10 MOST FAMOUS TEMPLES IN INDIA THAT WILL PIQUE YOUR INTEREST
Who said temples are only for the religious ones? India is a quirky country and it is full of odd shrines mushrooming out of nowhere. From eerie to experimental to downright ridiculous, you will be able to find them all. Here are ten unique and FAMOUS TEMPLES IN INDIA that you must visit at least once in your life:
OM BANNA TEMPLE, RAJASTHAN
After the life of a man named Om Singh Rathore was claimed by a fatal accident, his bike was taken to the police station but it kept popping up mysteriously at the accident site (NH-65). So his 350-cc Bullet was enshrined. We already know people who worship bikes; this just takes it to the next level.
CHINESE KALI TEMPLE, KOLKATA
Conflicted between Chinese dinner and temple visit? Get both at this unusual temple at Tangra. Though the presiding deity is Goddess Kali, the temple is maintained by Chinese residents. The Prasad? Noodles, chopsuey and fried rice.
CHAIN TREE, KERALA
Once upon a time, a young tribal guided a British man through the Thamarassery Ghat, only to be killed in return. His tormented soul haunted travelers till it was finally pacified by puja and tied to this tree. The chains are still draped around the eerie tree shrine.
AEROPLANE GURUDWARA, PUNJAB
What do you do to travel abroad? Offer a miniature airplane model at this unique shrine, or so it seems. Locals strongly believe that praying here grants travel wishes. The best part? The offered toys are distributed among the underprivileged children.
BHARAT MATA TEMPLE, VARANASI
This temple is not devoted to any deity, but all the brave warriors who lost their lives in the fight for freedom. The attraction is the detailed marble relief map of India. Plus, it was inaugurated by our very own Bapuji in 1936. Definitely worth a visit!
VISA HANUMAN, GUJARAT
This is where you ask for divine intervention in visa matters. Praying at this shrine supposedly guarantees visa approval. Since it accepts no monetary offerings, people throng to this place before visa interviews.
SACHIN TENDULKAR TEMPLE, BIHAR
If cricket is heaven, then our Little Master is definitely a god. So actor Manoj Tiwari decided that a shrine had to be built to honour Sachin Tendulkar. It is supposed to accommodate other icons of Indian cricket too, eventually.
TRAFFIC GANESHA, BENGALURU
Myth goes that Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar was on a ride from Mysore to Bengaluru. Suddenly his car came to a halt. Having no other option, he started walking and on his way, came across this temple. He prayed here and the car engine started running smoothly again. It is believed that performing a puja here helps avert accidents.
STAMBHESHWAR MAHADEV, GUJARAT
Situated on the coast of Arabian Sea, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It appears to love playing peek-a-boo. During the high tide, it gets completely submerged. So make sure you visit it during the low tide. Unless of course, you own a scuba suit.
KARNI MATA TEMPLE, RAJASTHAN
Goddess Karni is believed to have said that all her family members would be reincarnated as rats to dodge death. So be prepared to witness the army of over 20,000 rats. They are all cared for and worshipped by the temple authorities!
Are you entertained? Then shake off those pre-conceived notions about temples and set out to explore. Who knows, you might come across many more on the way and help add to this list.
Do check out Women Mystics and Sufi Shrines in India (Studies in Comparative Religion) too to get hold of many amazing and unique shrines in India.