Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

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Although idol worship is prevalent and accepted in Hindu temples, several unusual and mysterious temples in India exist. Here are a few of them that you would like to visit.

Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Chinese Kali Temple: Tangra’s Chinese Kali Mata Temple is so named because it is worshipped by the Chinese people. Tangra is referred as Chinatown in Kolkata as  Chinese migrants who have lived in this town for many generations are its residents. Even though the Kali statue is identical to all other idols, what makes the location special is the prasad. It includes dishes like noodles, chop suey, and rice and vegetables. Even though the people there are mainly Buddhists and Christians, a Chinese Kali Temple here is a special example of how different cultures may coexist. (Image Source: Twitter)

Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Aeroplane Gurudwara: Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Ji Gurudwara, often known as the Aeroplane Gurudwara, is a unique place in the country. Visa seekers frequently visit this holy place. It is said that if you pray at this temple and present a toy aeroplane, your visa will arrive quickly. Whoever had the bizarre idea to present aeroplanes to the shrine is unknown,  however there is a tale behind this peculiar local superstition. Many years ago, a group of boys who were waiting for their visas offered toy aeroplanes at the gurudwara and prayed for the fulfilment of their wish to go abroad. And their wish was granted! Since then, the shrine is popularly known as Aeroplane Gurudwara or Hawai Jahaz Gurudwara. The toy aeroplanes are gathered at the end of each day and distributed as prasad to young children who come to pay their respects. (Image Source: Twitter)

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Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Duryodhana Temple: There are many places where heroes and their epic actions are honored around the world, but it is quite uncommon to come across a shrine dedicated to a villain. A special shrine honouring the notorious King Duryodhana, the main antagonist of the epic Mahabharata, is located in Malanada. Legend has it that after getting exhausting with his relentless pursuit of the Pandavas, Duryodhana was provided food and shelter by the Kuravas, a group of people. The King gave them land holdings as a token of thanks and prayed for their well-being. The priest at this temple in the Kollam district is still a member of the Kurava ethnic group. The most unusual aspect of this shrine is that it has no sanctum sanctorum or idol of the king. There is only a raised platform called Mandapam where the devotees can pray and meditate. The temple is well-known for its yearly Kettukazhcha festival, which is observed with much fanfare and opulence. (Image Source: Twitter)

Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Muthappan temple: This temple honours Shree Muthappan, who is believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, and is situated in Kerala’s Kannur district. Interestingly, Muthappan is always followed by a dog, which is why the temple entrance has a few statues of dogs. Even outside the temple, in the main temple area, you can observe dogs! This Hindu temple does not adhere to Brahminical customs like other Hindu temples. At this temple, worshippers present fish and toddy. This temple is open to people of all faith and religion.  As prasadam, devotees are given tea and boiled green gram. (Image Source: Twitter)

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Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Bullet Baba Temple: According to legend, Om Singh Rathore, the son of the local leader, had an accident when his motorcycle crashed into a tree and he died as a result. The motorcycle was seized by the police, but the next day it was back in the same place! The cops locked the motorcycle and drained the gas tank, thinking it was a joke. They were shocked to discover it unchained and in the same location as the accident. The people erected a shrine for the bullet motorcycle and its owner after learning of this miracle. Motorcyclists and drivers who pass the shrine stop by and pay respect by either offering liquor or sprinkling it on the statue of Rathore. (Image Source: Twitter)

Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Visa Balaji Temple: There are countless people waiting to obtain a Visa due to Indians’ obsession with travelling overseas. Being firm believers of the almighty , Indians have turned to divine intervention to obtain their priceless visas to their desired location at the Balaji Temple in Chilkur, which is located in the outskirts of Hyderabad. It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara blesses everyone who is in need of visas. (Image Source: Twitter)

Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Monkey Temple: Popular temple complex Galtaji is located close to Jaipur. Due to the “Monkeys” who live there, Galtaji Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple. In India, some think that Lord Hanuman is associated to monkeys, hence highly revered and adored. Galtaji Temple in Jaipur is affectionately known as the Monkey Temple and is home to a large population of langur and rhesus monkeys. (Image Source: Twitter)

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Unusual Temples In India Which Will Be Interesting To Visit

Karni Mata Temple: A highly well-known temple called Karni Mata Temple, often known as the “temple of rats,” is located 30 kilometres from Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan near Deshnoke. The temple is well-known throughout India for housing 20,000 black rats, which are adored there. These rats are known as “kabbas” and are regarded as holy. Many people travel great distances to come to this temple solely to worship these rats and fulfil their desires. Due to the presence of these “rats,” the temple receives a large number of interested visitors from all around India. (Image Source: Twitter)

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