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Shila Devi Temple (Kali Temple)

Shila Devi Temple (Kali Temple)





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Castles and Palaces
Buildings (Temple)

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Amber (India)

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Just before the entrance to the Amer Fort Palace, there is a steep aisle and a narrow staircase that leads to the Shila Devi Temple or the Kali Temple. Apart from its mysterious history, the temple is also known for its huge silver lions. The temple is adorned with silver doors, which have a raised relief. As per the legend surrounding the Shila Devi Temple, Maharaja Man Singh I had prayed to the Goddess to ensure his victory over the rulers of Bengal. The Goddess appeared in his dreams and asked him to retrieve Her statue from the sea near Jessore (now in Bangladesh) and enshrine it in a proper temple. The Maharaja defeated his enemies and as per the orders of the Goddess reclaimed the statue and installed it in the Shila Devi Temple.
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