MOST STRANGE TEMPLES IN INDIA
India has a rich history with strong roots of faith in spirituality and religion. Ample of Indians have a habit of religious practices. But only some have the curiosity to know about the strange stories, rituals and superstitious beliefs behind it. Now let’s have a gaze at the strange and unusual temples in India.
1) SRI KAALBHAIRAVNATH TEMPLE (MADHYA PRADESH) – OFFERS LIQUOR TO GOD
KalBhairav in Ujjain who oversees the time is one of the manifestation of Lord Shiva. The worship of this temple belongs to Shavite tradition which has the unique custom of offering liquor to deity, who enjoys his drink and recovers his devotees from their malady. It is not only the devotees offer alcohol l to deity, but it is the only Prashad distributed to the devotees.
2) BHARAT MATA TEMPLE (UTTAR PRADESH) –WORSHIP OF MOTHER INDIA
It’s a unique temple in Varanasi, which is built before the partition of India. It has a colossus map of Mother India carved out of white marble. The most peculiar thing is it does not have any statue of God or Goddesses indeed have a model of undivided India depicting its natural boundaries. It is the only temple dedicated to Bharat Mata.
3) MUMMY TEMPLE (HIMACHAL PRADESH) –MUMMIFIED MONK
The 500 year old mummies in Gue village, Spiti district undergo natural preservation inside the glass case with the help of the freezing weather condition in that particular area. It is said that monk SaughaTenzin is remarkably preserved, because he started the process of mummification while he was alive. The villagers started worshipping the mummy.
4) KARNI MATA TEMPLE (RAJASTHAN) -RAT GOD
Karni Mata temple in Deshnok is famously known for its worship of rats. Especially white rats are considered as holy. Since devotees believe rats as the manifestation of Karni Mata with her four children, they feed the rats with milk that roams around the premises. The tidbit of rats is provided to aficionado as prashad.
5) DOG TEMPLE (KARNATAKA) – FIDELITY
Hindus started worshipping dog as a god in a village in Channapatna.In order to show their gratitude towards dog for its faithful nature, people raised a statue of common dog and worshipped it. Primarily the dogs are believed to have some power of stopping wrong doings along with the deity.
6) STAMBHESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE (GUJARAT) –DISAPPEARING SHIVA
Stambheshwar Mahadev temple in Kavi Kamboi is widely known as submerging temple. It is merely located in the Bay of Cambay on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. What makes this Shiva Lingam unique is it can be viewed only during the low tide hours. Over the high tide hours, the shire of Shiva gets utterly disappears. So, it earned the name “DISAPPEARING TEMPLE OF MAHADEV”.