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23rd December, 2021 Culture and Heritage


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  • Recently, the Indian President has inaugurated the reconstructed Ramna Kali temple in Ramna, Dhaka (Bangladesh),.



  • In Nepalese folklore, the Ramna Kali Temple was founded by the devotees of the Goddess Kali.
  • Although the temple had stood for centuries, it was largely developed in the early 20th century.
  • The temple was developed under the patronage of Rani Bilashmoni Debi, wife of Rajendra Narayan (1882–1913). At this time, the temple was one of Dhaka's tallest landmarks.
  • On March 25, 1971, the Pakistan Army began its "Operation Searchlight" to oppose a Bengali nationalist movement in what was then East Pakistan. It led to a genocide and to the Bangladesh Liberation War.
  • Operation Searchlight focused on prominent Hindu sites including the Ramna Kali Mandir.