14 Interesting and Unique temples in India with Ankahi stories –

14 Interesting and Unique temples in India with Ankahi stories –


India is an infinite tale of incredible stories, unusual travel locations, and fascinating things. There are many unusual temples in India that are worth a visit. When you read or explore more of these you will get to know interesting stories, legends tales, and some time intentions behind these incredible and unusual temples in India. I believe you should visit a  city where such temples are the topic of conversation.

Here are the temples which offer Slippers,  Noddles, Alcohol, Aeroplanes and many more to god, there’s much more to explore in this blog …Take a look!!

Bullet Baba’s Mandir, Rajasthan

The Motorcycle God – Bullet Baba Shrine, Bandai  Rajasthan. This is the only place in India where you will come across a shrine where flowers and liquor bottles are offered to a Motorcycle.

The story of this temple is very interesting. Om Singh Rathore Banna, fondly known as Om Banna, was riding to Pali from Chotalia on his bullet. He had lost his control while riding and crashed his bullet into the tree and was died on the spot. The local police got the bullet to the police station, but to the surprise of the local police the bullet was missing the next day and after the search, it was found at the same place where the accident had happened. The police got the bullet back to the police station, emptied the fuel, and chained it, yet the bullet miraculously found Its way to the accident spot. The police made several efforts to move the bullet to the police station, but it was found at the accident spot only. This entire episode was nothing less than a miracle for the local residents. The Bullet was permanently moved to the accident spot and Bullet Baba Mandir was created by the local people. It is believed that the Spirit of OM Banna is to protect the travelers and since then every traveler visit the temple when they are in Jodhpur

Shri Dev Vetoba Devasthan in Vengurle, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra

It is a significant pilgrimage center in Konkan. Main Offering is Entire Banana bunch (ghad), Sweets, a pair of dhoti, uparana as naivedya to Vetoba. There is also a unique tradition of offering Shri Dev Vetoba a pair of new Chappals (Leather slippers) made from special leather. Kokan Locals believe that God acts as the caretaker and protector of their village, walking the paths in the night wearing the chappals offered to him. It is seen that the next day when you check the chappals, it has marked as if somebody has worn and walked the paths.

The Whisky Devi Temple, Madhya Pradesh

The temple is originally known as Kal Bhairav temple, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The sight of devotees carrying liquor bottles can make you question your eyes. In this temple, the main offerings to God is alcohol/liquor. Outside the temple, you can spot the sellers selling a thali including coconut, flower, and alcohol. There are many other shops outside the temple where they have received government permission to sell both country and foreign liquors. No deity is worried about the brand while drinking the liquor as “Prasad”

Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan

Karni Mata Temple, famous to be known as the ‘temple of Rats’, is located at Deshnoke at Bikaner, Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Karni, believed to be the avatar of Goddess Durga. The temple is flooded with more than 30,000 rats. Devotees feed, worship, and protect them. These rats are also called ‘kabbas’. The food tasted by these rats is considered ‘auspicious’.

Aeroplane Gurudwara, Punjab

Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurdwara is where you offer an toy airplane to have your wish of travelling abroad fulfilled.

A couple of years back, the story says, a man visited Shaheed BABA NIHAL SINGH GURUDWARA, JALANDHAR (A 150-year-old Sikh temple), as per urban legend that a group of young boys seeking student visas promised to return with the gift of a toy airplane should they receive a visa. The approval came four days later and the boys, true to their words, returned with an airplane. Devotees offer toy airplanes to fulfill their dreams of traveling overseas. The Gurudwara receives over almost 200 toy airplanes as offerings on any given weekend. The toys are distributed among orphans and by end of the week. There are many shops selling Aeroplane outside the Gurudwara.

Gurudwara in Punjab where devotees offer toy airplanes to get visa for Western countries

Munch Murugan Temple, Kerala

Lord Bala Murugan at Alappuzha also known as Munch Murugan.  The story is back 12 years ago, a child was severally ill and was chanting Murugan’s name the whole night. The family took him to the temple the next day and offered prasad to God. But the kid was very adamant about only offering “Munch” chocolate as prasad, and he surprisingly recovered at that very time. Since then, every devotee traveling to this temple offers munch chocolate to the shrine, Like any other temple, garlands of flowers were offered to Bala Murugan, now the garland of Munch is offered.

Mahadev Temple , Kerala

This temple devoted to Lord Shiva in Mazhuvanchery Village near Kechery, Kerala, The temple has an exceptional principle to bestow knowledge. The devotees here apart from books, pens, and pencils, also offers CDs and DVDs being distributed here as Prasadam.

Brahma Baba Temple, Uttar Pradesh

In Jaunpur, UttarPradesh, the devotee worships God with the offering of the clock. As per local legends, it is said that there was a person who wanted a job as a driver, his wish was fulfilled and he offered a clock in the temple. Since then, people are following this ritual. Whenever the wish is been fulfilled a clock is added to the temple tree. This tradition is going on for 30 years.

Channapatna Dog Temple, Karnataka

The Dog Temple is situated in the Agrahara Valagerehalli, Channapatna. The city is also known as the town of toys.  The story of this temple moves like these-One day it was noticed that two dogs from this village were disappeared.  The Kempanna goddess appeared in one of the villager’s dreams and told him to build a temple for the dogs who were lost. So that they can protect the villagers and the village. The villagers decided to build a dog temple, which was built near the Kempamma Goddess Temple.  The statues of the two lost dogs are worshipped in the temple. As per the villagers, there is also a festival held to honor dogs.

Chinese Kali Temple Kolkata

Almost 80 years ago, the local Hindu and Chinese communities came together and built this temple.  In this Kali temple, the devotees offer Noodles, Fried rice, chop suey to the goddess.

Azhagar Kovil Temple, Tamil Nadu

Azhagar Kovil  Temple at Madurai is dedicated to Lord  Vishnu. The unique thing about this temple is that the Lord and all the devotees are served with Dosa as Prasad. Devotees on a visit to the temple offer grains which are used to make these dosas. This dosa is prepared with black gram ( kali urad daal ), clarified butter (ghee) added with black pepper.

Bharat Mata Temple, Varanasi

This temple is dedicated to our country, it is a very famous temple. The temple was built by Freedom leader ShivPrasad Gupta and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. It is said that Shiv Prasad thought that there were already so many temples in India where gods and goddesses are worshipped, but there is no such temple where Mother India is prayed. Here all national festivals, more prominently  Republic Day and Independence Day are celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm. The temple does not have an idol, but you will be fascinated to see the map of undivided India. The map is carved from white marble that is brought from Makrana, Rajasthan. They are the same Marble used for building the Taj Mahal.

Kali Singh Temple, Muzaffarnagar  

Kali temple is located at Muzzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. The temple is specially built for well being of the cattle of farmers. It is named after the village veterinarian Kali Singh. The Villagers offer milk from their cattle’s and kheer is made from that milk in the temple and offers as prasad to the devotees.

Balaji Mandir, Mehandipur

It is believed that in this temple, devotees are brought to get rid of evil spirits. Further, this is believed that the evil is captured in a Lock ( Talaas) and is hung outside the temple. You will be surprised to see people dancing, shouting, banging on walls, and doing different scary faces. It is said that doing this is part of treating a Possessed person

Thousands of locks can be seen outside Mehndipur Balajee temple, .
Photo Arvind Jain
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