With a rich culture, history, and millions of people who believe in the metaphysical and the paranormal, India is definitely a land of mystery. An apparition that asks you for a lift, a place where hundreds of birds commit suicide, lake full of skeletons, guards being slapped by a ghostâ€¦seem like stories from a horror mystery novel, donâ€™t they? Believe it or not, these are occurrences that have actually been reported. Some of the enigmas are decoded, some still remain mysteries and others, for all you know are hearsay. Weâ€™ve listed some of those mysterious places in India here to tell you of the wonders this amazing country holds.
According to folklore, the people of Kuldhara didnâ€™t just leave the village as it is, but instead they left it with a curse, forbidding any future settlements. All that is left here today are few dilapidated buildings, an old temple, and rumours that try to explain the sudden evacuation.
Whatâ€™s interesting is that women from Kodinhi who are married outside this village also have multiple births! Although most researchers havenâ€™t been able to determine the reason behind this mystery, some doctors do believe that the answer lies in the chemical makeup of water in the area.
Every year as the ice melts in Roopkund, a glacial lake located at an elevation of 16,500 feet, hundreds of human skeletons are seen floating. Rediscovered in the year 1942 by a forest ranger, the skeletons in theÂ Roopkund LakeÂ have since then been shrouded in mystery. With the help of forensics and radiocarbon tests, researchers believe that the corpses are around 1,200 years old.
According to popular folklore, the skeletal remains are of King Jasdhawal of Kanauj, his pregnant wife and hundreds of servants, who were headed to Nanda Devi shrine on a pilgrimage. However, before they could reach their destination, they were caught in a terrible hailstorm, with hailstones the size of cricket balls. Unable to find any place to hide, the entire group perished near the lake.
Right after sunset, when locals are busy preparing for the night, hundreds of migratory birds commit mass suicide here. This happens every day. To no surprise, the local population gives a spooky theory that evil spirits in the sky are responsible for the event. Quite naturally, ornithologists arenâ€™t satisfied with this explanation and have come up with their very own scientific theory. They state that the dense monsoon fog and high altitude daze birds. When these dazed birds try to make their way towards village lights, they end up hitting trees and buildings, resulting in death or serious injuries. However, there is no one to explain why these birds fly at night, and why they get trapped in the same place every year.
However, exactly 100 years later, the Indian Government built the Gorur Dam, which now floods the Hemavathi Reservoir. The damage â€“ villages upstream had to be relocated. The villagers obliged and Rosary Church was left to fight it out with the water. Since then, Rosary Church submerges every year during the monsoons and resurfaces as the water levels recede. Battling the regular tests, Rosary Church now has a mysterious charm to it and a new name â€“ The Drowning Church.
Originally built in the 15thÂ century, the Vittala Temple is one of the most extravagant pieces of architecture in Hampi. However, what sets it apart from some other equally glorified temples around the country is a collection of 56 musical pillars, which produce musical sounds when tapped gently. During their rule, the British were so intrigued by the pillarsâ€™ music producing ability that they cut two pillars into half to check if anything was inside the seemingly hollow pillars of granite. If you are interested, you can still check these two pillars inside the temple complex.
Built in the 17thÂ century, Bhangarh Fort was a hub of activity in Rajasthan. According to legend, it was so beautiful that the Pink City ofÂ JaipurÂ was modelled after its design. However, the fortâ€™s good days ended soon and now the Bhangarh Fort is recognized as one of the most haunted places in India. So much so, that even the Archaeological Survey of Indiaâ€™s notice board near the fort, forbids tourist entry between sunset and sunrise.
Some call it a curse, others believe that the place is home to the evil soul of a magician who was in love with the princess of Bhangarh. Although there is no evidence to prove any of the rumours, tourists report a sense of uneasiness on entering the premises.
Lonar, an unremarkable village around 140 km from Aurangabad, is home to a highly remarkable meteor impact crater. Recognized as the only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock in the world, it has a lake inside it that is alkaline and saline at the same time.
To add to the science fiction elements, no one knows the source of the perennial springs that feed the lake and what lurks at its murky bottom. Moreover, compasses donâ€™t work in many parts of the lake and somehow the unique chemical composition of its water supports several microorganisms that are rarely found elsewhere on our planet.
The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas hide mysteries in plenty. One mystery that stands out from the rest is that of a mysterious city of immortal beings, known by several names such as Gyanganj, Shambala, Siddhashram orÂ Shangri-La.
It is believed that this place hides from sight and modern mapping technologies, by camouflaging itself or it exists in a different dimension altogether. However, according to legend, the immortal beings who live here not only influence the proceedings of the world in subtle ways, but also guard several secret spiritual teachings of all religions.
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