Did You Know About Mumbai's Only Chinese Temple

The city packs a lot of surprises in store, and the Kwan Kung temple is one of them
Inside Mumbai's only Chinese Temple that was built over 90 years ago
Inside Mumbai's only Chinese Temple that was built over 90 years ago
The city that never sleeps holds many mysteries that even those living there for the longest time have not uncovered. A trip to Mumbai would have you sitting on the marine drive or visiting the fancy restaurants of Bandra after a filmy tour across the locality. But hidden amidst all this is a fascinating history waiting to be uncovered by tourists and Mumbaikars alike. 
The Chinese Influence 
Mumbai has been a home to people from different parts of the world. From Parsis to Sindhis, they all have created a place for themselves in the city&ndashthis is prevalent in the number of restaurants and religious buildings belonging to these communities that line the city. Among them were Chinese migrants from the Canton region, who shifted in the early 1900s while working with the East India Company. 
 
 
 
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Kwan Kung Temple's facade is unassuming and simple 
Into Another World 
Once a thriving centre for them, this city is left with just one indicator of their presence&ndashthe Kwan Kung Temple in Mazagao. Built over 90 years ago, this two-storeyed red house is tucked away in one of the area&rsquos narrow lanes. The exterior of the building is plain, and the only thing drawing your attention to it is a red door. 
Figurines of Chinese gods are kept in an elaborately decorated shrine
The interiors are in absolute contrast to the ordinary facade&ndashcolourful murals of Fuk, Luk and Sau (the three Chinese gods of blessing, longevity, and prosperity, respectively) grace the walls of the inner shrine. Everything inside is painted in different shades of red (considered a bright colour), be it the chairs, doors, or even the altar. Traditional Chinese lanterns hang above, and intricately carved figurines paying homage to Guan Gong (the Chinese god of justice and courage) are placed in front. Some cupboards store traditional objects like joss sticks, paper money, and Jiaobei or moon blocks. The fragrance from the incense and candles envelops the whole room and roots you at the moment. 
 
 
 
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A worshipper praying  
The Festive Glow
This hidden gem of Mumbai takes on a shining character during the occasions of the Chinese New Year and Moon Festival. Hundreds of Chinese come to pay their respect to the gods&ndashthey offer fruits and cakes and light lamps. This is probably the best time to visit the temple for those who want to explore the little-known secret. 

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