India has embedded roots in divinity and spirituality and Indians are by nature God fearing. It’s a land of endless deities worshipped in innumerable temples in diverse forms across the country. We often refer India as a land of legendary temples with eminent history to boast of! We all more or less have heard or personally visited these famous Indian shrines someway. But there are few unusual temples as well which are lesser known to the tourists. Why unusual? Well, it could be due to the strange temple structure or atypical offering to the deity or simply the deity itself or some kind of strange and different facts associated with the history of the temple. Let’s check out the Indian temple list below with bizarre rituals:
Submerged Shiva Temple in Varanasi:
Located in Scindhia Ghat, close to Manikarnik Ghat, Varanasi, this shrine is partly submerged into the River Ganges thereby attracting visitors’ attention. This is the unusual fact about this temple. The ill formation and structure of the adjoining ghats have actually caused this condition. This temple is on the bank of river Ganga and currently it’s deserted.
Stambleshwar Mahadev, Gujarat:
The deity of Lord Shiva is worshipped in Stambleshwar temple. Particularly at the times of high tide this temple goes under water. It’s because of this reason, the shrine is also known as ‘’the disappearing temple’’ of Mahadev, Gujarat. This Indian temple was discovered some 150 years back and is located in Kavi kamboi 40miles away from Vadodara in the middle of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat. The submerging and re-emerging of this temple is considered an auspicious event and many travelers across the country visit the temple to witness this incident every year. A tourist can only visit this unusual temple during the low tides.
Aeroplane Gurudwara, Punjab:
Sant Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara is Punjab is one of the amazing temples in India which has an Aeroplane on top! Devotees visit this temple to get their immigration dreams of settling in foreign countries get realized! People believe that if one visit this Gurudwara with complete faith and offer toy aeroplane to the deity, his/her wish of relocating to foreign destination will be fulfilled. As a result of this, one can find plenty of shops selling aeroplane toys in and around the Gurudwara area.
Hadimba Temple, Himachal Pradesh:
Hadimba Temple is also known as the Pagoda style temple is one of the largest temple in India dedicated to a demon. The pagoda architecture makes this temple unique. It’s a four storeyed 24meters wood made temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of demon Hadimb. It’s located in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. A huge stone finished foot print which is believed to be the footprint of Hadimba Devi is worshipped here. At the entrance you’ll find the image of Goddess Durga. The temple has a brass made conic roof top. Every year on 14th may this place observes the birthday of Hadimba Devi by organizing fair and ‘’longri’’ distribution among the tourists and visitors. As per the archeologists, the temple was built way back in 1553.
Kal Bhairav Nath Temple, Ujjain:
Kal Bhairav, the deity of this shrine consumes gallons of liquor each day. You’ll find innumerable liquor shops outside the temple premises. Devotees offer liquor to the lord. It’s a ritual in tantra and is believed that the deity drinks the alcohol as well. Kal Bhairav temple is in the city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. As a Prasad, the devotees get wine and it’s believed that temple was built by the Marathas.
Trishund Ganapati Temple, Pune:
Located in Somvar Peth area of Pune, this temple is a must visit for every tourist. It’s unique because it’s the only shrine in the country where Ganapati idol has three trunks. This out and out stone made temple was constructed between 1754 to 1770 AD by Bhimjigiri Gosavi. This beautiful black stone made temple is also believed to be the tomb of the Gosavi sect. The temple architecture is a mix of north and south and has some complex curves and structures. Inside the principal chamber of the temple you can also find stone inscription, both in Farsi and Devanagari script.
Brahma Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan:
Pushkar has very few remaining Hindu temples as most have been destroyed by Aurangzeb, the last Mughal emperor. This Brahma temple is the remaining and the only Brahma temple in the world. The shrine has marble steps that take you to the deity. At the entrance of the principal chamber of the temple, you’ll find silver turtle effigy. The temple wall has silver coins. These coins have the names of the donors etched. It was built in the 14 century. The temple has a four headed effigy of Lord Brahma. It’s one of the few existing temples in the world that’s solely dedicated to Lord Brahma. International Business Times declared the Brahma Temple as one of the ten most religious places in the world.
Maa Jwala Ji Temple, Himachal Pradesh:
This shrine of Jwala Ji is based in Jwalamukhi, the lower Himalayan town of Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh. A small fire is worshipped as the God, Pawan jyoti. The temple has 9 small flames at different corners of the shrine and they are burning for decades uninterruptedly. It’s generally believed that these flames are the sisters of Maa Durga. One of the ancient temples in India, this shrine has four corners with dome at the top. Every year during the Navratris a fair is organized in the month of July/Aug around the temple area. Besides Vaishno Devi, Maa Jwala Ji temple is one of the ancient temples of India which has its mention in the Mahabharata. If you are in Himachal, make it a point to visit this holy yet unusual shrine once.
Chhinnamasta Temple, Jharkhand:
Also known as Chinnamastika temple, this unique tantric style architectural temple is located in Ramgarh District of Jharkhand. The temple has headless deity of Goddess Chhinnamasta standing on kamdeo and rati on a lotus bed. After the sunset, temple area becomes eerie and quite. Chhinnamasta temple is a pretty old structure as you’ll find its mention in the Vedas. The architectural style of this temple resembles with Kamakhya Temple of Assam. It has regular animal sacrifices. Marriage and shaving of head are largely done in the temple premises. Every year at the time of Makarsankranti the temple witnesses huge congregation of worshippers mainly from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand.
Mannarasala Temple, Kerala:
This famous Nagaraja temple of serpent worship is located in Alappuzha District, Kerala. Women looking for fertility visit Mannarasala Temple. The temple has two idols, Nagaraja and Sarpayakshini. Turmeric paste, a curative found in the temple premises is believed to resolve such problems of thousands of devotees and worshippers. Mannarasala Aayilyam is an important festival of this temple in the month of September/October. Many believe that serpents which are worshipped in this temple have miraculous power. ‘’Uruli kamazhthal’’ the practice of placing a bell metal container upside down in front of the deities is quite popular among the infertile couples.
India is an exotic land of extravagance. There is a temple almost in very corner of this magnificent and culturally diversified country. The enthralling experience of visiting India is unforgettable to any international tourist! The ten temples mentioned in this article are known yet strange and different in some way or the other. Hindus are basically religious centric. This religious temperament has manifested quite a few strange temples secret treasures or architectural style. Do visit these strange yet amazing temples sometime and enrich your knowledge on Indian temple information!
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