India is a land of culture and traditions. It is well known for its temples. Our culture and history includes many such mysterious temples that one would be amazed of. Indian temples lying in the different regions of the nation are filled with so many such mysteries that even scientists after researching for many years are not able to decode them.
Today I am going to tell you about some of the unusual temples exhibiting mysteries.
Jwala Ji Temple
Jwala Ji Temple is situated in the lower Himalayan town of Jawalamukhi in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is popular among the followers because of the Jwala( Jyoti of Devi ) which is burning continuously since 100 years
Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata Temple is located in a small town of DeshNok in Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, the incarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is famously known as Rat Temple because the temple houses thousands of rats that are fed, protected and worshipped. It is said that when the Goddess youngest son drowned, she asked Yamraj (the god of death) to bring him back to life. But when Yamraj denied her request, she herself brought her son back to life and proclaimed that none of her family members would die and they would in fact incarnate in the form of rats. A glimpse of white rats (believed to be manifestations of Karni Mata herself and her four sons) is considered auspicious and fruitful.
Virupaksha temple is located in Hampi. Temple is noted for its architecture and has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, as the consort of the local goddess Pampa who is associated with the Tungabhadra River. Virupaksha is an avatar of Lord Shiva, and among all the surrounding ruins, this temple is intact and is still in use. It is believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since the small shrine was built in the 7th century AD which makes it one of the oldest functioning Hindu temples in India.
The small historical village of Lepakshi is home to many ancient relics and architectural marvels. One of them is the Hanging Pillar of the Lepakshi temple. There are around 70 pillars of the temple but out of that one hangs without any support. Visitors pass objects under the pillar to check if the claim is true. According to locals, passing objects under the pillar brings prosperity to one’s life.
Shani Shinganapur or Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district, the village is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. The uniqueness of this small village is that none of the houses in this village has doors for safety. The people here believe that it is the blessing of the god that no crime ever happens in this village.
A community in Channapatna’s Ramanagar district has erected an unusual temple in honour of man’s best friend. The temple to the dog has been built in a small village in Chennapatna taluk of Ramanagar district. It is 60 kilometers from Bangalore and perhaps this is the only temple built in modern times dedicated to a canine. Villagers believe that the dog can stop any wrong doing. They say that the dog is always with the village deity and works alongside the goddess.
Pamban Rameshwaram Temple
Rameshwaram Pamban Temple is situated on Pamban Island and is separated from the Indian mainland by the Pamban Channel. It is believed that Lord Rama have built a bridge across Lanka to rescue Sita from this place. Stones used to build the bridge had Lord Rama’s name engraved on them and they never sank in water. The curious fact is that such ‘floating stones’ are still found around Rameshwaram