Mysterious places in India

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Last Updated on September 8, 2022

India is a land of mysterious places that have tales to tell from the past. There are various historical and natural attractions that can make any tourist think, rethink and make them confused with its beliefs, stories and unsolved mysteries. As we just mentioned that India has a rich past it also indicates that there are many tales and incidents that happened and not every event got erased. Some exist till today which can be debatable but yes there are witnesses who don’t prove anything as such. In this article, you’ll read about the most mysterious places in India.

Let’s take you down on the journey for the curious ones so that after reading about all the locations you can explore some or all of them yourselves. 

Here is a list of the top 10 places we have made just for you to know the most about the mysteries of India.

1.Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
2.Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
3.Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
4.Mass Bird Suicide at Jatinga, Assam
5.Hide and Seek Beach, Orissa
6.Kodinhi, Kerala
7.Rosary Church, Karnataka
8.Shaiwar Wada Fort, Maharashtra
9.Kuldhara, Rajasthan

Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan

This is a popular rat temple one can visit in Rajasthan. It is also known as the Nari Mata temple. This holy place is almost 600 years old and it’s located around 30 km from Bikaner. The connection that makes this temple sacred yet mysterious at the same time is the popular belief that around 25,000 rats live here and they are worshipped by the devotees too. These rats are considered holy and are known as “kabbas”. The rats eat food in the temple and the same food is served as prasad. 

Legend 1: As per the most popular legends. Laxman, the son of Karni Mata, drowned in a pond and died. Karni Mata prayed to lord Yama to save him and he reincarnated him as a rat. 

Legend 2: In a battle, 20,000 soldiers of Karni Mata deserted her. Out of anger Karni Mata punished the soldiers by turning them into rats. They stayed in the Karni Mata temple to show gratitude for not killing them and promised to serve her.

Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

As you walk into this fort a board of the Archaeological Survey of India can be seen which clearly forbids tourists from entering the fort before sunrise and after sunset. It is definitely one of the most mysterious places in India. What makes it mysterious is the backstory behind the paranormal activities that people have reported here.

Legend 1: As the legends speak, once a sadhu lived within the fort area. He warned everyone that if anyone builds a house taller than his then the entire fort town would be cursed and destroyed. Later some pillars were added to the fort that cast a shadow on the sadhu’s house due to which the town got cursed and slowly destroyed. 

Legend 2: According to another legend, a priest who practised black magic lived in the fort town. He fell in love with the princess of Bhangarh. One day he offered a love potion to the princess but she threw it away. This rolled onto the priest and caused his death. The priest before his death cursed the entire village which led to the desolation of Bhangarh fort and the town around it.

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

This small beautiful island is a part of Ramayana. It is connected with Sri Lanka via the Pamban channel.  According to the Hindu events of Ramayana, this is the place where Lord Ram and his followers made a bridge to reach Sri Lanka.

It is said that Vanar Sena made a floating bridge of stones which can be witnessed in Rameswaram.  The stones are inscribed with the name of Lord Rama.

Mass Bird Suicide at Jatinga, Assam

A small village that lies in Assam called Jatinga is infamous as the Bermuda triangle of the birds. For more than 100 years birds that fly over this strip of land encountered death. It’s known that every year after monsoon from September to October from 6 pm to 9:30 pm on moonless nights the birds here get disoriented. As we speak of birds these are mostly migratory birds. 

Legends: Locals say that there are evil spirits on this particular strip that causes mass suicide.

Hide and Seek Beach, Orissa 

This beauty of Orissa is called Chandipur beach. This is a mysterious beach as it disappears. Yes, you read that right. These miraculous works are astonishing. This beach extends up to 5 km. It later comes back to fill the empty space. The beach recedes for so long that you can actually go and walk on the seafloor. 

Kodinhi, Kerala

This is a usual village known for an unusual phenomenon that happens here. It is also known as the twin village. A village named Kodinhi which lies 35 kilometres south of Calicut is popular as more than 200 twins kids are born here. This large number of twins is astonishing. The reasons behind this are still uncovered and no one knows the answer to it. There are incidents where even when women are born out of this village, they still give birth to twin kids.

Some scientists claim that there might be some element in water that makes this phenomenon a reality. 

Rosary Church, Karnataka

An ancient church that lies on the banks of river Hemavathi River in Shettihalli, Karnataka. This church is always in water and in monsoon, the water levels rise and submerge the entire church. The surprising thing is that even though the church is always in water and gets submerged during monsoon yet after monsoon it’s in perfect condition. There is no damage whatsoever it goes through. 

The zero damage makes it unique.

Shaniwar Wada Fort, Maharashtra

This fort is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a young Peshwa named Narayan Rao. Many people have witnessed screaming sounds that can be heard. There is also a strict no-entry policy after 6:30 Pm. 

Legend: Here lived 16 years old Peshwa who was killed due to conspiracies being executed against him. His uncle and aunty took assistance from a tribe’s Manhunter. Narayan Rao was chopped into small pieces and then thrown into the river.

Kuldhara, Rajasthan

This is another haunted place in Rajasthan known as the abandoned village. This village was once a crowded village where more than 1500 Paliwal Brahmans used to live. One night it was abandoned all of sudden by each and every person.

The legends say that the Paliwal Brahmans were harassed by the local tax collectors for revenue. One day the tax collector humiliated the community by setting his eye on one of the Brahmans’ daughters. As a response to this humiliation out of remorse the entire community vacated the village and cursed the king. Till today the lands remain deserted. One can visit and see the temples and homes here but they all remain abandoned. 

We hope you had fun reading and are now all set to explore these locations. Travel to these locations with zingbus and be a witness to the past and the legends. 

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