India has attractive and astonishing architectural sites, monuments, places and temples built by different prominent personalities. Temples are the heart of the country; many temples have an exciting and mysterious history that people still believe in and its spiritual significance. Let’s take a look below at the top 10 mysterious temples which are an attraction to the tourists-
1. Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
Located in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, Mehandipur Balaji is the most mysterious temple of India. People worldwide visit here in thousands daily to eliminate any negative energy, ghosts, spirits, and other evil energies. Sounds strange and exciting, but in the premise of the temple, there is a place known as pret raj Ji, where people are chained up, hanging on a wall, some beat their heads up on the wall are kept, pour boiling water onto themselves but are cured by the priests who do the exorcism. It is the and oldest temple where exorcism in the country persists, and many people have reported that they get cured after coming here. Every year and every day, people flooded here in thousands to get their strange disorders or problems solved that no other medicine, doctor or psychiatry can treat.
Another bizarre thing one can find here is that people do not get any Prasad to the people, and people are told to leave the temple without turning back to avoid them going with some other negative spirit with them. If you want to visit some exciting scenario and witness some supernatural chills and thrills, this is the place for you!
2. Kamakhya Temple, Asam
Ironically, menstruation is still taboo in India, but there is a mysterious temple in India known as the Kamakhya temple, where people worship a goddess who bleeds. In the temple’s premise, there is a stone in the shape of yoni (vagina), which people believe in falling from the corpse of Sati when Lord Shiva carry her. This temple is the abode of the goddess Kamakhya, and it is one of the oldest 51 Shakti Peethas. Parched on the Nilachal hills of Assam, the Kamakhya temple remain closes for three days when the goddess bleed every year during the monsoon. Besides, there is a fertility/ Ambubachi Mela festival that people celebrates here till the temple opens on the fourth day. There are many talks that underground water turns red during these three days, but there is still no logical or scientific reason behind the occurrence.
Another interesting fact is that priests give red cloth to people to cover the yoni during menstruation days as an offering to the goddess and Prasad for the people. If you want to visit such divine magic, then this place for you!
3. Jagannath Temple, Odisha
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Jagannath Temple is the most revered temple of India that lies in puri. This temple holds a tremendous spiritual significance due to its Rath Yatra, but this is not the only famous reason. There are some mysterious talks about this temple related to its flag, winds and Prasad. Many archaeologists state that the flag atop the temple always floats in the opposite direction of the wind. About which any scientific community cannot explain the reason. Another mysterious fact about this temple is its no-fly zone as one cannot find any flying aeroplane or birds up here, and it is not due to any state government but due to some divine power. In this temple, still, a bizarre 1800- year old ritual is followed where every day a priest climbs the temple (45-storeyed building) and changes the direction of the flag; if it is not then, there are talks that the temple will shut down for 18 years.
There are many other mysterious and strange things about this temple which one should witness once in a lifetime. If you want to visit a temple that does not cast any shadow throughout the day, then this is the place to be!
4. Stambheshwar Temple, Gujarat
Researchers consider one of the most mysterious temples of India that can amaze and stun you. This temple is an abode of Lord Shiva, to whom people worship here after visiting it throughout the year. But, an astonishing and mysterious thing about this temple is its ability to disappear and re-emerge at the time of high and low tides. Thrilling? Yes, the Stambheshwar temple emerges at the seashore during a low tide, and people visit it in hundreds. Still, when high tides start occurring, the temple gets submerged/ swallowed in the sea entirely without leaving any trace. When immersed in the sea, one cannot ever guess that there is a temple at the sea’s shore. The mysterious thing is that when high tides get low, this temple appears again clearly, and people can easily visit it.
If you to witness this extraordinary divine power with your eyes, this is the place to be. Dare yourself to unravel the mystery which has not been decode yet!
5. Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Believed to be one of India’s wealthiest temples, one can find the Venkateswara temple in Tirupati; Andhra Pradesh is one of India’s revered temples. It is the abode of the Lord Vishnu, but along with its spiritual significance, bizarre and mysterious things also occur here. Let’s take a look at that. Unlikely other temples, in Venkateswara temple, devotees do not offer any flowers, ornaments, jewellery or Prasad as a sacrifice or offering; instead, here, they sacrifice human hair for the lord. Every day, tonnes of devotes turned up to this temple to worship Lord Vishnu and sacrifice their human hair in the halls of the temple, which remains filled up by the barbers. This temple makes more than 6 million tonnes of dollars each year from around 12,000 pilgrimages visiting here every day. Many archaeologists state that these human hairs later are exported to foreign countries to make wigs and extract serum for food preservatives.
It is one of the lucrative markets one can ever find in India, which even pushes devotees to sacrifice their hair. If you want to view this lucrative and most prosperous market, then this place for you!
6. Kaal Bhairav Mandir Mandir, Varanasi
This is the place where one can witness this bizarre and exciting situation. Located in the holy city of Varanasi, Kaal Bhairav Mandir Mandir is the abode of Lord Kaal Bhairav Mandir, the reincarnation of Lord Shiva. Unlikely, in other temples, people offer sweets and other religious items to the deity. Still, here the only thing deity is offered Alcohol (Liquor), and then later, liquor is also distributed among the visitors as a Prasad. It is strange, but it is a reality in the temple of India that the deity is only offered alcohol, in any form, whiskey or wine. Priests poured it directly into the lord’s mouth, which the lord drinks (many reports say this), making this temple a most revered and exciting one to visit. Unlikely other temples, Kaal Bhairav Mandir Mandir, has shops and stalls outside from where people buy liquor (alcohol, wine and whiskey) for the deity’s offerings.
Isn’t this exciting and interesting to see how the lord drinks liquor, and this is the only Prasad offered to the visitors. If you want to have such an experience, then this is the place to be!
7. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala
Also known as Sree Kurumba Bhagavati Temple, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is a Hindu temple in Kerala’s Thrissur district. This temple is the abode of goddess Bhadrakali, the reincarnation of goddess Mahakali who worships in Kerala and the temple’s premise. This temple has numerous Tamil poems and inscriptions of different times. Along with its revered significance, this temple has its own bizarre and strange rituals that makeup up its position on the list of mysterious temples of India. Herein, people have a 7-day festival where they beat themselves with a sword and beat on their heads till they bleed. Later, everyone goes inside the temple and hail abuses and lewd songs to the goddess. Another bizarre occurrence is that people throw offerings on the statue, and this temple remains closed after seven days; the staff cleans off the blood.
If you want to see such a bizarre and strange scenario, you should visit this temple! This temple is one of the famous temples among tourists.
8. Nidhivan Temple, Varanasi
Known by many names as Bankey Bihari, Murlidhar, Leela Dhar Temple, Nidhivan temple is one of India’s most mysterious temples. One can found this temple in the holy city of Vrindavan, which is the abode of Lord Krishna. This temple is in Nidhi van, surrounded by dense forests dedicated to Lord Krishna, whom people worship here. Many mysterious things are associated with this temple, as one of them includes many trees in the ground of the temple intertwined. Still, these trees always remain green throughout the year, even when being in a dry region. Interesting right? Yes.
Another exciting fact people notice here is that the trunks, roots and wells are seen hollow from inside, which leaves everybody in a mystery and question. All these mysteries have grabbed a lot of attention and visitors throughout the world. Another mysterious fact which local residers report about that after the sunset, lord Krishna dances. And, he does Raas Leela in the evening with gopis in the premise of the temple. And many people also have reported that they listen to the sounds of ghungroos at night.
Do you also want to witness such fantastic beauty of nature and the lord’s divine power, then this is the place for you to be, and it is one of the most famous temples among tourists.
9. Devji Maharaj Mandir, Madhya Pradesh
Here comes another temple where people visit throughout the year to get rid of ghosts, spirits, demons and other negative energies. This temple is in the State Madhya Pradesh, during full moon every month; devotees in thousands visit this temple every year to help themselves or their loved ones being away from any negative energies rituals in this temple. Another mysterious occurrence of the temple is bhoot-Mela, which occurs on the temple’s grounds to appease the evil spirits or demons. On the grounds, people get rid of demons, evil spirits, and light camphor tablets on their hands as a penance, and holy water sprinkled over everybody during the whole moon night. People use brooms or stick to hit some negative energy within them until the demon breaks away.
If you want to witness this thrilling bhoot-Mela, then this is the place for you! Researchers have mentioned it in the list of one of the most mysterious temples of India.
10. Brihadeeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu
Rajarajeswaram temple is a Hindu temple near the south bank of the Kaveri River in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. This temple is one of the oldest, revered and most active temples as people frequently visit throughout the year. This temple is an abode to Lord Shiva and one of the largest south Indian temples. Raja Raja Chola built this temple, and the temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples“. There are various mysterious facts about this temple, including that Raja built some secret tunnels and passages inside the temple, which leads to his palace and other destinations. Many archaeologists report some underground tunnels and paths that lead to some dangerous spots, and one can also not find the route as there is no map. Another mysterious fact of this temple is that it does not cast a shadow too. Quite strange? But, yes, it is a reality that shows how miracles happen in Indian temples.
If you want to witness a fantastic beauty and an example of an exciting mystery, then you should not miss this place!
Thus, these are the ten topmost mysterious temples that you should not be miss!