India is a country known for its people and their religiosity. Since the Hindus of India practice idol worshipping, temples are given much importance here. Mostly, Indian temples are known for being architecturally marvelous and astonishing, but some are known for being mysterious too.
Following are the temples which can be considered as the most mysterious Indian temples:
6. Karni Mata Temple- The Temple of Rats
Most people think of rats as the carriers of deadly diseases, but there is one place in India that is known for worshipping rats for years. The Karni Mata Temple situated in Deshnoke. Rajasthan is a temple where Hindu Goddess Karni Mata is worshiped as the main deity. The temple is populated by over 20,000 black rats which are revered by the people.
The devotees willingly eat the food nibbled by the rats considering it as holy. Among the thousands of black rats in the temple, a few number of white rats can also be seen. Spotting them, though difficult, is considered as especially holy by the locals. People can also be seen offerings sweets to attract the white rats.
If a rat is killed by anyone, then it must be replaced with one made of solid silver. What’s more mysterious is that there has not been a single reported case of a rat biting anyone.
5. Lepakshi Temple – The Hanging Pillar
The Lepakshi Temple, also known as the Veerbhadra Temple, is a Hindu temple situated in Anantapur District in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This temple was constructed by two brothers namely Viranna and Virupanna in the Vijaynagar style of architecture during the 16th century. Lord Veerbhadra is worshiped as the main deity in this temple.
The temple is considered as the place where, according to the Hindu mythology, the bird god Jatayu breathed his last while trying to rescue Goddess Sita from the King of Lanka i.e. Ravana. The most intriguing feature of this marvelous temple is a pillar which does not rest on the ground, hence the name ” Hanging Pillar .”
The visitors to the temple can be seen passing cloth pieces through the noticeable space between the pillar and the temple. The astounding pillar has baffled the engineers who have tried to crack its mystery.
4. Nandishwara Teertha Temple- The Continuous Stream of Water
Believed to be 7,000 years old by the local people, the Nandishwar Teertha Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and his vehicle Nandi. It is situated near the Kadu Malleshwar Temple in Bangalore.
Discovered in 1999, while an excavation project, the temple is made completely of stone and is enclosed within a courtyard supported by pillars. The statue of Nandi bull is carved out of stone, and its eyes are painted in gold. The Shivlinga of the temple continuously bathed by the water which flows from the mouth of the Nandi statue. But the main source of the continuous stream of water has remained a mystery.
3. The Musical Pillars of Vittala Temple.
The Village of Hampi in the southern part of India is well-known for its temples that show the architectural knowledge of the medieval people. But one temple stands among the rest – The Vittala Temple, which is believed to be built-in the 16th century, houses one of the biggest mysteries of Indian Temples.
Inside the temple, there are seven minor pillars which surround a major pillar and all the seven pillars produce sounds when they are tapped. Each of the pillars represents a musical instrument and the sounds emitted by them depend on the kind of instrument they represent – either wind, string or percussion instrument.
The Britishers, being amazed by this archaeological wonder, wanted to know the reason behind the same. As a result, they cut two pillars to check their insides but found nothing. The devotees and visitors can still see those pillars in the temple.
2. The Jagannath Puri Temple – A Shrine of Mysteries
The world-famous Jagannath Puri temple has many mysteries surrounding. One can even compile a list of mysteries surrounding the temple itself. Being one of the historical and religious Char Dhams, the temple is visited by millions of tourists each year who desire to get a view of the beautiful Rath Yatra.
Following are the mysteries which have amazed the scientists as well as the local people for years:
a. The flag on top of the temple has been noticed to flap in the opposite direction of the wind.
b. Irrespective of the place you are standing in Puri, the Chakra atop the temple always seems to face you.
c. Birds or planes do not fly over the temple.
d. Food that is cooked inside the
temple is never wasted irrespective of the number of people visiting the temple.
e. Whatever be the time of the day, the shadow of the main dome of the temple is not visible.
f. The Singha Dwara entrance of the temple is a unique one. After taking the first step through the entrance, one cannot hear any sound produced by the ocean.
g. In the kitchen of the temple, seven pots are kept atop one another and cooked on firewood. During the process, the contents of the top pot get cooked first and then the bottom one.
There are various theories proposed by the people to solve these mysteries, but none of them has been confirmed. Such is the mystifying and spectacular architecture of this temple.
1. Shree Padmanabhswamy Temple – The Last Door
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Padmanabhswamy Temple is a holy shrine situated in Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala state.The temple recently garnered the attention of the world when it became the richest shrine in the world when its secret vaults were opened.
The six secret vaults contained an approximate of $22 Billion worth of gold in the form of jewelry, golden utensils, golden idols, diamond necklaces and much more such things. According to a report, a cache of 1,95,000 Gold coins weighing 800 kg and sets of Navaratnas (nine different kinds of diamonds) were also discovered.
Each coin of the cache was worth over 2.70 crore rupees. Some media reports have also mentioned about pure golden thrones; the thrones spotted with hundreds of diamonds being discovered. But, till date, a last secret door is yet to be opened by the Indian Government.
The mysterious door is completely made up of steel and has two Cobra portraits on its front whereas not a single nut or bolt has been used in the door. The local people and the priests in the temple believe that the door can only be opened by Sadhus who have the knowledge of extricating the ” Naga Pasam ” or ” Naga Bandham ” by chanting the Garuda Mantra.
Presently there is no such Sadhu or Mahapurush on Earth who can execute the Garuda Mantra properly. It is believed that if any human attempts are made to open the door, then it would likely lead to catastrophes. People have also reported hearing sounds of the oceans as well as the hissing of snakes from the inside of the door. The entire world has now become curious to know what is behind this mysterious door.