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Weird Temples Towns To Visit In India
India is a land of various religions. Religion is like opium to the masses as stated by Karl Marx. There are like 33 crore deities that we worship in every nook of the country. Many of them are devoted to animals as well as non-living things. There is a wide range of things that are being offered to God.
So adventure seekers out there, visit these weird temple towns in India and quench your thirst for adventure. The list is as follows:
Brahma Baba's Temple, Jaunpur-
Devotees from all religions and all walks of life flock to this temple to make wishes and according to them, all their wishes are granted. To express their gratitude they offer clocks and watches.
Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
- It's a shrine built for Karni Mata who is worshipped every day. There is a myth amongst the masses that she transforms herself into rats also known as kabbas. The most interesting thing about this place is that this temple is a dwelling place of 20000 rats. Rats roam hither and tither all over the place. It is considered a sin to kill rats here. If anyone tramples over a rat, then as compensation one has to buy a silver or gold statue and offer it to the temple. The devotees who come here to visit this rat temple also eat prasad tasted by rats.
Galtaji Temple/ Monkey Temple, Jaipur -
Monkeys and Langurs are close relatives of Lord Hanuman, hence they are loved and worshipped here.
Dog Temple, Channapatna, Karnataka-
Ramnagar district in Channapatna in Karnataka has a community of people who worship canines alongwith a village deity. They offer prayers to the dog god. It is believed by the community that the dog has the power of stopping any wrongdoings along with the deity.
Om Banna Temple, Jodhpur Rajasthan
This temple is also known by the name of "Bullet Baba Temple".The amazing fact here is that a 350CC Royal Enfield bike is worshipped. You might be eager to know the reason behind it. According to folklore, this is a story of a man named Om Singh Rathore who loved his bike died in an accident. His bike got crashed with a tree as he was drunk driving some 25 years ago. According to the local police, the bike was taken to the police station but the very next day it was found to have been reached the same spot multiple times. It is now permanently placed. People think that worshipping the bullet and offering liquor will apparently ward off any ill fate lurking on the Pali-Jodhpur highway.
The Visa God
Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara, Jalandhar, Punjab
In Jalandhar, there is a small village called Talhan where people like worshipping a deity who likes to be offered toy planes over usual offerings like prasad and flowers. It is believed that if you are struggling to get a visa then you can visit this place and offer toy planes to the deity and your visa applications will be approved soon.
Balaji Temple, Chilkur, Hyderabad
The Balaji temple of Chilkur has become a pilgrimage centre and is famous countrywide for US visa seekers. It is believed that the deity possesses supreme powers to grant the visa. People from all over the country come to take blessings for acquiring a visa.
Ward off Evil
Mahendipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
Balaji temple is the only place in India where exorcisms by priests are still carried out. No prasad is being given out here.
Devotees of all ages turn to this temple to ward off ghosts, demons and other evil spirits every day. You will find people pouring boiling water on themselves, hanging from the ceiling, chaining themselves to walls, and banging their heads against the walls to rid of all evil things.
Devji Maharaj Mandir, MP -
During the full moon, every month, the Devji Maharaj Mandir in Madhya Pradesh, is the place where devotees come to get rid themselves of ghosts, demons, and evil spirits.
As self-punishment people light camphor tablets on bare palms to scare whatever evil spirit resides within to leave the body. Running around or being hit by a broom are other options.
It has a tradition of ghost fair also known as "bhoot mela" that is held in the temple premises, to pacify evil spirits.
Mehandipur Balaji Mandir, Mehandipur
In this temple, devotees are brought to get rid of evil spirits which are then captured in taalas and hung outside the temple.
You find people hanging upside down or banging their heads on the walls of the temple. It is all a part of their treatment.
Chinese Kali Temple
Located in Tangra, also known as the Chinatown in Kolkata, the Goddess Kali is offered noodles, chop suey and rice as servings for her devotees.
It is believed that this temple plays an integral part in the life of Chinese people. Every Chinese entering this temple ensure that they go in barefoot just like us Indians.
Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
In the Nilachal valley of Gauhati, Assam lies the Kamakhya Devi temple. The temple does not have an idol to worship, however, the yoni or vagina of Devi Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, is covered with a red silk sari.
Every year during the monsoon season, the goddess menstruates, and the temple is closed down for three days. Here, the underground spring that flows in the sanctum of the temple also turns red on these three days. Devotees are offered a piece of the red cloth used to cover the stone yoni during the days of menstruation as ‘prasad’.
It's during the same time that the Tantric fertility festival or Ambubachi Mela is celebrated here, till the fourth day when the temple reopens.
Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala
The Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple annually witnesses a seven-day festival that is the Bharani Festival. Goddess Bhadrakali is a reincarnated form of Goddess Kali.
People wearing red apparel and carrying swords swarm this Indian temple, running around in a haze. They hit their heads with the sword, blood pours freely, and they enter the temple hurling abuses and singing lewd songs about the Devi.
Usual offerings are not made in the general instead, they are thrown at the statue of the goddess, and the temple buildings are hit repeatedly with sticks. The temple is shut down for 7 days after the festival, to clean the bloodstains.
Munch Murugan Temple, Kerala
According to a fable, Baby Murugan also known as munch Murugan is a 300-year old God who fell in love with munch chocolate.
A Muslim child fell ill and was chanting Murugan’s name all night. The family took him to the temple the next day, and as guided by the priest, they offered prasad to God. The kid was stubborn about only offering munch chocolate, and he surprisingly recovered at that very time.
Since then, every devotee travelling to this temple offers munch chocolate to the shrine.
Azhagar Kovil Temple, Tamil Nadu
Near to Madurai is the Azhagar Kovil temple. Also known is Lord Vishnu temple.
Here the devotees are offered dosa as prasad. Here the dosa is made of black urad dal and ghee, and people from far and wide travel to this place to try the dosa.
Here devotees also offer grains along with the dosa to the Lord.
Kal Bhairav Nath Temple, Varanasi
In the holy city of Varanasi, a reincarnated form of Lord Shiva is worshipped also known as Lord Kal bhairav Nath.
Here the only offering given to God is alcohol be it whiskey or wine and the same is distributed as prasad to the devotee.
There are others too hitting the list. Celebrities are too worshipped as Gods in certain parts of the country like we have Sonia Gandhi temple, Modi temple, Amitabh Bacchan temple as well as Sachin temple.
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