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West Bengal Govt has taken over the management of 375 years old Dhanwantary Kali Temple

Image: Deity of Ma Kali of the temple


Ahead of its 375th Kali Puja, the administrator General and official Trustee of West Bengal Govt. has taken over the management of a Shakti Peeth, a nearly four centuries old Kali temple in Majilpur of South 24 Parganas district. 

Established by Rajendra Nath Chakraborty in the mid-17th century, the ‛Dhanwantary Kali Temple’ is a popular temple among devotees. But for the past few years, there were lots of problem in management of this temple. Specially, disagreement among Trustees led the management of the temple a challenging issue. 

So, a section of trustees wrote to the office of the government on September 26, requesting intervention to help in managing the temple's day-to-day functions and it's assets. 
“The temple vault  has a huge quantity of gold ornaments that are unprotected. There is no security system or CCTV in the temple”, Roy said.


Biplab Roy, the state Administrator General and Official Trustee, consulted with minister for law and justice Malay Ghatak and visited the temple, and held meetings with the secretary and other committee members. He was requested to take charge 9f the deity, so that all ceremonies could continue. 

“The temple vault  has a huge quantity of gold ornaments that are unprotected. There is no security system or CCTV in the temple”, Roy said.

Considering the history of the deity and it's historical importance, Roy took charge of its management on Thursday after a nod from the Judicial Department. He will approach the Calcutta HC and submit an appropriate application under Official Trustee Act for framing of scheme Seva puja and guidance.

Sujoy Chakraborty, former Police Commissioner of Kolkata and a descendants of temple's founder Rajemdra Nath Chakraborty expressed his disagreement over this and said, ‛I'm for modernisation and installing CCTV, but against the temple being attributed political leanings’.

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