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India: A rattling tale of mysteries, and folklore…

The land of myriad culture and heritage, India has many mysteries hidden in her lap. It is said that Language changes every few kilometres in India, every few kilometres mark a new story, a new folklore. These folklore define several mysteries, several unbelievable instances. These mysteries are recorded in history and embedded in the social prism in such a way that it is difficult to infer if it’s supernatural, a scientific phenomenon or just a mystery. Let’s take a look at some mysterious places in India.

Mysterious Places in India

Say No to doors

In a country like India where crime rates make a new record every other day, there is a place that sets an example for the world to see. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra has a sense of brotherhood so strong that the villagers prefer the ‘No Door’ policy. Strangely the village has door panels but not doors in their homes and shops. The people in this village community worship the Hindu Lord Shani. They believe that he will protect them and punish those who try to attempt theft. Their faith and belief still stands as there has been no official reports of theft in the village so far. It is not just a mysterious village but a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus.

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DID YOU KNOW? Women were not allowed to enter the inner sanctum of the temple until 8th April 2016.

Rain Rain Red Again

The Hindu mythology calls it the wrath of God, but scientists believe that Red rain is the result of dusts or the airborne spores of the alga growing in the region. The Red Rain at Idukki, Kerala has marked it as the ‘red region’. The sky drained blood colored rain on the region between 25 July to 23 September 2001. As a result, it left a pink mark on clothes and other surfaces. Before this, the Malabar coast also experienced red rain in July, 1957.

DID YOU KNOW? The first ever case of colored rain in Kerala dates back to 1896.

 Meet Bullet Baba

One of the most talked about mysterious places in India is Om Banna or the The Shrine of Bullet Baba in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It’s strange how a deadly accident and it’s mysterious aftermath led to formation of this temple. It is now considered as a shrine to pray for a safe journey. Everyone who passes by must stop to worship the shrine or else they are in for a ride into danger. People offer incense sticks, flowers, coconut, liquor, red thread and sweets. Yes, Liquor, unconventional offerings for an unconventional deity! What do you think, it’s faith or superstition?

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DID YOU KNOW? Bullet Baba has a model number, i.e. 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet RNJ 7773

Desert? or Deserted?

To the left of River Kaveri lies the desert-like town of Talakadu, Karnataka. Folklore has it, the town was not always a desert. It was a beautiful town with 30 temples.Out of the 30 temples 5 are Lingams representing the 5 faces of Lord Shiva.  A widowed devotee of Lord Shiva cursed the town and the river Kaveri back in the 16th century. “Let Talakād become sand; Mālangi become a whirlpool; the Mysore Rājas fail to beget heirs.” Since then, the town has been drowned in sand. As strange as it may sound, the River Kaveri transforms into a swirling whirlpool and the Royal family of Mysore is still suffering.

DID YOU KNOW? The town is now being utilized as a site for horticulture and wine making.
mysterious town of Talakadu

Welcome to Mysterious Magnetic Hills

Well, this one is not just supported by a folklore, but a defiance of the law of nature. The Magnetic Hill Of Leh, Ladakh are mysteriously beautiful. It is said that the hills pull upwards any vehicle that is moving towards it. Some people describe it as ‘the roadway to heaven’. But scientifically speaking, it nothing but an optical illusion of the hill. The surroundings trick you into believing that you’re rolling uphill, in defiance to gravity. On the contrary, it’s a downhill road and you’re actually rolling downhill. Go plan a trip to Ladakh and find out yourself.

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DID YOU KNOW? The most apt time to visit the Magnetic Hills is July to September. Although,You may find some home-stays ,but there are no joints or hotels in the area.

mysterious Magnetic hill sign board

Many such mysterious places lie in the vicinity of India, such as the Dumas Beach, Loktak Lake, Karni mata temple, Bara Imambara, Lake of Skeletons and many more. These are not just a list of mysterious places but they talk volumes about the history and culture of the country. So there is no reason to skip these places in your travel itinerary. I’m excited to visit is the deserted town of Talakadu, Karnataka, what about you?

Kaveri Yadav
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