India is a land of Temples! No matter where you are, you can find a temple in 7 Km range. However, these religious beliefs have some strange manifestations as well and these have resulted in the strange temples in India. We Indians take our religion and beliefs very seriously. However, these religious beliefs have some strange manifestations as well and these have resulted in the strangest temples in India.
Here are some of the temples which follow such unconventional beliefs:
1. Bharat Mata Temple, Varanasi – Indian Geographical Map Temple:
The fervor of patriotism is forever alive in us Indians and what a better way to honor this feeling than building a temple entirely dedicated to our Bharat Mata or Mother India. Located in Varanasi
, built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt, it was inaugurated by the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi himself in 1936
. The deity here is, of course, Mother India, built in the form of the entire Indian map in marble.
2. Brahma Baba’s Temple, Jaunpur – Benefaction of Watch :
Theists of all religions flock to the temple to make wishes and according to them, they have never been disappointed. To express their gratitude, they make the offering of clocks and watches.
3. The Amitabh Bachchan Temple in Kolkata – Worship of Biggest Actor of Bollywood :
Indians love their gods and Indians love Amitabh Bachchan, so that means there has to be a temple dedicated to the Shahanshah of Bollywood. People even sing hymns in his name at this the Amitabh Bachchan temple in Kolkata!
4. Sachin Temple, Atarwalia – Worship of God of cricket :
Indian batsman great Sachin Tendulkar is addressed as the god of cricket by his fans but a village in southwestern Bihar has already started worshipping him as one by installing his statue.
5. Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara, Jalandhar :
This gurudwara in a village near Jalandhar is flooded with toy plane by devotees who believe that this will help them get a Visa.. Sadly, not much is known about the saint in whose memory the gurudwara was constructed.
6. Dog Temple, Channapatna – A Pet Animal Temple :
The common dog has been raised to the status of God in Channapatna’s Ramanagar district, where the people not only have built a temple for the animal but are also conducting poojas to the dog-God.
7. Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke – Temple of Rats :
Dedicated to the ascetic Karni Mata, the temple is known for the presence of rats. The rats are called kabbas and are considered holy.
8. Kaal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain – Theists Offer Alcohol to God :
Not only do devotees offer alcohol to the deity, it also the only Prashad that is distributed in the temple.