India or “the land of spiritual bliss” is washed by the holy river waters. It is a land of the Lords that leave behind their imprints and divine presence for an eternity.
Our nation is marked by a number of holy temples constructed by the great kings who ruled India. Strong mythological myths have made these temples the religious hubs of India. People from all over the world visit these temples to take part in a wide array of fairs and festivals organized within their premises.
But some of these temples are weird, strange or unusual because of unconventional deities, exorcism rites and ancient history that date back to 2000 years in the past.
Let’s have a look at these eccentric temples of India!!
Mahendipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
The famous temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated in the Dausa district. Every day thousands of devotees turn up at this temple to get rid of ghosts and demons. Practices, like pouring boiling water on oneself, hanging from the ceiling, chaining themselves to walls, and banging their heads against the walls, are done to rid a person of all the evil things.
Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
Perched at the top of the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, Assam, it is one of the most famous temples for exorcism and magic rituals. There is no sculpture to worship; however, what it does have is the alleged ‘female part’ of Devi Sati, carved in stone and covered with a red silk sari.
Every year during monsoon, the goddess menstruates, and the temple is closed down for three days. The underground spring that flows in the sanctum of the temple turns red on these three days.
Devji Maharaj Mandir, Madhya Pradesh
Devotees come to rid themselves of ghosts and demons at Devji Maharaj Mandir. A common practice performed here is the lighting of camphor tablets on bare palms to scare the evil spirit that resides within to leave the body. But the weirdest tradition held here is the annual ghost fair to appease evil spirit.
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala
This temple witnesses a bizarre seven-day festival known as the Bharani Festival which is celebrated annually. The men and women wear red apparel and carry swords, hitting their heads with it. They enter the temple hurling abuses, singing lewd songs dedicated to the Devi with blood flowing profusely from their cuts. All in all, it presents a gory sight.
Venkateshwara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
The Venkateshwara temple is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishnu, a god that accepts human hair as a symbol of sacrifice. The temple is one of the most historical temples in India. It has two huge halls lined by barbers, reaching nearly 75 tons of hair annually and earning more than 6.5 million USD.
Stambheshwar Mahadev, Gujarat
This temple is located close to Vadodara in Gujarat and shares shores with the Arabian Sea. It is one of the most famous temples in India. Lord Shiva resides here and blesses those who dare to venture into it. The only weird thing about this temple is that it can be visited during low tides. When high tides occur, the temple gets submerged in the sea waters.
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
This perhaps is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India. The inner walls of the temple are embedded with silver coins that bear the name of the donors and devotees.
Kal Bhairav Nath Temple, Varanasi
The only offerings that are made to God here are alcohol, be it whiskey or wine. Alcohol is poured directly into the deity’s open mouth, and the same is offered to devotees as Prasad.
Devaragattu Temple, Andhra Pradesh
This temple, based in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is famous for the Bani Festival. Every year on Dussehra, devotees from both the states gather in huge number with lathis, to hit each other on their heads until midnight!
So what are you waiting for? Go and and visit these mysterious temples of India to witness the most amazing wonders!!!