If you ever visit the Kalighat Temple in Kolkata, you might want to visit an obscure temple situated close to it. The Japanese Buddhist Temple called Nipponzan Myohoji is located about 12 mins away from the famous Kalighat Temple, and is a place of peace and tranquility.
The temple sits on Lake Road in South Kolkata, and it was established way back in the 1930s. The temple follows the Nipponzan Myohoji form of Buddhism, or the Nipponzan-Myōhōji-Daisanga Buddhism. It was founded by Nichidatsu Fujii in 1917, and the community highly reveres the Lotus Sutra. The beautiful temple is an abode of peace that one must visit.
At the Nipponzan Myohoji, you can spend some quiet time. It is a two-storey building with a prayer hall that is open for visitors. Here in the prayer hall sits a statue of Lord Buddha on the altar. Here on the second floor of Nipponzan Myohoji, there is a meditation room, and also the Arya Dharma Library. Folks who know the Japanese language will find a lot of literature here in the library.
You can visit either during the morning prayers or the evening prayers. The morning prayer is held from 5 am to 7 am, while the evening prayer is held from 5 pm to 7 pm. Buddha Purnima is one of the most auspicious festivals that is celebrated here at the temple.
Interestingly, the temple had featured in the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer detective thriller movie, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi.