If you are in search of a location that is perfect but full of extremely unusual facts, then you are at the right place. If you are hodophile or a wanderer, and your wanderlust isn’t yet satisfied, so these Indian Temples will surely blow your mind.
India, one of the most beautiful countries which are also known for its religious beliefs. It is home to more than 500000 temples, among which several are considered to be miraculous. They are located in every other corner. Out of all some of them are less known by people and they are seriously bizarre. These temples will leave you behind with raised eyebrows. India attracts travelers across the world not only for their detailed architecture but also for their super crazy locations. So, without a further delay, here we go.
WHY SO WEIRD?
The religious practices followed in these will make you say ‘Oh My God!’ They will seriously captivate you in the moment. Another reason is that they break many orthodox. The taboos followed in and around the world are put to an end. So let’s begin:
The Temple of Love: KHAJURAHO TEMPLES, Madhya Pradesh
The temple of love is situated in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is a world heritage site and is famous for its unique structures depicting eroticism. The beautiful sculptures are hogging the limelight ever since they are built. India is the land of Kamasutra, but sex I considered a dirty word despite the fact India is the world’s second most populated country. Some widely erotic sculptures of these temples capture the eye of travelers. One is left awestruck after seeing the Kamasutra positions. These temples are a blend of religion and spirituality. The Khajuraho temples are one of the best examples of intricate stone carving and exquisite sculptures. There are many theories to explain the erotic art presently on the walls of temples.
One of the main which is that according to the Vedas, the human being has four goals namely – Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Sexual Desire), and Moksha (Liberation). Hence, the sculptures represent the whole three aspects. About only 10% of the sculptures are related to sexual desire. The temples depict various sexual positions and daily life scenarios. It depicts the integration or union of the male and female souls. The temple pushes the boundary of mental judgment as sexual desires are a part of life. It ensures sexual awareness among people. It is one of the most unique and majestic temples present in India.
Bleeding Goddess: KAMAKHAYA TEMPLE, Assam
Kamakhaya Devi temple also known as Kamrup Kamakhaya temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeth. Here resides the menstruating goddess. Yes, you heard that right. Instead of worshipping a figure or statue, here the yoni or the vagina of Goddess Sati (Wife of Lord Shiva) is worshipped. Astone of yoni (or vagina) is covered with red silk cloth used to wrap the bleeding goddess is offered as Prasad (Holy Food). It is believed at this place the yoni of Goddess Sati fell. The temple is closed for three days every year during monsoon and it is believed that underground spring water turns red for three days. Also, it is a hub for tantric activities.
An annual festival which is known as Ambubachi Mela attracts thousands of visitors and tantric. The place is famous for black magic for decades too. Many Aghoris and Sadhus visit the Mela and help people to get rid of bad spirits and negative thoughts. Animal sacrifices are also made at the place but sacrificing of a female animal is strictly prohibited. This temple is unique as it celebrates fertility and feminism. Mensuration is considered taboo in India to date but this temple breaks the orthodox. A mensuration woman is considered impure in many parts of the world but mensuration is celebrated in this temple.
Abusing the Goddess: KODUNGALLUR BHAGAVATHY TEMPLE, Kerela
This temple is located in Thrissur District, Kerela. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali, a form of Hindu Goddess Mahakali. South India is known for its unique culture and traditions. It attracts travelers around the world to see many of its majestic temples but this one is really fascinating and bewildering for other reasons. The temple is also known as the abode of Kannaki and its dedicated Goddess Kali. The famous festival of this temple is known as the ‘Bharani Festival’ or ‘Kavutheendal’ which is held in Malayalam month of Meenam (in March to April).
What makes it weird is that the devotees wear red apparel, drink liquor, and sing lewd songs which is a part of the ceremony. This festival also involves the shedding of blood and animal sacrifices which is banned now. It is believed that these rituals please the goddess. This festival is followed by a purification which is held the next day. The Prasad (Holy Food) here is not offered but thrown to the goddess. These beliefs and rituals make this temple weird and unique at the same time.
Offering Alcohol: KAAL BHAIRAV TEMPLE, Ahmedabad
This temple is believed to be the oldest temple of Lord Shiva, this temple is located in Madhya Pradesh, is one of the hilarious temples. It is considered miraculous. The temple worships Kal Bhairav which is regarded as the fiercest form of the Great Lord Shiva. Though alcohol is banned in Madhya Pradesh, it is served as ‘Prasad’ to the Bhakts or the devotees. Nothing could be weirder than this. Even the devotees offer ‘liquor’ to the deity. The vendors present outside sell a basket of flower, coconut, and a quarter of Liquor. It is believed that Lord Bhairava drinks the alcohol within a few minutes. The alcohol is provided by the state government to the devotees.