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Temples of Mystery: Uncovering the Enigmatic Treasures of India

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India is a land of rich cultural heritage and history, and this is especially evident in its ancient temples. With their intricate carvings, magnificent architecture, and intriguing legends, these temples have always been an integral part of India's cultural fabric. While some temples are well-known and frequently visited by tourists, there are others that remain shrouded in mystery, waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveller.

Let us take you on a journey to explore some of the most mysterious temples in India that are a must-visit for anyone who loves history, culture, and adventure. So pack your bags, and get ready to uncover the secrets of these hidden gems.

  • The Kailash Temple of Ellora
  • The Veerabhadra Temple of Lepakshi
  • The Konark Sun Temple
  • The Brihadeeswara Temple of Thanjavur
  • The Kedarnath Temple
  • Kukke Subramanya Temple
  • Meenakshi Temple

The Kailash Temple of Ellora

Located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, the Kailash Temple of Ellora is an ancient masterpiece of Indian architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the temple is carved out of a single rock, which is 6000 years old. Its intricate carvings and impressive scale are awe-inspiring. According to archaeologists, around 400,000 tons of rocks were removed for the construction of this temple. However, the dumping site of this huge amount of rocks is still a mystery.

It is also fascinating to know that The Kailash Temple of Ellora has the largest cantilevered rock ceiling in the entire world. The temple is an architectural marvel as every single design is perfectly measured and planned to ensure that no extra stone is used. The construction of this temple is still debated to be out of reach of human capabilities. Many researchers claim that it is god’s own creation.

The Veerabhadra Temple of Lepakshi

Next on the list of mysterious Indian temples is the Veerabhadra Temple of Lepakshi, located in Andhra Pradesh. It is another must-visit place for anyone interested in fascinating ancient Indian temples seeped in history and culture. According to the legends, the Veerabhadra Temple of Lepakshi was built by the sage Agastya.

Built in the 16th century, this temple is famous for its pictorial representations of the dancing Lord Ganesha, Mata Parvati, and Lord Shiva, which depict scenes from Hindu mythology. One of the most intriguing features of this temple is a hanging pillar, which does not touch the ground and is said to be suspended in mid-air. It is truly magical to witness the genius construction of ancient times.

The Konark Sun Temple

The list of mysterious temples in India is incomplete without the Konark Sun Temple. Located in Odisha, the Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 13th century, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya, and is shaped like a chariot with 12 wheels. It is built from black granite and took a decade to construct. The temple is famous for its erotic carvings, which are said to depict the sensuality and beauty of the human form.

There are many mysteries and folklore stories about this temple, which makes it one of the most unique temples in India. Legends have it that the Konark Sun Temple is haunted by century-old ghosts of dancers. Another fascinating fact about this temple is that its door has been closed for more than 100 years. The list of mysteries does not end here. The Konark Sun Temple boasts an air-suspended sun idol. According to experts, it is due to the strong magnetic field in the temple premise. If you are an avid explorer, you should definitely visit this temple and include it in your India tour packages.

The Brihadeeswara Temple of Thanjavur

The Brihadeeswara Temple of Thanjavur, located in Tamil Nadu, is another marvel of ancient Indian architecture. Built in the 11th century, this temple is one of the most famous Shiv temples in India and is known for its towering vimana (tower), which is made of a single block of granite that weighs over 80 tons. Historians are still unable to determine the source of granite.

There are several mysterious and interesting things about this temple. To start with, the Brihadeswara Temple’s shadow does not cast on the ground during the day time. Another discussion about the temple is regarding its construction, as no binding material was used in its making, which still fascinates many. If you are intrigued by ancient architecture and folklore, then this is a must-visit place for you.

The Kedarnath Temple

The Kedarnath Temple

Located in the state of Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath Temple is one of the holiest shrines in India and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the midst of the majestic Himalayas and can only be reached by trekking through the mountains. It is believed that this temple was built by Pandavas during the Mahabharata period. The temple is famous for its stunning natural beauty, as well as its powerful spiritual energy, which draws pilgrims from all over the world.

Kukke Subramanya Temple

Kukku Subramanya Temple is a mysterious temple in Karnataka that is dedicated to Lord Subramanya and known for its unique tradition of performing snake worship. There are several venomous snakes in the surrounding forest in the Western Ghats that can be spotted near the temple premises. Devotees offer prayers to the snakes in the temple, and it is believed that the temple has the power to cure snake bites.

According to folklore, the silver Garuda pillar at the entrance of the temple protects devotees from the poisonous flames coming from the breath of Vasuki. It is also interesting to know that this temple is one of the richest temples in Karnataka and has the typical architecture of Kerala.

Meenakshi Temple

Located in Tamil Nadu, the Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, who is believed to be an avatar of Goddess Parvati. The temple is known for its intricate architecture, which includes towering gopurams (gateway towers) that are adorned with thousands of colourful sculptures.

What is mysterious about the construction of this temple is its floor. The floor of the temple is covered with rectangular-shaped rocks, which do not have a hollow sound. However, there are a few square-shaped stones placed in between rectangular stones that have a hollow sound! It is said that beneath these square-shaped stones, there was a secret escape route for kings who ruled in ancient times. The temple complex also has a sacred tank called the Porthamarai Kulam, which is believed to have curative properties.

These mysterious temples are a testament to India's rich cultural heritage and are a must-visit for anyone interested in ancient history, architecture, and adventure. So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery to uncover the secrets of these hidden gems.

April 03, 2023


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