India, a country which is integrated by the nationality and is known for social tolerance, though the country is divided by various religious and theirs taboos. Throughout the history the Indian population has always been religion bound. As a result, instances of bizarre religious beliefs and practices can be commonly seen all over the country, as reported by the BUSINESS INSDER.
So here goes the list of such peculiar temples India.
1. Om Banna:
Om Banna is a unique temple in Rajastan, probably one may not find this kind of temple anywhere around the world. To be precise, Om Banna is a motorcycle temple, where the spirit of Om Singh Rathore and his motorcycle is worshiped. It is said that in 1988, Om Singh Rathore who was riding his bike, struck the tree.
Eventually Rathore was found dead by the local police near the accident spot. Later the Police confiscated the bike, but the bike is said to be returning to the accident spot everyday before the sunrise. Thus the local people started worshiping the bike and believe Rathore soul is to be the savior of the bothered riders in particular avenue.
2. Karni Mata Temple:
Karni Mata Temple is also widely known as the ‘Rats Temple’ located in Rajastan. The temple is dedicated to the Karni Mata, who was a sage, lived an ascetic life and eventually disappeared mysteriously. The matchless story of the temple is that around 20, 000 rats are housed in the this temple with great honor.
Rats are also worshipped here, since the local folklore says that one of the sons of Karni Mata Temple drowned into the Kapila Sarovar and the Lord Yama (God of Death) influenced by the Karni Mata, saved him by turning him and all his brothers into rats.
3. Aeroplane Gurdwara:
As the name itself says ‘Aeroplane Gurdwara’ is an airplane temple, dedicated to the Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh. This Gurdwara is popular and worshipped to evade any factors that are hindering one’s dream of going abroad.
Relatively the devotees who wish to travel abroad, offer miniature aircrafts to the Gurdwara. Apparently hundreds of aircrafts are being offered and the Gurdwara’s management is reported to be finding it difficult to manage all the offerings.
4. Chilkur Balaji Temple:
Chilkur Balaji Temple is also well-known as the ‘Visa Temple’ in the state of Telangana. People from all parts the Telangana and Seemandhra states visit this temple with the hope of receiving U.S and UK visas. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Balaji and is one of the oldest temples in the Hyderabad. IT professionals who aspire to travel U.S. visit this temple and chant the prescribed mantras. Since the temple does not have a hundi, rejects all the offerings and no special privileges for VVIPs, the shrine is acclaimed for treating all its devotees equally.
5. Dog temple, Karnataka:
Dog temple in Channapatna's Ramanagar district in Karnataka is a sheer instance, that reflects the human love towards animals in India, as the country is criticized for believing in Babas more than gods. This is an unconventional temple and the local believe that the dog idol inside the temple has the strength of terminating any problems of its deity.
6. Chinese Kali Temple:
Durga Maa is considered to be very prominent goddess amongst the Bengali speaking communities in India. But a Kali temple (another avatar of goddess Durga) in Kolkata is in the news because of its devotees. Yes! The respective temple is worshiped by the Chinese people of the region and the goddess is offered noodles, chopsuey and other Chinese vegetable dishes.
The legend says that, once a 10 year old boy, who belonged to respective community, was lethally ill and recovered miraculously by the grace of goddess Kali. Since then, this temple has been very popular among the Chinese community in Kolkata.