India – the hub of Hinduism – is a land of diversity. Not just Hinduism, India is also a country where every other religion coexists in harmony with Hinduism. It is a land of cultural diversity. It is a confluence of the subtle and the extreme. The temples in India are no exception. One can find hundreds of thousands of temples spread across the length and breadth of the nation, with each of it having its own unique mythological story. At the same time, one can also find some weird temples in India which don’t follow mythological traits, which are outright weird. These temples rightly capture the extreme eccentricity that Indians can display at times.
In this article titled top 5 weird temples in India, we will bring to you some really unusual temple that you have possibly never heard of. We may be sinners to say that these temples are good for a good dose of laughter but we really don’t intend to hurt the faith or belief people hold. However, we must say that there are a few temples that are purely nonsensical. So, prepare yourself for one hell of ride!
Weird Temples in India: 1 – The Sonia Gandhi Temple of Telangana
The reason why we have put this on top of list is that this Sonia Gandhi Temple is purely nonsensical. As the name says, the goddess in this temple is Sonia Gandhi – the AICC president – the lady with ridiculously scandalous past, the lady who will not think twice before selling out India to foreign powers. The temple was formed after Telangana was created. Mallial town’s congress leaders wanted to express their gratitude and created this temple where the statue of Sonia Gandhi (dressed up as goddess) stands. It is made of white marble. Outside, on the temple walls are the posters of Rajiv Gandhi, utterly stupid Rahul Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. Sub-gods perhaps? Should this temple even exist? What do you think?
Weird Temples in India: 2 – Amitabh Bachchan Temple of Kolkata
Okay, this is epic stupidity. We all love Bollywood and everyone knows the name Amitabh Bachchan but a temple where he is put on a pedestal and worshipped is simply unacceptable. If you think this is a mere fan club, it is time to tweak your thoughts. This man is GOD. He is literally worshiped the full Hindu way with aarti and there are bells and cymbals. When you enter the temple, you will see a banner which reads, ‘Jai Amitabh Bachchan’. The temple is located in Old Ballygaunge, Kolkata.
Weird Temples in India: 3 – Sachin Tendulkar Temple of Bihar
As, Soniya Gandhi and Amitabh Bachchan temples weren’t enough. Bihar has something else to add to this stupidity. There we have the Sachin Tendulkar temple. A full life-sized marble statue of the star cricketer was installed on a 10-feet pedestal with Vedic chanting on Tuesday, 19th November, 2013 at Atarwalia village in Kaimur district. The statue was unveiled by district magistrate of Kaimur, Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh and Manoj Tiwari – a Bhojpuri actor. At 850 kilos in weight, the statue cost INR 8.5 lakhs. The statue was just not enough. A temple construction also started with the aim of housing the statue inside it. It is said that statues of Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will also be installed in that temple.
Weird Temples in India: 4 – Om Banna Shrine of Jodhpur, Rajasthan
A Royal Enfield of 350cc is the deity of the Om Banna Shrine aka Bullet Baba Temple. The bike belonged to a person named Om Banna. An accident while driving claimed his life. The Enfield was then seized by the local police. However, the bike just disappeared (or may be stolen) to be stopped in a different location. Every time the police caught hold of the bike, it disappeared from custody and appeared somewhere else. People considered it a miracle and now they have converted the bike into a temple with the bike itself being the deity.
Weird Temples in India: 5 – Dog Temple of Channapatna, Karnataka
There is no denying that dogs are considered as epitome of faithfulness. To appreciate that, a community of people in Channapatna, Karnataka have raised man’s best friend to the status of god. Yes, there is a Dog Temple where the deity is a dog. The Dog God is worshiped with full rituals. The community believes that when needed, the Dog God can take a more unplayful in order to stop the grave doings of people. There is a separate village deity too. The deity of the Dog God is place next to the village deity and it is believed that the two gods work together. In the Dog Temple specifically, there are two idols – both of dogs. The two idols represent the playful and unplayful faces of the Dog God.