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Raksha Kali Temple

Sri Sri Raksha Kali Mandir (শ্রী শ্রী রক্ষাকালী মন্দির) is situated in Shakhari Bajar (শাঁখারিবাজার) of old Dhaka. It is the most popular temple of old Dhaka and one of the major Hindu temples of Bangladesh.

This form of Kali is popularly worshipped in Bengal for protection against epidemics and drought (Raksha = protection/to protect).

The Hindu temples are one of the major attractions of Shankhari Bazar. There are many temples on this narrow street. Over the ages, Shankhari Bazaar has been elevated to the level of the most popular centre for religious festivities. As one of the most densely populated areas in the world Shankhari Bazaar also has the largest concentration of the Hindus in Dhaka. The temples are small in size but well decorated with ornamental motifs on the entrance and on the walls of the temples. The temples contain the statue of goddess Durga, Ganesha, Shiva etc. Durga Puja is the major festival of Hindu people. During Durga puja, people gathers in Shankhari Bazaar to worship and view goddess Durga. Besides Hindu, Muslims also attend the Puja. In Durga puja, Shankhari Bazaar looks quite nice because of colourful feston, banner etc. Small and temporary food shops are also built during Durga puja. People from different places come to Shankhari Bazaar to see the Puja.

Source: Wikipedia & Google

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