India is known as the Land of Temples. With Hindus believing and worshipping more than 33 million Gods, it comes as no surprise then that a temple can be found in every street of the country. While a majority of these temples have their unique selling points (USPs), there are some that truly stand out because of the mysteries associated with them.
Here is a list of 7 such enigmatic temples that will leave you wondering:
1) Nidhi Van Temple, Uttar Pradesh
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Nidhi Van temple complex comprises an evergreen forest that houses the Rang Mahal. The trees in the forest remain green throughout the year, inspite of the land being dry and the trees being hollow.
It is believed that Krishna and Radha come to the temple every night to perform ‘raas leela’ and the trees, who are actually gopis, join in. The sound of ghungroos can be heard and light can be seen coming from the forest at night. Anybody who tries to see what is happening in the forest at night either becomes blind, loses his/her sanity or dies.
2) Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
The idol of Lord Balaji in this temple has a sustained temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Further, in the winter, the idol sweats. No scientists have been able to explain why this happens.
3) Veerbhadra Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Though there are 70 pillars in the temple, the most remarkable one is the hanging pillar. This floating pillar does not touch the ground. Devotees visiting the temple pass a cloth or paper under the pillar to test its claim.
4) Jagannath Temple, Orissa
The Jagannath Temple has a number of mysteries associated with it. Nobody has been able to explain why the flag atop the temple flies in the opposite direction of the wind or why one cannot see the shadow of the main dome during any time of the day. To cook the prasad, seven pots are stacked on top of each other. But the food in the topmost pot cooks first and the food in the bottom-most pot cooks the last. Further, every day the same quantity of food is cooked, but it is able to feed all the devotees who visit the temple-be it thousands of devotees or even lakhs of devotees. None of the prepared prasad ever gets wasted.
5) Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kerala
This Hindu temple has seven secret vaults. Although six of these vaults have been opened on the request of the Supreme Court of India, one vault still remains locked. There are no visible locks or latches on this vault. It is believed that this particular vault can only be opened by chanting a secret mantra. It is also believed that if this vault is opened using any other means, the consequences of doing so will be dreadful.
6) Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam
One of the oldest of the 51 shaktipeethas, this temple has the yoni or vagina of Devi Sati covered in a red sari. Every monsoon, when the devi menstruates, the temple is shut down for three days. During this time, even the water in the underground spring of the temple turns red.
7) Jwalaji Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Also dedicated to Devi Sati, this temple has a fire that has been burning for more than a century. The unusual part is that scientists have been unable to figure out where the fuel for this fire comes from.
Though there are more temples that have unresolved mysteries, a trip to some of these temples to “see it to believe it” is worth the effort.