India an incredible country also, known as the land of diversity which has a rich history of Vedic civilization. An ancient country that is full of various traditions, religions, languages, customs, and dialects. In India, there are more than 2 million Hindu Temples.
Here is the list of the 10 Mysterious Temple in India which are famous across the world.
1. Karni Mata Temple-
It is known as India’s one of the weirder attraction which is located at Deshnok (3km away from Bikaner, Rajasthan). Karni Mata, an incarnation of Durga was born in the 14th century and she performed so many miracles during her lifetime. This extraordinary temple is famous as the temple of rats because more than 25,000 black rats live and revered there. These rats are considered holy and known as the “kabbas” and people treat them with respect. The building was created in the Mughal style which gets huge attention from the visitors.
2. Kanyakumari Devi Temple-
It is known as the “Sakthi” a form of goddess Shree Bhagavathy, situated on the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea, Kanya Kumari, Tamilnadu. It is one of 51 Shakti Peetha. It is believed that the spine area of the Goddess Sati fell here and devotees feel tears into their eye while praying. It is also, famous for Pathala Ganga Theertham and Kalabhairava Shrine which are meant to protect the Goddess Devi Kumari.
3. Meru Religion Spot Kailash Parvat-
Mount Kailash is located in a remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan, Himalayas and known for being sacred in four main religions Jainism, Hinduism, Bon, and Buddhism. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva resides along with his wife Goddess Parvati and meditates here. Visiting there brings a good fortune to the devotee’s life. The path of mount Kislash is 52 km long and it takes approximately 15 hours to cover this which is not an easy task at all. Still, millions of devotees manage to come here because it is believed that the stairways on Mount Kailash lead to heaven.
4. Shani Shingnapur-
It is situated in Maharashtra and well known for the popular temple of the Shani, away from 35 km from Ahmednagar city. Shingnapur is a famous village where in the house, they do not have doors. It is strongly believed that God Shani punishes the thieves. The shrine of Shani is 51/2 feet in height and made of black rock installed in the open air. In front of this, the small image of Shiva and Hanuman is placed. Image Trishula and a Nandi are placed on the south side. It is believed that the most auspicious day to appearing Shani is Amavasya. Earlier, the entries of the women devotees were prohibited but after 8 April 2016, they are allowed.
5. Somnath Temple-
Somnath Temple is located in Prabhas Kshetra, Saurashtra (Gujarat), one of the oldest pilgrimage centers and known as a protector of the God Moon. It was built in the honor of Lord Shiva and built on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Also, famous for the “jyotirlingas” that is one out of the existing 12 in India. It is believed that Lord Krishna left his mortal body in Prabhas Kshetra.
6. Ajanta Ellora Temple-
This temple is one of the important UNESCO World Heritage site, located 250 miles from Mumbai. The Ajanta caves are Buddhist and have the beautiful ancient paintings where the Ellora caves are the mixture of Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist and better known for extraordinary architecture. Undoubtedly, the most famous and the center of attraction is Kailash Temple at Ellora and you can get the incredible view of the temple by climbing on the hill around it. The main highlights of these temples are the life-size elephant sculptures which are completely outstanding. All the sculptures are crafted by hand with the help of hammer and chisel which makes it incomprehensible and unique.
7. Khajuraho Temple-
This is famous for the nagara-style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures, located in
Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh. Built-in 9th to 12th century and it is believed that the temple site had 85 temples but only 25 have survived till now. There are so many stories behind these erotic sculptures and one of the interpretations is that leave your lust and desires before entering the temple and after entering inside the temple you will not craving for sex. As per Hindu philosophy, it represents the depiction of Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha.
8. Kaal Bhairo Temple Ujjain-
This temple is located on the banks of the Shipra River, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and dedicated to Kal Bhairav. Offering liquor to the deity makes it unique and famous. The structure of the temple represents the Maratha influence. The face of God is a form of rock layered with vermilion and kumkuma. Silver head of the deity with the Maratha-style pagri makes it more attractive and mesmerizing. Baba Kal Bhairo is considered as the Senapati of the city. It is believed that the once devotee offers a liquor bottle to the priest and he pours it into a saucer and puts near the lips of the God’s statue. It starts disappearing slowly which is considered as a miracle and 1/3rd of the bottle is returned as a Prasad to the devotee.
9. Jwala Devi Temple-
This is dedicated to the Goddess Durga, located in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh. Another famous name of this temple is Jwala ji or Jwala Mukhi. There is no idol placed but a lamp keeps burning and this is what makes it unique. An amazing fact is that it keeps burning without any source. This is known as one of the Shakti Stal and flame itself is a goddess.
10. Jagannath Temple Puri-
It was build in the 12th century and located in Puri(Orissa) also popular as Jagannath Puri across the world. This is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is one of the four holiest places in India. The idol of Lord Krishna is placed between the idols of Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter its premises. The magnificent look can be seen from the top of the Raghunandan Library which is just opposite to the temple. Famous RathYatra gives the opportunity to get the gimps of the God Krishna along with his brother (Balabhadra) and sister (Subhadra). Millions of people pull the sacred chariot that creates a mesmerizing spectacle.
If you get the opportunity to visit any of the temples then you are such a blessed human. While visiting, you will feel the exception of inner peace which cannot be expressed in worlds. You will be amazed and left with some unanswered questions which have not solved yet even by the science.