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Anushka Sharma Shares Photos of Belur Math, Kalighat Temple: Learn More About These Places

If you follow Anushka Sharma on Instagram, you’d know the actress camped out in Kolkata for a while, where she had been filming ever since. Chakda’Xpress – a biopic of the former Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami.

Now, after completing her schedule, she has taken to Instagram to share a photo of her time in the capital of West Bengal, which is hailed for food and Heritage tourism.

Once in Calcutta, impossible to resist the street food and others bengali delights, nor can you stay away from the temptation to visit iconic places. It was the same with Anouchkawho captioned her recent Instagram post “Eat-Pray-Love,” signifying the activities she’s been doing around town.

It seemed like a food and culinary adventure for the new mum, who posted photos of her plate featuring plenty of delectable items. There was, for example, a photo of Aliah phirni — from the famous New Aliah Hotel in Bow Barracks — followed by that of “Balwant Singh ki chai and samosa“.

The actor also posted a photo of “mithai ke cooked and regular rasgulleparamount ke sorbetGirish Ch Dey malai roller, Puti Ram ki kachori aloo– all of which are famous dishes loved by locals and tourists alike.

Coming to the spiritual aspect of the trip, Anushka – who was joined by her daughter vamikawho appears in one of the photos — visited two revered places: Belur Math and Kalighat Temple.

Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, which were founded by Swami Vivekanandawho was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a mystic who deeply revered and devoted his life to Goddess Kali.

Belur Math is located on the west bank of the Hooghly River, Belur. Interestingly, the architecture here is a combination of Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist and Christian art and styles that convey the message that all religions are united.

Kalighat Templealso, is dedicated to the goddess Kali and considered one of the Shakti Peetas. It is located in Kalighat, Kolkata, and is an amalgamation of two words: “Kali”, after the goddess and “ghat”, meaning landing/steps, usually near a body of water.

According to the official West Bengal Tourism website, Kalighat was a ghat sacred to Kali “on the ancient course of the Hooghly River”. Interestingly, the old name of the city, “Calcutta”, is said to have been derived from the word “Kalighat”. The temple is located on the banks of a small canal called Adi Ganga which connects to the Hooghly.

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