Chinese Kali Temple
In Kolkata's Tangra (Chinatown) area is located the 'Chinese Kali Temple' and it's the best possible example of assimilation, unity and acceptance, that's missed so much in today's day and age.
Even on a regular weekday, you can see Chinese residents take off their shoes and enter the temple to invoke the blessings of the goddess.
The pandit (a Bengali Brahmin) comes here every day for the morning and evening aarti.
The temple site is around 60-years-old, and used to be a couple of sindoor smeared black stones under a tree. People living there used to worship the stones. After a while, the Chinese followed suit. What made them do so?
The story goes that a 10-year-old boy of the Chinese community was once very ill. Even doctors could not cure him. His parents had lost hope and lay him down near the tree and prayed for several nights at a stretch. A miracle happened. The boy got well, and the site became special.
The puja also has Chinese traditions to boast of another resident says,
"We light tall candles on Kali puja night. We also get special Chinese incense sticks and light them, so the aroma you get at the temple is different from what you get at other temples or pandals. It is typically Chinese." Not only that, they burn handmade paper to ward off evil spirits and the pranaam too is done in Chinese style.
A cursory glance might not get you to notice it, but one look at the bhog being offered at the foot of Ma Kali in this temple will get you thinking. Noodles, chop suey, rice and vegetable dishes adorn the feet of the goddess.
From Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata, the temple is 17 Km. It is 16 Km from Howrah Railway Station and 3 Km from Park Circus EMU station. Brindavan Garden is the nearest bus stop, only 700m from the temple.
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