Dhakeshwari Temple, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhakeshwari Temple is located in Dhakeshwari Road, old Dhaka City, Bangladesh. This temple is very famous for its cultural and historical value. The temple was built by Ballan Sen, the king of the Sena dynasty in the 12thcentury. The city Dhaka derived its name from the temple. The temple is known to be one of the Shakti peethas.

The name Dhakeshwari means “goddess of Dhaka.” It is identified as one of the most important Hindu temples in Bangladesh. The temple is situated in Lombok, one of the older parts of Dhaka. During Navratri, Dhakeshwari temple transforms into a venue for the biggest celebration of Navratri and Durga Puja. Not only Hindu but people from all religions take part in the celebration with unprecedented enthusiasm and interest. Hence this temple is also a sign of enthusiasm. It is one of the oldest temples that presently exist in Bangladesh. It is recognised as the national temple of Bangladesh.

The Dhakeshwari temple suffered severe damage during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, where more than half of the temple buildings got destroyed, including Ramna Kali Mandir. Hence the current premises are smaller compared to the historical reach of the property. The statue of the Deity is a replica of the original idol, which was taken to Kolkata from Dhaka. One can feel the divine peace in the temple. Hence it is considered to be among the must-visit places in Bangladesh without any tinge of doubt whatsoever. So do put it in your tour bucket list for definite if you ever wish or are planning to travel to Bangladesh.

Timings

Dhakeshwari Temple open at 07:00 AM to 02:00 PM and then 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

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