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Top Strange Temples In India Everyone Should Visit

Pradeep Dharmapalan
By Pradeep Dharmapalan
| 17 Jan 2024 02:09 PM
Top Strange Temples In India Everyone Should Visit

India is popular for its temples. When it comes to spirituality, India is one of the countries that top the list. Besides the regular temples, the country hosts several shrines and sacred places with unusual features, rituals, and practices.

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1. Bharat Mata Temple

Bharat Mata Temple
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The most unusual fact about this temple remains that it does not have a god, goddess, or a deity of any sort inside it. If you are looking for the top 10 mysterious temples in India, you can include this one in your bucket list.

Built before Indian independence, this temple is dedicated to Holy Mother India or Bharat Mata. This place is a tribute to all the fearless freedom fighters who gave us independence at the cost of their lives.

  • Location: Varanasi, UP
  • Best Seasons To Visit:Winter, spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 9:30 hrs. to 20.00 hrs.

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2. Karni Mata Temple

Karni Mata Temple
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Thousands of rats that roam about the temple independently remain the strangest fact about this temple which is one of the most holy places in India. The moment you step into the temple complex, you will be taken by surprise by these tiny creatures roaming everywhere.

Amongst these rats, the white ones are considered the sacred incarnation of the Goddess Karni and her sons. Devotees can also offer food, milk, etc., to these little rats.

  • Location:Rajasthan’s Deshnoke.
  • Best Seasons To Visit: Winter.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 4.00hrs. to 22.00 hrs.

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3. Aeroplane Gurudwara

Aeroplane Gurudwara
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A Gurudwara, dedicated to Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Ji is one of the strange places in India. Devotees believe that offering a toy aeroplane to this shrine helps them get their foreign visas faster and easily.

Therefore, hundreds of visa-seekers pray here every year and offer a toy aeroplane to the shrine. The best part about this holy shrine remains that these planes finally go to the children who come here to pray.

  • Location: Punjab’s Jalandhar.
  • Best Season To Visit: Autumn, Winter and Spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 5:00 hrs. to 20.00 hrs.

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4. Kal Bhairav Nath Temple

Kal Bhairav Nath Temple
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The Lord Shiva devotees find this temple particularly enchanting and emancipating for its location by the beautiful Shipra River. One of the top 10 holy places in India, the deity receives liquor amongst several other offerings here.

The local people believe that Lord Shiva drinks the liquor offered to him every time. Another unorthodox practice of this temple is that devotees get a part of this liquor as Prasad.

  • Location: Ujjain, MP.
  • Best Season To Visit: Autumn, Winter, early spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 5:00 hrs. to 19.00 hrs.

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5. Chinese Kali Temple

Chinese Kali Temple
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A perfect example of cultural exchange and religious mingling, the Chinese Kali Temple looks like any other kali Temple but the offerings conveyed to the Goddess make all the difference. The Goddess gets popular Chinese dishessuch as Sticky Rice, Noodles, Chop Suey, etc., as a regular offering. The unique offerings dedicated to the Goddess in this temple make it one of the most unusual holy places in India.

  • Location: Kolkata, WB.
  • Best Season To Visit: Throughout a year.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 5:00 hrs. to 14.00 hrs., and from 17.00 hrs. to 22.30 hrs.

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6. Malanda Duryodhana Temple

Malanda Duryodhana Temple
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Counted among the top 5 mysterious temples in India, Malanda Duryodhana Temple is located in Kerala.

While the Pandavas from our popular epic Mahabharata always gets all the respect and credit, here, Duryodhana, the main antagonist, gets worshipped. The very selection of deities of this temple makes it worth everyone’s curiosity and wonderment.

  • Location: Kerala’s Kollam.
  • Best Season To Visit: Throughout a year.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors 24x7.

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7. Visa Balaji Temple

Visa Balaji Temple
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The name of this temple explains why it stands apart. People believe that if devotees go around the inner shrine 11 times, they get their Visa to the USA effortlessly.

Once they get the Visa, they should come back and do the Parikrama another 108 times to show their gratitude. This arrangement is undoubtedly something rarely seen and makes the temple one of the most unusual five holy places in India.

  • Location: Telangana’s Hyderabad.
  • Best Season To Visit: Autumn, winter, and early spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 6:00 hrs. to 13.00 hrs., and 16.00 hrs. to 18.00 hrs.

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8. Hidimba Devi temple

Hidimba Devi temple
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Divine deities do not receive worship here, a woman from the rakshasa clan does. Hidimba, better known as the wife of the mightiest Pandava, Bhima, is the one the locals worship in this temple.

Situated inside a coniferous forest in Himachal’s Manali, this temple is one of the mysterious places in Indian mythology. According to Mythology, Hidimba once meditated here where the shrine stone sits today. 

  • Location: Manali, HP.
  • Best Season To Visit: Summer, autumn, winter, and spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 8:00 hrs. to 18.00 hrs.

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9. Om Banna or Bullet Banna Temple

Om Banna or Bullet Banna Temple
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The temples of Rajasthan never cease to amaze you. This temple in Pali remains dedicated to Om Singh Rathore, a local Rajput and his Royal Enfield bike.

Strange tales about the bike after Om Singh Rathore passed away in a road accident here made the locals believe that the bike had supernatural powers. This explains the temple, and, the strange ritual of worshipping a bike.

  • Location: Rajasthan’s Pali.
  • Best Seasons To Visit: Winter, and early spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 6:00 hrs. to 21.00 hrs.

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10. Devaragattu Temple

Devaragattu Temple
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Also known as the Mala Malleswara Swamy Temple, this is one of the holy places that are most visited in India. Every year, during Dusshera, locals compete to win the right to carry the idol to the temple. Consequently, bloodshed and injuries remain a part of this ritual.

  • Location: Kurnool, AP.
  • Best Seasons To Visit: Autumn, winter, and spring.
  • Timings: The temple remains open for visitors every day from 4:00 hrs. to 22.00 hrs.

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Conclusion

India is a country of temples and you will find thousands of sacred places known for their unique features here. Check the list of the best and the most mysterious sacred places in India to explore the inherent diversity of this country that has attracted explorers and spiritual people for centuries. 

11. Conclusion

India is a country of temples and you will find thousands of sacred places known for their unique features here. Check the list of the best and the most mysterious sacred places in India to explore the inherent diversity of this country that has attracted explorers and spiritual people for centuries.

12. FAQ

1. Which temple is best known as the mysterious temple in India?

Balaji Temple is considered one of the most mysterious temples in India as the priests of this place still carry out exorcism.  However, you will find several other sacred places with unusual rituals and practices across the country. The above list contains some of those places.

2. What is unusual about Ujjain’s Kal Bhairav Nath Temple?

The devotees offer liquor to Lord Shiva here. The devotees also get the offered liquor as Prasad. This practice makes this temple one of the outstanding Lord Shiva shrines in India.

3. Which temple is considered the oldest in India?

Mundeswari Temple in Bihar is considered the oldest temple in India based on the currently available shreds of evidence.

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Author Bio

Pradeep Dharmapalan
Storyteller, Cinema writer
Pradeep Dharmapalan is a traveller since he was toddler, initially with his itinerant parents and then on his own. He has lived in and travelled to several places around the globe. With close to six decades of wandering now under his belt, his journey of discovery and rediscovery continues, as he assiduously pursues his manifold interests.
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