Some Mysterious Places In India
27 April 2016
1. Bangarh Fort
Location: Bangarh, Rajasthan
Called the most haunted place in India, Bangrah Fort, built by Man Singh – one of King Akbar’s courtiers is a major tourist destination in India for seekers of thrill. The Archaeological Survey of India, has officially put up a sign near the Fort preventing tourists not to enter the place after sun down. There are several legends about the origins of the haunted-ness of the place, all however, call it a cursed place where anyone who enters after the sun sets dies.
2. Temple of Rats
Location: Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
The Karni Mata Temple, in a little town called Deshnok, 30 kilometers from Bikaner, Rajasthan holds an intriguing sight. It is home to over 20,000 rats. ‘Kabbas’ as they are called, are worshiped because it is believed that they are the reincarnated family members of Karni Mata. The white mice are revered even more because they are considered to be Karni Mata and her sons.
3. Hanging Pillar
Location: Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh
Lepakshi Temple in southern Andhra Pradesh is a marvel of Indian architecture. Out of the 70 pillars, there is one that hangs without any support, and does not the touch the ground. Pilgrims and curious tourists pass dupattas, twigs and other thin objects under the pillar to see if the claims are true. It is even believed that doing this will bring good luck to the devotee.
4. Levitating Stone
Location: Shivapur, Maharashtra
Somewhere in Pune, in a quaint little hamlet called Shivapuri, lies the dargah of Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh that has a magical story to tell. The current shrine was a gymnasium, 800 years ago. A Sufi saint called Qamar Ali was taunted by the wrestlers there. The saint placed a spell on the rocks that were used for body-building. The 70 kg rock can only be lifted by 11 finger tips touching it and calling out his name loudly. Till date, according to legend, the Stone of Qamar Ali can be magically lifted by chanting his name.
5. The Motorcycle God Bullet Baba Shrine
Location: Bandai, Rajasthan
At Bandai, Jodhpur, Om Singh Rathore died when he crashed his motorbike into a tree while riding drunk. The police claimed the bike and took it to the station. The next day, the bike was found at the spot of the accident. They brought it back to the station, emptied the fuel tank and chained it. Yet the bike miraculously found its way back to the accident spot the next day. The motorcycle was moved permanently to the location and the Om Banna(or Bullet Baba, as it is popularly called) Shrine was erected.
6. Floating Stones of Rama Setu
Location: Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
Ever tried throwing stones in water? They sink right to the bottom, right? Not these ones. Located on Pamban Island, and separated from the Indian mainland by the Pamban Channel, the little town of Rameshwaram has great significance in Hindu mythology. It is from here that the Hindu god Rama is believed to have built a bridge across to Lanka to rescue Sita. Stones used to build this bridge had Rama’s name engraved on them and they never sank in water. The curious fact is that such ‘floating stones’ are still found around Rameshwaram.
7. Lake of Skeletons
Location: Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand
At a height of 16,500 feet, in the middle of the most uninhabitable part of the Himalayas lies the secluded Roopkund Lake, covered in snow and surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers. More popularly known as Skeleton Lake or Mystery Lake , the spine-chilling attraction of this lake is the 600 odd human skeletons that were discovered here. These date back to the 9th CE and are clearly visible at the bottom of the shallow lake when the snow melts. The locals believe that this entourage had earned the fury of the local deity, Latu, who sent a terrible hailstorm their way, which eventually killed them.
8. Balancing Rock
Location: Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
The enormous balancing rock, also known as Krishna’s Butter Ball, is a prime tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram. This rock is 5 meters in diameter and is positioned on a smooth gradient. It seems to defy all the laws of physics. It offers shed to all those who dare to sit underneath it.
9. Mass Bird Suicide
Location: Jatinga, Assam
Every monsoon, the scenic village of Jatinga, in Borall Hills, Assam witnesses an uncanny phenomenon. Between September and October, especially during dark and foggy nights, hundreds of migratory birds fly full speed towards trees and buildings, crashing to death. This ‘mass bird suicide’ was first brought to global attention by famous naturalist E.P. Gee in the 1960’s. Ever since, it has remained one of the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries.
10. The Great Wall of India
Location: Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh is a massive fortress situated near Udaipur, Rajasthan. The walls of this fortress constitute a perimeter of around 36 kilometers and are said to be the longest walls in India, and the second longest in the world, after China’s Great Wall. What’s more, the walls house 300 temples. Sadly no, it’s not visible from space.
11. Magnetic Hill
This hill is a “gravity hill”, which is an actual phenomenon where the layout of the surrounding land produces such an optical illusion that roads and places appear to be going in the direction opposite to gravitational pull i.e. if the road is actually going downhill, like at the Magnetic Hill, it would appear as if it is going uphill.