Step Inside in One of the Most Peculiar Temples of India
by Tanvi Vohra, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Let the inner god that is in each one of us speak. The temple is your body, and the priest is your heart: it is from here that everything must begin.
If the facts of the country are stated, it will shock you that India has nearly 2 million Hindu temples and the number is continuously increasing. India has been known to be the land of social awakening and is the home of some amazing temples with the most beautiful architecture. Indians believe in God and that they reside in temples. Our belief is said to give a way to solutions that we fail to find, even after numerous attempts. Well, I agree with the fact that the rituals that these temples follow may at times be absurd and unconventional and so you may be shocked to know that there are several unique temples in India that many of us were unaware about.
The Amitabh Bachchan Temple
The temple is situated in Ballygunge, Kolkata and was constructed by Sanjay Patodia. He considers himself not just a fan of Amitabh Bachchan but also his devotee and so he dedicated this temple to him. The temple prior had the throne and pair of shoes that the veteran actor wore in his movie, Agneepath.
Mehandipur Balaji Mandir
The temple is situated in the Dausa district of Rajasthan and is dedicated to the God Hanuman. The temple marks spiritual healing of soul by pulling out the evil spirits that reside within us. Banging of head and hanging from the walls of the temple is not an unusual sight in this temple. In addition to this, the devotees are asked not to look back once they have left the temple.
Devji Maharaj Mandir
The temple is Madhya Pradesh is known for its annual Bhoot Mela which is conducted in the temple. The devotees visit the temple on a full moon night in order to make an attempt to drive out the evil spirits living within them. The most common practice seen here is lighting camphor on palms.
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
Situated in the Thrissur District of Kerala, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The devotees of this goddess are generally seen singing lewd songs and speaking verbal abuses during the annual Bharani festival. As per the followers of the deity, it is done in order to please the Goddess.
The temple is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is not just unique but is also extremely famous mainly because of its 100 year old annual Bani festival. This festival involves men taking Lathis and hitting each other till midnight. This is done in order to pay respect to the killing of a demon by Lord Shiva.
The Chinese Kali Mata Temple
The temple, which is situated in Tangra, Kolkata is unique as the Kali Ma’s temples in India have no limits, but this temple prays the deity in Chinese manner. The temple in Kolkata's Chinatown district gives Prasad of noodles to the devotees’ and only Chinese incense sticks are lit in this temple.
Gata Loops Bottle Temple
The temple is a bare ground that you may come across in the Manali-Leh highway. It is dedicated to the ghost of Gata Loop. The positive vibe of this temple is that is provides riders on the Manali-Leh highway free water bottles for their journey. Thus, the ironic significance of the existence of this temple is quite clear.
The Dog Temple
The Dog Temple in Channapatna, Karnataka is a temple specially built by the people of the area for the dogs. The temple has a proper figure of a dog that is seen by the people as a deity and the reason behind this honour is to pay tribute to their faithful nature.
Some of us were aware about the existence of all these temples while I am sure there are a lot of people out there who had no clue about even one of these. All these temples are beautiful in their own way. How many of these temples were you aware about? Stay tuned for more Travel updates.