7 unusual places in India you must visit before you die

The Hush Post

A country as diverse as India has millions of hidden treasures on its land. We have several places in India which have umpteen hidden stories but never unveiled. These places might trick your mind with its facts but they actually exist.

We have listed down the most unusual places in India that one must visit before any other place. The places with the most weird existence.

Roopkund- The Skeleton Lake

Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake present in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is famous for hundreds of human skeletons present at the edge of the lake. Lots of rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains surround the lake.

It all began in the year 1942 when a British forest guard HK Madhwal found a skeleton in the lake, which is almost 16000 feet above the sea-level. The British then feared that the skeleton might be of the Japanese invasions of World War II. But the skeletons were too old and could not be of Japanese soldiers.

Several tests of the skeletons have been done till now. Some say that these skeletons are from the 9th century, some say that these are of two sets of skeletons. The taller ones are Iranian types and the shorter ones are locals. Analyzing the skeletons, a team of scientists said that all of them died because of a hail storm. But still, it is unclear that who they actually are and how all these things happened.

National Geographic Channel featured these skeletons in their documentary, “Riddles of the Dead: Skeleton Lake”.

Karni Mata temple- India’s rat temple

Have you ever seen more than 20,000 rats together? There’s a temple in Rajasthan where you’ll find people worshiping rats. 30 kilometres away from Bikaner, Karni Mata Temple is situated in Deshnoke. In this temple, more than 20,000 rats live which are called “Kabbas” or “little children”.  Out of these, there are some white rats which are considered holy. Surprisingly, these rats never leave the temple even though they are free to do so.

The people living inside the temple say that even during the worst of Plague, Deshnoke was completely unaffected. According to the locals, Karni Mata was a part of Charin clan. She lived for 150 years. However, she remained young and beautiful till the time she died. After her death, she became a rat.

Shani Shinganapur- A place with no locks and doors

This village is situated in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This village is famous for the temple of Lord Shani. Moreover, it is the only village in the world with no doors and locks at any of its house. Further, the locals of the place say that the village remains theft free. Even the branch of the nationalised UCO bank in the village doesn’t have any locks on its doors.

The residents of the village believe that Lord Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The deity here is “Swayambhu” (Self- evolved deity) that is believed to have self-emerged from the Earth in the form of black but imposing stone. However, women are not allowed to worship at the temple. It is an ancient tradition that women are debarred from climbing up the temple steps to offers prayers to Shanidev.

Magnetic Hill-The path to heaven

If you love adventure, then this place is best on the list. Magnetic Hill is situated 30 kilometers away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil highway. It is believed that it pulls stationary vehicles upwards. The road on this stretch goes uphill. However, if keeping the vehicle on neutral you turn off the engine, it starts to move upwards. Surprisingly, it may reach up to the speed of 20 kmph.

Locals believe once a path to heaven existed here. Some who deserved were pulled towards heaven but others’ efforts went in vain.

Although, it has scientific phenomenon of magnetism because of its topography, that such a thing happens. Some people believe that the strong magnetic field from the hill pulls the vehicles which are in its range. Not only vehicles but also, aircraft and helicopters experience the same pull.

Lepakshi Temple- The hanging Pillar

A beautiful temple from the 16th century- Lepakshi Temple is located in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple’s center of attraction is its hanging pillar. Amongst the 70 stone pillars of the temple, there is one which hangs from the ceiling. The base of the pillar barely touches the floor. You can even pass you’re your clothes from one side to other through it.

It is believed that it is dislodged from its original position. A British engineer made an unsuccessful attempt to move it to check its support system. Moreover, the village Lepakshi has a significant role in ancient Indian epic Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu fell here after he lost to Ravana. When Lord Rama reached the spot, he saw him and said, “Le Pakshi”- meaning “Arise, bird” in Telugu.

Om Banna- The Bullet Baba Temple

Om Banna is a place located in Pali district near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This is a place where a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle is worshiped. According to nearby villagers, the bike has some supernatural powers. However, this motorcycle has a mysterious story behind it.

In 1991, there was a man whose name was Om Singh Rathore (Om Banna). One day he met with an accident and his motorcycle hit against a tree. He died on the spot and the police took his motorcycle to the police station. But the next day, the motorcycle disappeared from the police station. The police found it at the site of the accident. Again the police took the motorcycle, this time emptying the fuel tank and putting it under lock and chain. Despite police’s efforts, the motorcycle was again found at the site of the accident.

Now, the motorcycle is kept in a glass covering. The locals have made a temple at the site of accident. Also, the tree that caused the accident remains ornamented with offerings of bangles and scarves.

Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple- The disappearing temple

Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple is situated in Kavi Kamboi near Jambusar district of Gujarat. This temple submerges in water twice a day. That is the reason, it is known as the Disappearing Shiva Temple in India.

The shrine is located in between the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Cambay. During the high tide hours, the temple gets submerged and when the water levels come down, it reappears. The official website of the temple tells the opening hours of the temple. But one should dedicate a whole day to witness the whole scenario. The place is 53 kilometers away from district Vadodra.

 

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