from far off places, pleading and offering prayers to reinstate their infertility.
The Goddess Kalyaneshwari is alleged to fulfil the prayers of unfruitful women. It is believed that a visit to Kalyaneshwari Temple proves very rewarding for them and they are often granted their yearning for a child when prayed with all hearts to the deity.
Legends around Kalyaneswari Temple
Another legend has it that once there was a delay in offering food to the goddess by a faithful priest who used to worship and perform puja regularly in the temple. He had left his daughter with some incomplete rituals on the temple and had gone for arranging the bhog.
But when he returned he found that the goddess has killed his daughter and agreed to take her as a sacrifice. The priest was very shaken who condemned the deity for her thoughtlessness towards his faithful dedication. On this the goddess apologized for her mistake and blessed the priest with another child. The goddess also promised to bless all the unfruitful ladies who stopover this place of worship and pray with great devotion and pious mind.
Historical legends also say that this temple was the dwelling of dacoits of dense forest. In the remote past, those dacoits used to kill humans and offer them as sacrifice to the Goddess. Animal sacrifice is a custom here that is still followed till date.
Kalyaneswari Temple and its Surroundings
Kalyaneswari Temple and Near-by Places
The dam is only a 10 mins journey from the temple location. This makes a good one day sightseeing trip with family and friends when in Asansol. During the peak seasons, the area is out of bounds with the excessive rush of picnic goers.
It is visited by thousands of tourists every year. A lot of people who stays in the nearby locations also visit the temple on an on a daily basis.