Dwadash Shiva Temple is primarily a pilgrimage site in Kolkata and secondary an interesting sightseeing choice for history and culture lovers. It is basically a cluster of 12 temples that were established by Raja Santosh Roy Chowdhury in 1852. Located in the Barisha locality, these must-visit temples in Kolkata are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main highlight of this sacred site is the impressive athchala style architecture style; one square sloping roof topped with a turret with another square sloping roof.
The temples are situated on Prankrishna Lane and are built on raised plinths around a square-shaped courtyard. Inside each temple is a shivalinga and next to it a small statue of Nandi. In the centre of the courtyard is a raised platform with a Tulsi/Basil plant in it called Tulsi Mancha. The leaves of this plant are considered sacred and to have medicinal properties.
Dwadash Shiva Temple, Barisha, Kolkata, West Bengal 700008, India.
Opening & Closing Timings
Being a major tourist attraction in Kolkata, Dwadash Shiva Temple remains accessible for devotees all days a week, i.e., from Sunday to Saturday. They can visit the temple on any day from morning to evening.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
There are numerous tourist attractions around Dwadash Shiva Temple that are also visited by tourists. These places are:
- Netaji Bhawan
- Victoria Memorial
- National Library