The Dhakeshwari Temple of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Temples of Asia | | November 24, 2011 at 12:05 am




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Dhakeshwari Temple or Dhakeshwari National Temple is the most famous Hindu temple in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. It is a state owned temple and is designated as the country’s national temple. The term ‘Dhakeshwari’ means ‘the Goddess of the city of Dhaka’. The exact location of the Dhakeshwari Temple is towards the southeast of Dhaka University’s Salimullah Hall. Before the war of 1971, the chief religious place for the Hindus in Bangladesh was the Ramna Kali Mandir; however the people of Bangladesh witnessed destruction of this temple during the 1971 war between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Since then, the status of the chief place of worship for the Hindus of the country has been assumed by Dhakeshwari Temple.

Dhakeshwari Temple

Dhakeshwari Temple is not only famous for the extensive religious activities hosted by it; it is also one of the most important socio-cultural hubs of the country. The biggest annual festival for Bengali Hindus, the Durga Puja is celebrated in a big way at this temple. During this time, the temple is visited by a series of Bangladeshi dignitaries, which include the Prime Minister, President, leaders of opposition, MPs and several media celebrities. All these dignitaries gather here for felicitating Bangladesh’s Hindu community. The temple premises during this time of the year also stay crowded with common men, including the Muslims. Every individual visiting the Dhakeshwari Temple during Durga Puja are offered prasads or the divine food offered to Goddess Durga, which mostly consist of lentils and rice.

Durga Puja at Dhakeshwari Temple

Within some days of completion of Durga Puja celebrations, a cultural event called ‘Bijaya Sammelani’ is arranged in the parade ground adjacent to the temple. The Bijaya Sammelani organized by Dhakeshwari Temple authority attracts people from all corners of the country as here they can witness performances by the most popular artists belonging to the film and music industry of Dhaka.

Durga Puja at Dhakeshwari Temple

Another important event hosted by the Dhakeshwari Temple is ‘Janmashthami’ procession. This procession is help for celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna. The procession begins from the Dhakeshwari Temple premises and proceeds through Old Dhaka.

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