Chinese Kali Mata Temple

The temple that serves noodles and momos as prasad

The temple, which is 60 years old, stands on the Matheswartala Road in Tangra

Nestled in East Kolkata, the Tangra region houses Chinese migrants who have made India their home.

In the 1930s, during China's civil war, many Chinese people sought refuge in Tangra, Kolkata, and worked in tanneries. 

For six decades, Hindus revered a local shrine with two vermillion-smeared granite stones under a tree.

The turning point came when a gravely ill 10-year-old Chinese boy was laid in front of the stones. His parents prayed, and miraculously, he recovered. 

In gratitude, they led a fundraising effort among the Chinese community to build a proper temple. For 80 years, this temple has been cared for by the local Chinese community. 

A Bengali Hindu priest conducts daily pujas, with Sanskrit mantras, Chinese incense sticks, and handmade paper burned to ward off evil spirits. 

The goddess is offered dishes like noodles, chop suey, and rice-and-vegetable preparations. Despite the unconventional prasad, the puja follows strict Vedic rituals. 

This unique blend of cultures makes the Chinese Kali Mata temple a truly special place and an example of social harmony.

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