We have always heard that mystery happens everywhere and anyplace, but when it happens in the shrines and temples, it goes into a whole other level of mysteriousness. So here are some mysteries that happen in temples and make our minds reel back.
Top 15 mysterious temples in India
1. Mahendipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
This temple of the sage Hanuman is known for its exorcist nature; people usually come to this temple to get relived of black magic. Another myth surrounding this temple is that after a person has been relieved of black magic, he/she shouldn’t turn back to look at the temple.
2. Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
This auspicious temple of goddess Sita is known for its ambubachi mela. Many people don’t know why the temple closes for 3 days during the monsoon season. It Is believed that in those three days, the goddess menstruates, and the flower around the temples turns red. This temple celebrates the wonderfulness of women.
3. Devji Maharaj Mandir, MP
Just like Bandipur temple, it is the place where devotees come to rid themselves of ghosts, demons, and evil spirits. And they do so by lighting camphor tablets on their hands or being smacked by broom. This festival happens every year and is called the annual ‘bhoot mela’.
4. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala
Goddess bhagvathi the gentler reincarnation of goddess kali resides in this temple. There is this annual 7-day festival called the Bahrani festival where devotees dressed in reading come inside the temple with swords in a trance-like manner and smack their heads until they bleed. After they enter the temple, they curse and sing lewd songs about the goddess. And it’s still a mystery why?
5. Venkateshwara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Unlike the other temple, this temple accepts hair offerings. It is said that if you donate your hair and make a wish, the wish comes true. The Venkateshwara temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu, a god that accepts human hair as a symbol of sacrifice.
6. Stambheshwar Mahadev, Gujarat
Lord Shiva resides here and blesses those who dare to venture into it. Why? Because of two reasons first, it is in the Arabian Sea, not touching any piece of land, and second that it is known for its vanishing ability. It vanishes during the hours of high tides and then reappears in the hours of low tides.
7. Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Some of you may wonder what is mysterious about this temple. This temple is the sole temple of Brahma, one of the holy trinity of Hindu mythology.
8. Kal Bhairav Nath Temple, Varanasi
We have seen and heard that temple asking for various kinds of offerings but have you ever heard of offering alcohol to a god and the ‘prasad ‘too is alcohol?
9. Devaragattu Temple, Andhra Pradesh:
This temple is famous for its Bani Festival. Located on the border of Karnataka, every year on Dussehra, devotees from both states gather in huge numbers with lathis, to hit each other on their heads till midnight!
10. Hasanamba Temple, Karnataka
This temple that is dedicated to goddess sakthi opens once a year in he ashwayuja month during the festivals of light ‘diwali’. The lamp and flower and prasad remain unspoilt when the doors opened after a year. And it is also said there is this a mystical stone that inches closer to the goddess every year. It’s belived that when the stone touches the goddess the world will come to an end.
11. Nidhivan Temple, Vrindavan
Krishna’s birthplace is said to be visited by Krishna at night. The trees in the dense forest are intertwined and is said to be gopis. This famous myth states that lord Krishna comes at night to dance with gopis and Radha, and anyone who witnesses this event turns insane.
12. Nachiyar Kovil, Tamil Nadu
During a procession when the garuda is taken out from the holy temple, its weight keeps increasing firstly only 4 people are needed to carry it, then the numbers keep getting multiplied.
13. Jagannath Temple, Orrisa
This temple is called the temple of opposites. The flag which adorns the mount of Jagannath temple moves to the opposite side from where the wind blows. Unlike other temples where the prasad is either wasted or is not enough, here in this temple, the prasad is exactly enough for all the devotees.
14. Chaya Someshwar Temple, Telangana.
This temple featuring the god Shiva as the main attraction has been most visited because of the shadow that falls on the Shiva lingam. Now most of you will ask what is mysterious about a shadow. How about I tell you that nothing in front of the lingam can cast a shadow on it?
15. Veerabhadra Temple, Andhra Pradesh
This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most mysterious places in India, is famous for its hanging pillar. One hangs from the ceiling among the 70 pillars in the temple, and you can pass objects such as sheets of paper or cloth. It is believed that passing a piece of cloth beneath the pillars deems to be lucky.
There are no present scientific proofs as to why did all these happen, but we can’t just say that they are coincidences. Make sure you visit all these temples, and I hope they make it to your travel list. And try verifying and solving this mystery by yourselves.