The age-old religion of Hinduism has remunerated to its aficionados with some of the best temples and shrines since ancient times. The Kings who ruled each dynasty took pride in building the best temple to brag about in front of their allies and enemies. There are numerous temples in India that are more than 2000 years of age and every one of them are novel in their own specific manner. So if you have a spiritualistic bent to your existence, and would like to explore something bizarre, then hop aboard, and unravel the deep dark mysteries of some of India’s incredible temples.
If you have observed carefully on the website of the Indian Railway, you might have come across the packages section, wherein there are exciting offerings for each and every type of traveller. So if you are a religious soul, then there will be amazing pilgrimage packages at jaw-dropping prices. But those are too mainstream. Here, we are about to introduce you to some of the most bizarre and awe-inspiring temples that have some or the other mysterious streak to them. Ready for the shockers?
1.Vadodara’s Disappearing Temple
Did you know that there is a temple that could vanish and then return to sight after some time? Yes, around 40 miles from Vadodara, there is a Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple. The sanctuary that stands in the Arabian Sea, can be seen just amid hours of low tide, which implies that the temple is submerged in the ocean during high tides. Now, that’s quite an amusing disappearing act, isn’t it?
2. The Menstruating Goddess of Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
Nestling atop the the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, Assam, dwells the Maa Kamakhya Devi Temple, a standout amongst the most well known sanctuaries in India. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the Indian subcontinent. There is no idol of a god or goddess here, but a yoni or vagina of Devi Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, covered with a red silk sari. During the monsoon, the goddess bleeds, and the temple is shut down for three days. It is additionally said that the underground spring that streams in the sanctum of the sanctuary turns red on these three days. Enthusiasts are offered a bit of the red fabric used to cover the stone yoni during the menstrual duration as ‘prasad’.
3. The Bullet God
The Bullet baba or the Om Banna holy place is located near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Devotees here do not worship any God or Goddess, but a Royal Enfield bike and the god is also offered alcohol. The inhabitants of the town believe that the divinity saves them from road accidents and other hazards while travelling.
4. Kal Bhairavnath Temple of Varanasi
In the holy city of Varanasi, Lord Kal Bhairav Nath, a resurrection of Lord Shiva, resides. Believe it or not, the main offerings that are made to God here is liquor, be it bourbon or wine. Liquor is emptied straightforwardly into the god’s open mouth, and the same is offered to devotees as prasad. Dissimilar to different shops outside sanctuaries that offer flowers and desserts as an offering, the kiosks outside this temple offer liquor available to be purchased.
5. Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, which is 30 km south of Bikaner in Rajasthan, loves rats as it is believed that the rats are the incarnations of the Goddess Karni Mata (who is an incarnation of Maa Durga) and her four kids. Rats are permitted to unreservedly meander in the sanctuary premises, furthermore fed with milk and other prasad.
India undoubtedly is a land of eccentricity. Almost after every 100 km, you can find something offbeat, something mysterious, that could send chills down your spine. These temples too are a part of such eccentricities. Whether going by Indian Rail or by air, make sure that whenever you visit the aforementioned cities, you are visiting these temples as well. These are not usual, are they?
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