India is said to be a beautiful yet mysterious country. Many beautiful places in India either have a history or a twist of mystery behind them. Here is a compilation of top 10 most mysterious places in India.
1.Hanging Pillar of Lepakshi
Lepakshi Temple in southern Andhra Pradesh is another marvel of Indian architecture. Out of the 70 pillars, there is one that hangs without any support, and does not the touch the ground. Pilgrims and curious tourists pass dupattas, twigs and other thin objects under the pillar to see if the claims are true. It is even believed that doing this will bring good luck to the devotee.
2.Bengal Swamps – West Bengal (Aleya Ghost Lights)
Aleya lights also known as marsh ghost lights are the unexplainable ghost lights reported in the marshes generally by the local fishermen. These lights are said to confuse fishermen causing them to lose their bearing. It may lead to drowning if one starts following these lights moving over the marshes. Many bodies have washed ashore on these swamps that locals attribute to Aleya lights. Residents believe that these strange hovering marsh-lights are in fact ghost-lights representing the ghosts of fisherman who died fishing. Sometimes they confuse the fishermen while sometimes they help them avoid future dangers.
3.Ghost Town of Kuldhara, Rajasthan
This village was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins. According to the legend, the prime minister of the state fell in love with the daughter of the village head and wanted to marry her. He threatened the village with dire consequences if they did not adhere to his wish. The Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their ancestral homes and vanished. Before leaving, they put a curse on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter. To this date, the village remains barren, left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by strange paranormal phenomenon.
4. The Red Rain at Idukki, Kerala
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.
5. Door-Deprived Houses of Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
The village of Shignapur in Maharashtra is probably one of its kind in India. No house in the village has doors. And the people don’t lock up their valuables. The village is under the protection of Shani devta (the Shani god) and it is believed that Shani will punish anyone committing a crime.
6.Living Roots Bridge – Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
The living root bridges of Cherrapunji is Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Meghalaya state of northeast India. The tree roots are trained to grow and form of tree shaping suspension bridges locally known as bridge of the rubber tree.
7.Roopkund lake, Uttarakhand
Human skeletons are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake when the ice melts for a month. Along with the skeletons, objects like wooden artifacts, iron spearheads, leather slippers rings etc. were also found. When a team from National Geographic magazine retrieved about 30 skeletons, flesh was still attached to some of the skeletons. Later studies placed the time of mass death around the 9th century AD (1200 years old).
8. Levitating Stone of Shivapur, Maharashtra
In the small town of Shivapur, near Mumbai, is the shrine of Qamar Ali Darvesh. The quirk factor of the place is that there is a 200-kg stone here that can be lifted only if eleven men lift the stone with their index fingers while chanting the name of the saint. Many attempts have been made by men to lift the stone, but every attempt without chanting the name has been unsuccessful.
9.The Magnetic Hill Of Ladakh
In the region of Ladakh near the Himalayas, there is a very strange hill that is said to be magnetic. If you park your car on the road that leads to the top of the hill and leave it in neutral, it will roll up the steep road by its own accord, moving at speeds up to 20 kilometers per hour (12.4 mph). This wonderful natural—or, as some travel guides will tell you, supernatural—phenomenon is called a “Himalayan wonder” and is a popular attraction for the travelers of the area.
10.Kodinhi — Kerala (Village of Twins)
The village of Kodinhi situated about 35 km south of Calicut is home to about 2000 families. The village has a Muslim majority and is known for its very high rate of twin births. As of 2009 thevillage boasted of 220 sets of twins (440 individuals) and two sets of triplets officially. A local doctor though believes this number to be higher in the range of 300 to 350 pairs. He says this phenomenon began three generations ago and the numbers have been increasing exponentially with each passing year. Another fact that bucks the trend is that even women from Kodinhi who are married off to faraway places have exceptionally high rates of twin births.