(Last Updated on : 30/04/2013)
Achipur is an old Chinese colony and the place derived its name from the Chinese businessman, Tong Achi who established a sugar mill on the banks of Hooghly River
, south of Budge Budge, during the time of Warren Hastings that is during the rule of British East India Company.
A sugarcane plantation was owned by him nearby that provided raw material to his mill. With the obliteration of the sugar plantation and mill, the place was deserted by the Chinese community.
The main attraction of Achipur is the aged old Chinese temple that was built during the rule of British, when the area was populated by Chinese people. At the complex's main entrance, a there is a huge gate has been built recently. The Chinese Buddhist temple is situated at a corner of the complex and surrounded by a low wall and one might have to crouch to get inside the temple, owing to the small entrance.
The structure of the Chinese Buddhist temple in Achipur is that of a typical Chinese temple and comprises lovely wood carvings. In this temple, Chinese deities, Khudi and Khuda are worshiped.
The other important tourist landmark is the grave of Tong Achi that overlooks the Hooghly River. The grave is semi-circular in shape and is red in colour. It comprises of stands between two kilns with Chinese inscriptions on them. The grave can be reached from the temple by means of a shortcut, via two brick kilns.
One can spend the dusky time at the Budge Budge Ferry Ghat watching the ships crossing the Ganga River
. The Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge is also historically significant because Swami Vivekananda
landed here when he returned from his Chicago visit.
The place, Achipur is considered as a gateway for those interested in the history of Chinese community. Achipur also served as a picnic spot for the visitors. The tourist can visit the place where there is also the temple of Chinnamasta.
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