this story is from January 12, 2015
Strange Temples in India Part II
In the previous article, we showcased a variety of starnge temples, i.e. these temples did not belong to the regular god we pray to nor identified by religion. In Part II, we explore many more strange temples in India. Here goes a??
Om Banna Temple or Bullet Baba Shrine
Bullet Baba Shrine
The bullet baba shrine is worth a visit definitely! Located on the Pali-Rajasthan highway, if you are driving by, you must visit the shrine as it will help you stay away from accidents! What is unusal about the temple is that the deity here is a 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle belonging to the now late Om Singh or Om banna as he was known.
According to legend, in the year 1991, an individual – Om Singh, son of Jog Singh, resident of the Chottila Village, bought a bullet bike right after he was married. He loved his bullet very much and some even say, such love for a vehicle is very unusual. However, while riding to Pali, he met with an accident as his bike hit a fell and he fell into a 20ft deep pit. He died on the spot.
As police retreived the body, they took the bike to the police station. However, the next morning it found at the accident site. Not paying much heed as someone may have done it, they took the bike back to the station and emptied the fuel tank. However, the bike went away again. Now the fear and the possibility of a ghost unnerved the policemen and they handed the bike over to the family. The bike was then sold to a businessman in Gujarat but the bike mysteriously kept disappearing and reaching the accident spot 400 kms away.
The bike was now abandoned and a temple was built at the spot. People offer prayers here as well as liquor and cigarettes.
Sachin Tendulkar Temple, Attarwalia, Kaimur District, Patna
Constructed in the heart of Attarwalia, a village in the Kaimur district of south-western Patna or popularly known as the home town of Bhojpuri actor Manjo Tiwari, it is home to the Indian God of Cricket aka Sachin Tendulkar.
Yes, the temple is constructed on 15,000 sqft area, it houses a life-size statue of Sachin Tendulkar in pure white marble which weighs 850 kgs and took 8.5 lakh rupees to build. The temple also houses statues of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. Popularly known as the Sachin Temple, the temple compund will play host to a 17-acre cricket academy as well.
Mahatma Gandhi Temple
Mahatma Gandhi Temple, Sambalpur, Orissa
Perhaps, the most apt institution to pay a tribute to the father of our Nation, is the temple built in Bhatra Village off Sambalpur in Orissa. People from far and wide, come to honour Mahatma Gandhi daily. Caste or creed has no place here as it is open to all. Followers read out the teachings of Gandhi here.
Superstar Rajinikanth Temple
Rajinikanth Temple in Kolar, Karnataka
Rajinikanth is no stranger to crazy fan following and having a temple in his name comes as no surprise! His devoted fans have created a special ‘Sahasra Lingam’ temple at the Kotilingeswara Temple in Kolar in Karnataka.
Sonia Gandhi Temple
Sonia Gandhi Temple, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh
Sonia Gandhi, doesn’t need an introduction. Over the years she has garnered accolades as well as flak from people of India. However, folks in Andhra Pradesh have a new-found respect for her, so much that they have built her a temple where they worship her regularly. The reason – her granting them the state of Telangana!
Kaal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain
Kaal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain
Kaal Bhairav is a force to reckon with! And the temple dedicated to Lord Kaal Bhairav in Ujjain has an unique offering as prasad. People offer alcohol... yes, you heard that right. Outside the temple complex, you would find prasad vendors handing out baskets costing from INR 40. It contains coconuts, flowers and yes, a 140 ml bottle of liquor.
Brahma Baba Temple
Brahma Baba Temple, Jaunpur
Brahma Baba temple located in Jaunpur is very famous. It is also known as the temple of Ghadiwale baba, i.e. people come here to fulfil their unfulfilled desires by offering a wall-clock. Yes, within the templex complex one can see scores and scores of hanging wall clocks. Also, so strong is the belief among the people about Brahma Baba that no one dares to rob any clocks.
Read the first part here: Top 10 Strange Temples in India Part I