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May 14, 2015 at 14:06

17 Unusual Temples In India With Bizarre Deities & Rituals

by Swetambara Chaudhary

Belief is one of the biggest forces which drives humans. Owing to our beliefs, we find ourselves bowing our heads down in reverence to the Gods we believe in. But there are some beliefs which are not conventional. Here are some of the temples which follow such unconventional beliefs :

1. Brahma Baba's Temple, Jaunpur - Devotees make offerings of clocks to please the deity

Devotees 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 offering of clocks and watches.

Source : Gujarat Samachar

2. Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara, Jalandhar - Offer toy planes to get a visa

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.

Source : Hlimg

3. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kodungullar - The Goddess is abused during the Bharani festival

In this temple in Kerala, Goddess Bhadrakali is abused by devotees during an annual festival.

Source : Travel Trance

4. Bharat Mata Temple, Varanasi - Dedicated to our country

This temple was built before the partition and honours the country , freedom fighters and leaders.

Source : archantours

5. Kali Singh Temple, Muzaffarnagar - Devotees offer prayers for the well-being of their animals

A one of a kind temple in India, devotees offer prayers and milk for the well-being of cattle and animals.

Source : Sulekha

6. Sonia Gandhi Temple, Mahbubnagar - Congress leader worships Sonia as the Goddess of Telangana

To express his gratitude towards the Congress leader, Shankar Rao built a temple where he worships Sonia's idol.

Source : Youth connect

7. Dog Temple, Channapatna - Worship man's best friend

A community has established this temple which looks at dogs as guardians.

Source : ScoopWhoop

8. Amitabh Temple, Kolkata - Worships the Bollywood actor

Amitabh is an idol for many in this country. But people in this temple have literally put him on a pedestal.

Source : HolidayIq

9. 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.

Source : Photo shelter

10. Ravana Temple, Ravangram

Thousands of Kanyakubja Brahmins, believed to be descendants of Ravana worship Ravan in this village in Madhya Pradesh.

Source : Blogspot

11. Sachin Temple, Atarwalia - Worship the God of cricket

People in this town in Bihar, have taken their love for Sachin to another level by building a temple for him.

Source : India opines

12. Om Banna Temple, Jodhpur - Worship a Bullet

A 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet is the shrine of this temple near Jodhpur.

Source : Thikana Rajputana

13. Kaal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain - Devotees offer alcohol to the God

Not only do devotees offer alcohol to the deity, it also the only prashad that is distributed in the temple.

Source : ytimg

14. Digambeshwara Temple, Nagrala - Toddlers are thrown from the roof for good luck

In a village in Karnataka an inhumane practice is quite popular wherein toddlers are tossed from the balcony of a temple to bless them with health and good luck.

Source : Santa Banta

15. Poruvazhy Peruviruthy Malanada, Poruvazhy - Duryodhana is worshipped here

The Kaurava prince is worshipped in several temples in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. But there is a temple in a village in Kerala too which worships the prince as an adept administrator.

Source : Malanada

16. Sath Gumbaz Mosque, Gulbarga - Kids with disabilities buried neck deep in mud during an eclipse to cure them

Kids suffering from disabilities are brought to the mosque to be blessed. Then they are lowered into pits digged in the mud. Some of the kids are not even an year old.

Source : Listopop

17. Mehandipur Balaji Mandir, Mehandipur - Possessed devotees are cured

In this temple, devotees are brought to be rid of evil spirits which are then captured in taalas and hung outside the temple. Don't be surprised if you find people hanging upside down or banging their heads on the walls of the temple. It is all a part of their treatment.

Source : Manorama Online

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