According to Hindu mythology, there are about 330 million gods. Even then we were not satisfied and hence we started creating living gods and worship them. Some say that God is a formless, omnipresent entity that resides in every corner of this universe.
There are few temples where unusual deities are worshiped in India. Unusual as the name sound, these ‘offbeat’ worshipping areas across India have been attracting devotees. Here are 11 of such temples that have to be part of your character searching destinations.
- Sonia Gandhi Temple, Telangana ~ When the Videsi Lady Became Devi
To articulate their thankfulness to AICC president Sonia Gandhi for creating Telangana, Congress privileged from the district constructed a temple for her in Mallial town. The leaders installed a white marble statue of Sonia Gandhi and had the portraits of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on temple walls outside. (Source: The Hindu)
- Sachin Tendulkar Temple, Bihar ~Cricket is my religion – Tendulkar is my God
A village in southwestern Bihar has started the devotion of Sachin by installing his statue. Its a year now since Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwary along with Kaimur district magistrate Arvind Kumar Singh unveiled a life-sized (5.5 feet) statue of the Master Blaster Tendulkar at Tiwary’s village Atarwalia, in Kaimur district, which is about 180km southwest of state capital Patna. The ashy marble statue, which dons the official blue jersey of the Indian national cricket team, weigh around 850kg and was crafted at Rajasthan’s Nathdwara at the cost of Rs. 8.5 lakh. It has been installed on a 10-feet elevated brick platform. Tiwary also laid the foundation for a temple which will be constructed to house Tendulkar’s statue. The idols of Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star player Yuvraj Singh would also be installed in the temple after its completion. America has its hall of fame for games legends and we build temples for them … (Source: Hindustan Times
- Aeroplane Gurudwara, Jalandhar ~ A Toy Plane To Fulfill Your Dreams of Going Abroad
Devotees offer tiny aircraft at Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurdwara in Punjab to accomplish their dreams of going overseas. It’s not complicated to locate Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurdwara in Talhan village near Jalandhar on NH-1. Just ask for the “Hawai jahaz gurdwara” or the “airplane gurdwara”, and you’ll be swiftly guided to it. The gate to Talhan village has a strengthened model of a British Airways aircraft sitting on top of it, and the road to Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurdwara is creased with shops trading toy models of international carriers such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Canada, etc, priced in between Rs 50 and Rs 550. (Source: Indian Express
- Visa Temple, Hyderabad ~Your Ticket to the US
In the past few duration, a Balaji temple in Chilkur village outside Hyderabad has become the pilgrimage destination for US visa-seekers. It has acquired a status among the dollar-driven, that the god here is particularly dominant in granting an American visa. Typically, a wannabe American visa-seeker visits the temple a few days before his visa interview at the US consulate.
- Bullet Baba Temple, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
This place of worship was constructed back in Bandayi village, around 40 km from Jodhpur. Here, devotees gather to worship an Enfield Bullet motorbike, which is inside a glass box with its front open and decorated. People, who pray here for a safe journey, claim that the bike has supernatural powers.
- Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, Rajasthan
Imagine about 20,000 rats scurrying near your feet while you are praying. Instead of freaking out, devotees of Goddess Karni Mata pour milk to the rodents.
- Modi Temple, Rajkot, Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a temple dedicated to him where else rather than in Gujarat. It took almost two years to construct the temple and at the outset had a photograph of Prime Minister Modi. On a daily basis, prayers are conducted twice in this temple and ‘devotees’ from neighboring villages to take part in it.
- Gatta Loops Bottle Temple, Ladakh
This temple is in Manali Leh highway, the traveler comes across a series of 20 hairpin bends that take them to Nakeela, a high altitude pass at 16000 feet. A traveller will offer water bottles and occasional packet of biscuits. These offerings are kept to appease a ghost that haunts these meandering loops.
- Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Gangtok
The Mandir was built in the memory of a great soldier Harbhajan Singh one who helps protect the Indian Army from China. The temple Situated almost 13000 ft High Mountain between Nathula And Jelepla Pass, Gangtok India. So basically, this temple is his Samadhi built and maintained by the Indian Army. The Statue of the great soldier is installed inside and the Indian flag flies in all its glory.
- Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Kerala
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is a Hindu temple at Kodungallur, Thrissur district, Kerala state, India. The statue of the goddess Bhadrakali in the temple is only one of its kind as it has eight hands with diverse attributes. the individual is holding the head of the demon king Daruka, another sickle-shaped sword, next to an anklet, another a bell, among others. In this holy place, Goddess Bhadrakali is mistreated by devotees during an annual festival.
- Chinese Kali Temple, Kolkata
This is the place of worship with Kali idol and located in Kolkata’s Tangra region which is India’s own Chinatown. This temple is run by the people of the Chinese community. The blog being presented at the foot of Ma Kali in this temple is Noodles, chop suey, rice and vegetable dishes decorate the feet of the goddess. This temple is the best possible example of adjustment, unity, and recognition.