The Chicago Kālī House of Spirituality & Worship, or as described in Bengali, Chicago Kālī Bari (CKB), was founded in 2018 by Ram Chakroborty, to share and encourage spiritual enlightenment with our fellow ‘sisters and brothers of America’, in efforts to further the advance towards peace and unity.
“I was initially inspired by my late Mother, Nihar Kana Chakroborty, many years ago” Ram reminisces, “Mā Kālī was taught to us in our childhood as a cultural simulacra of our own mother, a shield against the malevolence, corruption, and deceit we face during our time here on this world. In building my mother’s inspiration into a reality, I sincerely hope to help our community improve their day-to-day lives through meditation and spiritual guidance”
Chicago Kālī Bari has quickly established a presence within the Hindu diaspora in the Chicagoland area and the US Midwest. To service our congregation, we are working to build a holistic House of Spirituality and Worship, where all are welcome to extenuate their spiritual lives, worship, and celebrate our cultural and religious traditions. We hope that in doing so, we can promote the wisdom of Hindu philosophies to those that seek it. We strive to be a place where our youth can gather, to listen, to question, and to continue and incorporate cultural ideals and heritage in their daily life forwards.
We plan to have the temple open every day, so that all who wish will have access to God and to their Priest for spiritual guidance. Chicago Kālī Bari will celebrate all major Hindu cultural festivals, and will work with our congregation, our neighbors, and our municipality to ensure all feel comfortable and welcome in the proceedings. In addition, we plan to organize social and cultural festivities to celebrate our cultural way of life.
Chicago Kālī Bari is a fast-growing congregation that strives to grow peacefully, with joy and without conflict, in congruence with other religious institutions of its size in the greater Chicagoland area, and in complement with its unique attributes and offerings. We strive to be a full-service religious Temple for the Hindu diaspora, as a standalone institution to promote our Hindu cultural ideals. We also plan to provide its members with social & cultural support and guidance, a charitable environment, and a safe space where members can freely meditate, worship, and crucially, a dedicated space for all who believe in God, and wish to explore and further develop their spiritual selves.
During the 1893 World Columbian Exposition hosted by Chicago, the first Parliament of Religions gathered, and Indian idol Swami Vivekanda opened the doors of Hindu spirituality to the Western World, and Chicago Kālī Bari strives to continue and move forward in this endeavor, embracing all peoples and creeds, and provide and supplement religious and spiritual needs through a Hinduism-centric ethic.
2s511 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn IL 60137, USA
Tel.|Fax: +1.855.525.4622 (855.KALI.MAA)
public transport info.
Chicago Kālī Bari is on Pace Bus Route 715. The nearest stop is at the intersection of IL Route 53 and Butterfield Rd.
The nearest Metra stop to Chicago Kālī Bari is the Glen Ellyn Train Station, on the Union Pacific West Metra line, with end-terminal connections from Chicago Ogilvie Transportation Center & Elburn Metra Station.
Upon arrival at Glen Ellyn Train Station, you can take Pace Bus 715 to Chicago Kālī Bari, or take a taxi, or utilize a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft.