Kali Bari Mandir
: Near Lakshmi Narayan Temple, New Delhi
: Goddess Kali
: Festival of Durga Puja
stone's throw from Birla Mandir to the right is the much smaller but quite popular temple devoted to the Goddess Kali. Especially dear to the Bengali community of Delhi, it is the centre of celebration during the festival of Durga Puja held every October.
Since, Kali is believed to be the manifestation of Durga in her most terrifying, warlike avatar, liquor is offered to the goddess in this temple.
The temple is rather small and very simple in design. From within the temple grows a huge 'peepul' tree that pierces through the ceiling to shade the temple. Hindus consider the peepul
sacred and red threads are tied around its bark when beseeching a boon.
The temple remains open in the morning from 4.30am
to 12pm and then in the evening from 4pm to 9pm.