• Ma Dakshineswari Kali of Laguna Beach, California. This photo was taken during one of Kali Mandir’s festivals. Ma is adorned with her favorite hibiscus flowers. Sri Haradhan Chakraborti, the main pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, brought this image from Calcutta and installed her in Laguna Beach in 1993. Ma Dakshineswari is being worshipped daily at Kali Mandir.
  • Sri Ramakrishna (1836 - 1886) was born in Kamarpukur, a small village in West Bengal. He spent his adult life ardently worshipping Ma Bhavatarini Kali at the Dakshineswar Temple in Kolkata. His spiritual realizations made him see God in everything. God is One. People call on the same God who appears in various forms and names.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal. Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground. The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there. Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal. Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground. The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there. Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal. Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground. The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there. Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal. Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground. The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there. Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal. Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground. The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there. Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal. Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground. The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there. Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.
  • Sri Bamakhyepa was a siddha yogi who lived in Tarapith, Birbhum, West Bengal. He was a great worshipper of the Divine Mother Tara.
  • Sri Haradhan Chakraborty, the late main priest at the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, India, comes from a lineage of priests. Like his father, he worshipped Ma Bhavatarini Kali throughout his adult life. In 1993, he installed the image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali in Laguna Beach by performing prana pratistha.
  • In Hinduism, the goddess Durga, also known as Shakti or Devi, is the protective mother of the universe. She is one of the most popular deities, a protector of all. Sitting astride on a lion or tiger, the multi-limbed Durga battles the forces of evil in the world. In Sanskrit, Durga means "a fort" or "a place that is difficult to overrun," an apt metaphor for this deity's protective, militant nature. Durga is sometimes referred to as Durgatinashini, which literally translates into "the one who eliminates sufferings." This particular Durga image is being worshipped at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach.
  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal.  Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground.  The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there.  Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.

  • This photo of Ma Tara was taken in the famous Tarapith temple, Birbhum, West Bengal.  Many tantrics and saints have practiced sadhana at the Tarapith temple and cremation ground.  The renowned tantric Bamakhyepa spent most of his life there.  Of the more contemporary saints, Anandamayi Ma practiced sadhana in Tarapith.

  • Sri Bamakhyepa was a siddha yogi who lived in Tarapith, Birbhum, West Bengal.  He was a great worshipper of the Divine Mother Tara.

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