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The first Kalibari in Gurgaon to be completed in next one year: Bengali community rejoices
New Palam Vihar has the first Kalibari in Gurgaon to boast about. The temple, dedicated to Ma Kali- the goddess of empowerment is the first of its kind in the millennium city. Bengalis and their rituals have reached the city of Gurgaon for quite some now, but a temple dedicated to the goddess was missing and after much planning, organizing and saving by a group of people, we have now a temple taking shape. I had a word with Debasish Gupta, treasurer of the committee looking after the construction, and he told me the story behind the putting together a Kali temple in Gurgaon.

It was in 1999 that Durga Puja in Palam Vihar was started by a group of people. They later called themselves the Sarbojanin Puja & Sanskritik Samity. Since Kalibari is an essential part of Bengali community, it was the dream of the founding members to build a temple for the Goddess Kali in Gurgaon.

Talking about the initiation, Gupta said that it was only in 2005 that the founding members could start building on their dreams. The Gram Panchayat of Village Sarai Ailawadi, near Palam Vihar had made available a 1000 sq. yds. plot for construction of a Temple.The inauguration of the temple happened on July 4, 2008. The Mandir was consecrated by Swami Shantatmananda, head of Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi.

A priest and his quarters have been built inside the premises of the temple. He not only offers prayers to the goddess, but also conducts Pujas on Amavasya and Purnima. Apart from that cultural programs on Baishaki, Rabindranath Tagore's birthday is also celebrated.

Since 2011, a bigger temple has been constructed. It is an octagonal shape with woodwork and marble flooring. The finishing of the place is yet to take place but three garvagrihas (rooms of gods) have already been constructed.

Funds for the building of temple normally do not dry up due to the funds from the Durga Puja and also individual sponsors make sure that the construction never stops. There are around 160 members, who are enthusiastic about the project and is associated with the whole thing very closely. When asked, Debasish Gupta said that they want to complete the temple in the next one year and that once it is done they would also construct a community hall and a guest house.

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