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Of Mystics and Mysteries: 22 Places in India that will give you the creeps

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 ghost…seem like stories from a horror mystery novel, don’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.

We’ve listed some of those mysterious places in India here to tell you of the wonders this amazing country holds.

Kuldhara, Rajasthan – The Abandoned Village

About 200 years ago, Kuldhara was home to more than 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins, descendants of a community that had lived here for more than five centuries. However, one day, the entire population, which included residents of 85 villages, fled. Overnight.

According to folklore, the people of Kuldhara didn’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.

Kodinhi, Kerala – The Village of Twins

Kodinhi, a small village in the Malappuram district of Kerala, just 35 kms south of Calicut, wouldn’t have entered international spotlight if it wasn’t for the unusually large number of twin births that are regularly reported here. Also known as the ‘Village of Twins’, Kodinhi has more than 200 pairs of twins and two sets of triplets.

What’s interesting is that women from Kodinhi who are married outside this village also have multiple births! Although most researchers haven’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.

The Magnetic Hill of Leh, Ladakh

The enchanting hills of Ladakh have more than mere beauty to offer. The Magnetic Hill, located at an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level is one of the most unusual places to visit in India. the mystery is when Cars drive up the hill get pulled up of their own accord. That is, one can drive up here with the ignition of their vehicles turned off!

Kongka La Pass, Ladakh – An Alien Abode

Kongka La Pass is a low-ridge pass, lying in a disputed border area between India and China, at an elevation of 16,970 feet. Although neither Indian nor Chinese armed forces patrol the region, locals on either side of the border believe that the area is inhabited by extra-terrestrials. Reports ranging from UFO sightings to sightings of strange humanoids are quite common here.

Roopkund, Uttarakhand – The Skeleton Lake

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 the Roopkund Lake 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.

Jatinga, Assam – Where Birds Commit Suicide

Instead of its lush greenery and the backdrop of mountains, Jatinga is famous for a mysterious phenomenon that happens every year during the late monsoon months.

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 aren’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.

Shettihalli, Karnataka – The Drowning Church

Built by French missionaries in the 1860’s, the Rosary Church, as it was called back then, was a centre of all community activities. The building not only included a church and an orphanage, but also a hospital.

However, exactly 100 years later, the Indian Government built the Gorur Dam, which now floods the Hemavathi Reservoir. The damage – 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 – The Drowning Church.

Vittala Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka – The Musical Pillars

Originally built in the 15th 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 pillars’ 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.

Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan – Most Haunted Place in India

Built in the 17th century, Bhangarh Fort was a hub of activity in Rajasthan. According to legend, it was so beautiful that the Pink City of Jaipur was modelled after its design. However, the fort’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 India’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 Crater Lake, Maharashtra – World’s Only Hyper-velocity Impact Crater

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 don’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.

Gyanganj, Somewhere in the Himalayas – A City of Immortal Beings

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 or 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.

The Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

An important archaeological and historical site in India, Lepakshi is known for its architecture and painting. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most mysterious places in India, owing to its famous floating pillar. Among the 70 pillars at the site, one is hanging in mid-air, that is, it exists without a support. People come to the temple and pass objects under the pillar, believing it’ll bring prosperity into their lives!

The Mini Desert at Talakad, Karnataka

Located on the banks of river Kaveri, in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, lies a village buried deep in sand. Talakad is believed to have been home to about 30 temples once, 5 of which are Lingams representing the 5 faces of Lord Shiva. It is believed that a widowed devotee of Lord Shiva had once cursed the land, following which the village turned into this strange desert and a mysterious place in India, where the river Kaveri mysteriously transforms into a swirling whirlpool.

Door-Deprived Houses of Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra

Shani Shingnapur, a small village located 35 kms away from Ahmednagar, is famous for its Shani temple. But that’s not all that is famous about this village. None of the houses, schools, and even commercial buildings in this village have a door, or even a door frame. In addition to this, not a single crime has ever been reported here.

The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

A stunning creation of the 18th century, Bara Imambara, with a blend of Arabic and European architecture is among the most mysterious historical places in India. This monument’s central arched hall is about 50 metres in length and almost 3 stories high…but without any pillars or beams supporting it. The main hall is also famous for its unique interlocking brick structure and for the ‘Bhulbhulaiya’, a dense maze.

The Red Rain at Idukki, Kerala

Apart from a place with rich natural splendour of the Western Ghats, a vast forest reserve, & the tempting coastal curry, Idukki, or the ‘Red Region’, is also famous as one of the mysterious places in India. The red coloured rain at Idukki first fell on 25th July, 2001, and occurred sporadically for 2 months, staining clothes and buildings as it poured. This blood-red downpour, when collected by the locals, turned into clean water with red particles settled at the bottom.

The Immortal Flame of Jwala Ji Temple in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Jwala Ji temple is a holy shrine located in the lower Himalayas in Kangra district, typical of other Jwala Ji shrines in the country. Why then, is it listed among the mysterious places in India, is another matter altogether. The central pit of hollowed stone inside this shrine holds a flame that has been burning endlessly for over a 100 years.

The Whispers of the Dead on Dumas Beach, Gujarat

Listed among the mysterious places of India, The Dumas Beach in Surat, Gujarat has a lot of spooky tales associated with it. People strolling on the beach hear whispers and find no one when they look around for the source. There have even been reports of disappearances on the beach.

The Floating Stones of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

 

Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu holds immense importance in the Hindu mythology, as it is the place where, according to Ramayana, Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena built a bridge of floating stones all the way to Sri Lanka. But there is something else about the bridge that makes this place one of the most mysterious places in India. According to Ramayana, the bridge was built of stones that would stay afloat once the name of Lord Rama was scribbled on it. As it turns out, this wasn’t just a story. The bridge was actually made of such stones, as they are still found around here and are a major tourist attraction in Rameshwaram.

The Visa God of Chilkur, Hyderabad

mysterious placesTroubled by your endless attempts at getting a US visa? Not to worry. Get to the Balaji Temple in Chilkur, Hyderabad, and Lord Balaji will grant you one!

Be it the poor or the elite, every kind of person can be spotted here bowing before the Visa God and begging for a visa. But that’s not the queer part. The fact that they soon end up getting one is, and this has landed the temple in the list of mysterious places in India.

The Village that Slithers, in Shetpal, Maharashtra

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Snake worship happens to be an ancient and widespread practice in India, but there’s one town in Maharashtra that follows it way too religiously. The village has established a custom for every household, wherein it is mandatory for the house to have a resting place for cobrasin the rafters of their ceilings. The snakes here, it seems, are pretty friendly. The reason it one of the most mysterious places in India is because no snake bite has ever been reported in this village.

The Ghost Lights of West Bengal

mysterious placesThe marshes of West Bengal can get spooky in the dark, but there is one phenomenon that really freaks out fishermen there. There have been many sightings of unnatural glowing lights of different colours hovering over the marshes in West Bengal. Referred to as ‘Aleya Lights’ for many years now, these lights are a nightmare for fishermen, as they usually end up confusing them and they would lose their way. In many cases reported till date, various fishermen have even lost their lives due to these strange lights. These marshes are some of the most mysterious places in India owing to this unexplained phenomenon.

Stupefying, aren’t they? Know of any more mysterious places in India? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this with your friends too to see their dumbfound reactions!

 

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