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India is a land of miracles and has strong roots of spirituality and religion. Devotees bow their head in extreme reverence in the front of Gods they believe in. But here you may find some beliefs that are not so usual or conventional. Let’s have a look at 10 such temples which will change your perception of the shrine.
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Worshipping a bullet..not possible!!
Om Banna Temple, popularly known as the ‘Bullet Baba Temple’, witnesses many devotees offering bangles, jewellery, red coloured strings every day. It is believed that the soul of Om Banna assists troubled tourists.
The story behind this temple is as interesting as its name. One day, Om Banna, a resident of Chotila village was travelling from Bangdi to Chotila on a Royal Enfield and lost control. He hit a tree and died on the spot. Next day, police took his bike to the local police station, but to everyone’s surprise it was reported missing from there and was found back at the site of accident. Despite several attempts, the motorcycle kept returning to the same spot.
The architecture of the temple and Kali’s idol look like any other temple. But have a look at the ‘Prasad’, here you won’t find sweets, coconut or paysam; the holy prasad consists of noodles, chopsuey, rice and vegetables dishes. Quiet strange!
The Chinese Kali Temple is located in the Tangra area (Chinatown) of Kolkata. The temple was established about 63 years back and it stands as an unparalleled symbol of cross-cultural assimilation.
Rats in a temple….impossible!!
Karni Mata Temple attracts tourists from across the country to see a shrine where about 20,000 rats are fed, protected, revered and worshipped.
Popularly known as the Rat Temple, it is situated in Deshnoke about 30km from Bikaner and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. It is believed that in the 14th century, Goddess Karni performed several miracles. When her youngest son drowned, she asked Yama (God of death) to give his life back. But upon Yama’s refusal, she restored her son’s life and announced that none of her family members would ever die. They will reincarnate in the form of rats (kabas).
The Hadimba Temple, also popularly known as Hidimba Devi Temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi (wife of Bhim and mother of Ghatothkach). This three storey pagoda style temple is different from other Hindu temples in architecture as it is made of wood and has no idol within. Devotees worship the engraved footprints. It is believed that it was at this place that Hidimba meditated and became Devi Hidimba.
Liquor in a temple is considered a sin everywhere, but not in Kal Bhairav Nath temple!
The Kal Bhairav Nath temple looks much like other Hindu temples, but the moment you look at the offerings you’ll feel as if you’re part of some fantasy world. The main offering to the divine deity is wine and he guzzles gallons of liquor every day. Also this is the only prasad given to the devotees.
It was built by King Bhadresen and Bhairava God is worshipped here. The temple priest keeps a dish with liquor close to the mouth of the Deity and it slowly starts sucking it in. Yeah, you got to see to believe it. The liquor actually disappears from the dish. Since hundreds of years, it has been a mystery as to where does all this liquor go.
Perform pradakshinas and get a visa to USA. Sounds strange??
The Chilkur Balaji temple, popularly known as ‘Visa Balaji Temple’, about 33 Kms from Mehedipatnam, is particularly popular with devotees who aspire to get a foreign visa. People visit this temple before the visa interview and take 3 pradakshinas (walking in circle around the temple) and then pray and make a vow to make 108 pradakshinas upon getting the visa.
With the strengthening belief in this religious legacy and increasing number of people trying for a visa, this temple now witnesses approximately 75,000 to 1,00,000 devotees every week.
Almost 25 kms from Dharamshala, the Tatwani temple is popular among both local people and foreign tourists. It houses hot water springs and waterfalls. The water springs are adequately warm for a comfortable dip. It is believed that the water of the pools possess healing properties.
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A toy plane kept inside a shrine!!!
At the, Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara in Talhan village near Jalandhar you will find numerous miniature planes on Sundays. People who wish to go abroad, offer these miniature planes along with prayers and guess what their prayers are often heard.
Infact the Talhan village can be easily located as at its gate there is a cemented model of British Airways aircraft and the road is lined with shops selling miniature planes.
This auspicious temple takes its visitors by shock and surprise. Located amidst the mountains in the small town of Jwalamukhi in Kangra district, this temple has 9 jyotis (flames) that have been constantly burning for decades. It is considered to be the place where Maa Sati’s Tongue had fallen.
Maa Sati is one of the 7 divine sisters of Maa Bhagwati or the 9 incarnations of Maa Durga. It is believed that just by the darshan of divine Maa Jwala, all your wishes get fulfilled and you can achieve moksha.
Love playing ‘Hide and Seek’ game? Well, here’s a temple that loves the game as well.
The Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple is one such shrine in Gujarat which gets completely submerged in sea during high tide hours. Tourists from far off places visit this temple and witness its submergence. During low tide hours they visit the temple and offer their prayers. This Lord Shiva’s temple of coastal Gujarat got its name from the fact that it was built on pillars (Stambh).
Reality is far more stranger than fiction!