A truly incredible country of India is the capital of some of the most bizarre, quirkiest places & befitting rituals. The list mentioned here may not incorporate all such places in this amazing country; however, the places mentioned here can give you a glimpse of what India has to offer! Have a nice look through this list & enjoy the amusing side of this vibrant country!
- Krishna’s Butter Ball- Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu:
A giant rock, perched on a gentle slope in ‘Mahabalipuram’ town near ‘Chennai’ attracts hordes of tourists. The rock magnetizes the tourists since it has managed to stay on the slope instead of rolling down despite of having almost a round shape. The rock is called as the ‘butter ball’ of Lord Krishna, one of the most important gods of the ‘Hindus’, since the Lord ‘Krishna’ has been known for his love for butter. ‘Lord Krishna’, during his childhood days, used to steal the butter from his mother’s butter container to appease his appetite, & the giant rock supposedly represents the butter-scoop stolen by the Lord himself! Apart from this natural miracle, the town of ‘Mahabalipuram’ is also known for its magnificent monuments bearing stupendous stone carvings & other interesting attractions.
- Ram Setu Bridge, Tamilnadu:
A magnificent series of limestone shoals that passes through the Bay of Bengal & connects the ‘Rameswaram Island’ in the Indian state of ‘Tamilnadu’ to ‘Mannar Island’, situated along the northern coast of Sri Lanka, make people flock at this place due to its reverential importance according to one of the most significant Hindu epic- Ramayana. According to its mythological description, the bridge was constructed by the Hindu god ‘Lord Ram’ who marched to Lanka in order to slay Lanka’s devil king- ‘Ravan’. Although the bridge is submerged under the ‘Bay of Bengal’ & thus, no longer remain traversable in these days, historical evidences suggest that the bridge was accessible on foot till the 15th century.
- Rat Temple, Rajasthan:
A temple dedicated to the ‘Hindu’ goddess Karni Mata near the city of ‘Bikaner’ in Rajasthan will definitely make you raise your brows with surprise the moment you witness the bizarre custom in the temple vicinity. The temple is a homeland for more than 20,000 rats that can be seen rushing in almost every corner of the temple campus. Rats are considered auspicious here & feeding them is considered to bring good omen & blessings of the goddess Karni Mata. Every year, thousands of devout Hindus visit the temple to venerate the goddess & to offer food to the ‘Holy’ rats that are seen frolicking around in the temple complex!
- Living Root Bridges, Cherapunji:
The village of ‘Cherapunji’, located in the North-eastern part of India is famous for receiving the highest rainfall in the country. The opulent availability of water has conceived an astonishing natural spectacle known as ‘Living Root Bridge’! The long & thick roots of the dense foliage that flourish here have got weaved together & have formed natural bridges across the rivulets. These natural bridges are as broad as 18 inches & as thick as 6 inches & are sturdy enough to serve as the regular bridges to pass on.
- Mass Bird Suicide Point- Jatinga, Assam:
A small village called ‘Jatinga’ in the Indian state of ‘Assam’ is the place where an unsolved mystery of the nature takes place every year between September & October. Every year during this time period, the misty nights turn the village into a mass suicidal place for hundreds of migratory as well as local birds. The birds take flight at full swing only to dash against trees & building walls which results in their scary deaths. The incident came into limelight in the 1960s & ever since then scientists are trying to resolve the mystery behind this mass suicidal phenomena.
- Snake Village- Shetpal, Maharashtra:
The village of ‘Shetpal’ in the state of ‘Maharashtra’ is known for its deadly & eerie tradition followed by almost every single family living in the village. Every house in this tiny village is known to have a pet cobra that freely roams throughout the house & usually hides in the girders of the ceilings. The villagers worship the cobra & consider it to be sacred since the Hindu god Lord Shiva bears it around his neck. The most interesting trivia about this place is that despite of having such a poisonous reptile slithering freely in huge numbers, not a single case of snake bite has been surfaced here till date!
- The broadest tree in the world- Howrah, West Bengal:
‘Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanic Garden’ at Shibpore in Howrah features the world’s widest tree that spans mammoth 15,665 sq. meters of area with its 3511 prop roots. This gigantic Banyan tree is more than 300 years of age & has been recorded in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for being the broadest tree in the world.
- Mummy of Sangha Tenzing-Gue, Himachal Pradesh:
Mummy isn’t the monopoly of Egyptian pyramids! A tiny village named ‘Gue’ in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti district houses amazingly preserved mummy of a Tibetan Buddhist monk named Sangha Tenzing. The mummy is said to be 500 years old & was discovered after the 1975 earthquake. The mummy features a sitting posture & its skin, teeth & hair are still intact. The mummy is now kept in the village temple, which has now become one of the major reverential place in the vicinity.
- The Skeleton Lake- Roopkund, Uttarakhand:
Perched at a staggering height of 16,500 ft in the arms of the great Himalayan range, the secluded lake called ‘Roopkund’ hides a spine-chilling secret that will certainly give you goosebumps! The lake houses some 1000 years old human skeletons of nearly 600 people, which can be seen scattered everywhere around the edges of the lake. A local anecdote revives the memories of an entourage that was sheltered here for some reasons. The entourage, by some unknown reasons, became responsible for the wrath of the local deity called Latu, who caused a hailstorm that resulted in the massacre of the entire entourage.
- A village without doors- Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra:
The small village of ‘Shani Shingnapur’, located some 35 kms away from ‘Ahmednagar’ in Maharashtra, is famous all across the nation for the temple of a Hindu deity called Shani, the ‘Saturn God’. The village, however, is more famous for its strange fact. None of the house or the commercial building in the village has doors or any kind of protective measures to keep the belongings secured from the intruders. Villagers have a strong faith in Lord Shani & they believe that they don’t need doors for the security of their houses & their god is capable of protecting their houses from all sorts of intrusions! Surprisingly, no crime related to the burglary or stealing has ever recorded in the village & entrusting upon the village’s such a miraculous reputation, the UCO bank has recently opened a ‘lock-less’ branch in the village!