May 4, 2021

The 5 Most Mysterious Temples:

By Nilakhi Banerjee

Thousands of years of vast and captivating history holding some really startling and surprising mysteries. Some with bewildering and bemusing architecture – some are left in ruins and some parts of certain temples are gone missing.

It isn’t about just the present or a couple of years back – some major elements of the age-old temples are still loaded with the unknown facts.

Years of construction – decades of perseverance; proper care and attention [well-safeguarded] – It’s you who decides to what you actually care about or what really matters to your heart. If history and interesting facts drive most of your attention then. There are several places that keep certain stories and elements still locked – much folklore accompanies their existence.

Labeling India as a ‘country of temples’ won’t be wrong. It is the only destination in the entire world that believes in the existence of 33 million gods and goddesses. You can calculate yourself that even if there are two temples dedicated to each god, how many temples we must be surrounded by! All these temples come with their own history, legend and mythology, while some of these have interesting mysteries associated with them. You will come across various unconventional temples where deities mensurate, and some temples even have exorcism rights! The strange mysteries surrounding these temples is what makes them interesting. Let’s have a look at these.

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Thrissur, Kerala

This one is weird because this is the only temple where devotees abuse the deity during a festival. Located in Thrissur district of Kerala, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to the Bhadrakali goddess, who is a form of Goddess Kali. During the Bharani festival, which generally falls in the month of March or April every year, devotees shout lewd, crude, offensive, and abusive cries at the goddess. It is said that this ritual pleases the goddess. But the very next day, the ritual of purification follows. Imagine thousands of devotees verbally abusing their goddess as a form of worship!

Kamakhya Devi Temple, Guwahati, Assam

Situated atop Nilachal Hill, Kamakhya Devi Temple in Guwahati, Assam is probably one of the most mysterious temples in the country, reason being the main goddess here bleeds once every year. The temple of Menstruating Goddess is also one of the oldest and the famous Shakti Peethas in India where there’s no idol of the deity but a stone in the shape of yoni or vagina is worshipped. The stone remains covered in a red cloth all the time. Every year in the month of June, the temple doors remain shut for devotees for three days as during those days, it is believed that the devi bleeds and the underground water reservoir turns completely red. This is quite bizarre and has no science behind it.

Devji Maharaj Mandir, Malajpur, Madhya Pradesh

Devji Maharaj Mandir in Madhya Pradesh is known for its monthly Bhoot Mela (ghost fair)! Each month, on the full moon day, people from across the country come here to get rid of evil spirits residing in their bodies. The common practice here to get rid of devils is lighting camphor tablets on bare palms. People believe that this scares the evil spirit residing in the body and it leaves the body. One can also see priests beating people with brooms in the name of getting rid of evil spirits and people acting weird or running around for no reason is a common sight here.

Kaal Bhairav Nath Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

This temple is interesting because of the fact that the deity is offered alcohol here. Dedicated to Lord Kal Bhairav, who is a reincarnation of Lord Shiva, this temple gives alcohol as prasad as it is the only offering made to God here. You will find a wide range of alcohol available here outside the temple; whiskey and wine are acceptable too. Weirdly the priest directly pour the alcohol into the deity’s mouth, and then give the bottle back to the devotee as prasad. You won’t see a single shop here selling garlands or sweets, but several stalls selling alcohol.

Mehendipur Balaji Temple, Dausa, Rajasthan

Mahendipur Balaji Temple can get as bizarre as possible! This is the temple where people come to get rid of their demons or exorcise the supernatural being living in ones body. Situated in Dausa district of Rajasthan, Mehendipur Balaji Temple remains flooded with devotees suffering from hypernormal situations. As per records, there barely has been a day when people haven’t shown up. With problems other than ghosts, demons or evil spirits. If you ever visit the place, you’ll get to see some severe disturbing sights such as people hanging from ceiling or pouring boiling water on themselves, among others. There can be seen pandits who will chain people suffering from demonic being to walls. This is the only temple in India where exorcisms by priests is still carried out in the open.


India has been praised by some of the great people who have lived on the Earth. The evidence of Indian civilization can be traced back to thousands of years. No other place can vouch for the sort of diversity, which fills every nook and cranny of this incredible country. The various religions, languages, dialects, traditions and customs provide many facets of the majestic country called India. The geographic land of India has several marks of faith spread all across its length and breadth. Certain structures have several centuries of devotion backing them, granting more authenticity and reverence.

India is the land of 64 crore god and goddesses, with a multitude of holy cities. And shrines of spiritual gurus to a motorcycle. Here, temples can be found at every step of the way, but only some of them are. Odd, strange, weird or unusual in one way or another. Some of these weird temples in India are famed because of their unconventional deities. Some because of their exorcism rites, and some because they are more than 2000 years old.