India is a country associated with thousands of legends and mythologies. The country houses uncountable temples and shrines. It is a country of strong belief and culture.
Rajasthan, being the culture and religion capital, has four undoubtedly unbelievable temples with miraculous legends.
Temple Of Rats – Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
Karni Mata Temple, the temple of rats is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan.
The temple is eminent for the 20,000 black rats (kabbas) that are deified in the shrine. Many people travel great distances to witness the holy place. The temple attracts people throughout the country for blessings.
Legend has it that Laxman, Karni Mata’s stepson, sank in a pond in KapilSarovar while he was trying to drink from it. Karni Mata begged Yama, the god of death, resuscitate her son which he first refused but eventually surrendered, allowing Laxman and all of Karnimata’s male children to be re-embodied as rats.
According to the local folklore belief, a 20,000 strong army isolated a nearby scuffle and came running to Deshnoke. When karnimata was made aware of the same, she spared their lives instead of putting them to death but turned them into rats. The army of soldiers turned rats conveyed their appreciation and swore to serve Karni Mata.
Consumption of food that has been nipped on by the rats is considered to be a “high tribute”. If any of the rats is killed, it is supposed to be substituted with one made of silver.
The Motorcycle God – Bullet Baba Shrine, Bandai, Rajasthan
If there is any place in the world where you’ll come across a temple where flowers and liquor bottles are offered to a ‘motorcycle’, it has to be in India. Om Banna is a shrine near Jodhpur in Rajasthan devoted to a motorcycle – 350cc Royal Enfield. Every day many passers-by come to offer their prayers. The spirit of Om Banna is believed to protect travellers.
This temple is known as Bullet Baba’s Temple and is dedicated to a person Om Banna. Om Banna died at an accident when he crashed his Bullet into a tree, riding drunk. The police claimed the bike and took it to the station. The very next day, the bike was back at the spot of the accident. The bike was brought back to the station, emptied and chained . Somehow, the bike miraculously found its way back to the accident spot the next day. The motorcycle was moved permanently to the location and the Om Baba Shrine was erected.
Sri MehandipurBalaji temple
MehandipurBalajiMandir is a Hindu temple, in Rajasthan, dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman named after his childhood form. Its repute for sacred remedial and exorcism of malicious spirits entices many visitors to Rajasthan. The person who is suffering from evil spirits get respite from distress by the methods like arji,sawamani ,darkhast,bhog of bundikeladdu offering to BalajiMaharaj ,rice and urad pulse to bhairav baba .Saturday and Tuesday are the busiest day in temple being the days of Hanumanji. The prasad from mandir is distributed in nearby schools, colleges, and Hostels and many other public places free of cost. The temple has been known for exorcism from sinful spirits attachments and black magic.
In 2013, an international team of scientists, researchers and psychiatrists from Germany, Netherlands, AIIMS, New Delhi, and University of Delhi started a study to assess all facets of conduct and rituals at the temple.
The temple is at a distance of 310 km from Meerut, 255 km from Delhi, , 38 km from Dausa, and very close to the Bandikui railway station.
Brahma Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar, a town less than 50 kms from Ajmer, houses the world famous temple of Lord Brahma ( earth ). The temple is believed to be the only brahma temple in the world. The 2000 years old temple ( the present one is constructed in 14th century) is made of simple marble and stone slab. Accompanied by holy Pushkar Lake, Brahma temple is a simple shrine with amazing myths around it.
According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately killed the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. During this, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or JyeshtaPushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the MadyaPushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and KanishtaPushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake.
When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place where the flower (“pushpa”) fell from Brahma’s hand (“kar”) as “Pushkar”.