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|• Type||Panchayet, Municipality|
Howrah Municipal Corporation |
(Bally Municipality from 1 April 1883 until 10 July 2015)
|• Total||11.81 km2 (4.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||15 m (49 ft)|
|• Density||25,000/km2 (64,000/sq mi)|
|• Official||Bengali, English, Hindi|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Howrah|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Bally|
Bally is a town in Howrah District, West Bengal, India.This area is covered by Howrah Municipal Corporation. It is a town of historical importance. Located at the north-eastern tip of the Howrah district, on the banks of the River Hooghly, it is just across the river from the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and near the Belur Math.
Bally is located at  It has an average elevation of 15 metres (49 feet). There is a man-made canal named the 'Bally Khal' that marks the boundary between Bally and the adjoining town of Uttarpara in Hooghly District. Once Uttarpara was the northern part of Bally; Uttarpara means "Northern Ward." The Hooghly river separates it from Dakshineswar of North 24 Parganas district..
Kalyaneshwar Mandir is a Shiva temple situated in Bally, Howrah, in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is more than 500 years old and is visited by thousands of monks and devotees every year. It is surrounded by Kali, Ganesh, Vishnu and Bajrangbali Temples. It is situated at the north-eastern tip of the Howrah district, on the banks of the River Hooghly, across the river from the Dakshineswar Kali Temple and near the Belur Math. The temple was set up by villagers more than 500 years ago, sponsored by the Jamindar (local landlord) of that time. Legends say that Ramakrishna Dev visited the temple frequently along with his followers from Ramakrishna Mission, including Swami Vivekananda and Swami Brahmananda. This ritual is still followed by the monks of Ramakrishna Mission.
Festivals in this temple are Maha Shivaratri and Charaksankranti. Other important festivals include Ramnavami and Rash mela. Apart from all these the Saraswati Puja of Bally is so famous which pulls crowd from neighbouring areas.
Bally is well connected by road, rail and water. Central Kolkata is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Bally.
Three major railway lines connect Bally:
There are five railway stations: Bally Ghat, Bally Halt, Bally Rajchandrapur, Bally Main and Belanagar.
Bally has a ferry pier - Bally Ghat.
Bally NSCC and NSFC represent the town in the fields of cricket and football respectively.