Kalighat Home for the Dying

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Nirmal Hriday facade, c. 2007

Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday) [1](formerly Mother Theresa's Kalighat Home for the Dying Destitutes ) is a hospice for the sick, destitute and the dying established by Mother Teresa[2][3] in Kalighat, Kolkata, India. Before Mother Theresa sought permission to use it, the building was an old abandoned Hindu temple to the goddess Kali,[4] the Hindu goddess of time and change. It was founded by Mother Teresa on her 42nd birthday in 1952,[5] two years after she established Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata.

Men's ward at Kalighat, Home of the Pure Heart, Nirmal Hriday

Mother Teresa opened this free hospice in 1952, next to the famous Kalighat Kali Temple in Kalighat Calcutta.[6] With the help of Indian officials, she changed an abandoned building which previously served as a temple for the Hindu goddess Kali into the “Kalighat home for the dying”, a free hospice for the poor. Later on she changed the name to “Kalighat the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday)”. People who were brought to the home received medical attention from the Missionaries of Charity and were given the opportunity to die with dignity.

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  1. ^ 10 Years Later, Mother Teresa Remembered Washington Post, September 4, 2007.
  2. ^ Her Legacy: Acceptance And Doubts Of a Miracle By Dvaid Rohde. New York Times, October 20, 2003.
  3. ^ The house that Mother built The Telegraph, Sunday, September 2, 2007.
  4. ^ NIRMAL HRIDAY, KOLKATA: Home bodies India Today, August 14, 2008.
  5. ^ SEEKER OF SOULS TIME, By SUBIR BHAUMIK AND MEENAKSHI GANGULY. CALCUTTA. June 24, 2001.
  6. ^ Mother Teresa of Calcutta Frontline Vol. 14 :: No. 19 :: Sept.20 - Oct. 3,1997.

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Coordinates: 22°31′13.1″N 88°20′29.8″E / 22.520306°N 88.341611°E / 22.520306; 88.341611