India is an incredibly vast country, with various cultures and diversity, painting every corner of our country in colorful pictures. There are a few sights present in our country that aren’t visible anywhere else around the globe! Undoubtedly, one the most famous tourist spots in India are the ancient temples scattered along our area, holding immense cultural and religious significance. However, there exist a few temples which are maybe a little out of the ordinary. Here are five unusual temples in India which are famous for being exceptional!
Sonia Gandhi Temple
Located in Telangana, this temple worships Indian politician, Sonia Gandhi. It was constructed by her supporters. She had contributed in the forming of the state Telangana, and the temple also features portraits of some of her family members such as Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi etc.
Om Banna Temple
Perhaps one of the weirdest object worshiped is a Royal Enfield bike in the Om Banna temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. In an interesting backstory in 1988, Om Singh Kathore or “Om Banna” was riding his royal Enfield, was met with an accident, and died on the spot. The police later on cleared up the area and the bike, but to everyone’s surprise, the bike went missing from the station the next morning! It had returned near the spot where it met with an accident. The police tried all methods- locked it up, emptied the petrol tank- but to no avail. Everyday the bike returned to the same spot. This led to people believing that Om’s spirit was resting in the spot or the bike and in turn- constructed a temple for it!
Bharat Mata Temple
Temples worshiping deities and gods aren’t uncommon in India. However this one is a little different. Located in Varanasi, this temple worships “Bharat Mata” or Mother India, not as a goddess, but as a land. Built in 1936, there is a huge marble display of undivided India’s map. It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and is said to be the only temple in our country which worships “India” as a whole!
Chinese Kali Temple
Located in Kolkata, West Bengal, this temple breaks through the barriers of religion and nationality. Although a Hindu goddess, Kali is paid homage to in this temple, she is worshiped through Chinese rituals and methods! The priests of the temple even offer noodles or chopsuey as “prasad”. Looks like its not only the Indian people who like indulging their taste buds with Chinese delicacies!
Karni Mata Temple
Situated in Bikaner, Rajasthan, the Karni Mata temple also known as the “Temple of Rats” or “Chuha Devi Ka Mandir” is a home to more than 25,000 rats which are fed everyday. These rats are harmless in nature and if you are lucky enough, you can spot a white rat or two! The backstory behind the rats is that Karni Mata’s stepson, Laxman drowned in a lake while attempting to drink water and Karni Mata asked the Goddess of Death, Yama to revive him. Yama initially declined but then agreed- on one condition! All of Karni Matas sons including Laxman would be reborn as rats!
So the next time you plan a trip to any of these locations, don’t forget to visit these spectacular places and experience these remarkable temples firsthand!