A temple in Kolkata, ‘Chinese Kali Temple,’ serves a rather unique combination of prasad – Noodles, Chop Suey, and Sticky Rice.
India is a secular country, and the uniqueness is all about distinct religions and cultures that are accommodated in the country. Its diversity is what makes the country so different from others.
Regardless, there are numerous temples in the country, and all of them follow a simple procedure. After visiting the temple, priests/caretakers hand out different types of prasad to devotees or visitors. However, the most common prasad that is offered in temples is ‘Laddoo’.
Instead of regular sweets, what do they serve?
Yet there is a very distinct temple where priests don’t offer your regular sweets as prasad but offer Chinese food such as chop suey and noodles and to the worshippers instead of ladoos in Kolkata, West Bengal’s capital.
Where is this temple located?
It is located in Kolkata’s famous Tangra area, also called the “China Town”. One can see a mixture of Tibetan and East Asian culture in this region, making it a good tourist attraction.
However, the temple and the idol look the same as in any other Goddess Kali temple that resides in India.
The thing that makes it different is that the Prasad is first offered to the Goddess and later distributed among devotees. Those Chinese cuisines like noodles, sticky rice chop suey, and various other dishes are also offered to Goddess Kali in this temple.
What are its distinct qualities?
Interestingly, a Bengali priest worships the Goddess, and handmade papers are burnt there to keep the evil spirits at bay. Moreover, during Diwali celebrations, tall candles are lit here along with the Chinese incense sticks.
The aroma of this temple is distinctive from other main Hindu temples in the country.
How old is this temple?
The temple is said to be 80 years old, according to media reports. However, for 60 years, Hindus worshiped two granite stones with vermilion over them under a tree at the site before the temple was constructed.
Around 20 years ago, people from the Chinese and Bengali communities came jointly to build the Chinese Kali temple in Tangra, Kolkata.