From Bullet Baba to Whiskey devi, 6 unusual temples in India
1) The Whiskey Devi – Kal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain
The sight of devotees carrying liquor bottles at Ujjan’s Kal Bhairav temple can make you question your eyes. In this temple, the main offering to the deity is liquor and it is also given as ‘prasad’ to devotees. According to the legend, Bhairav can be offered a diet that is not deemed fit for a good Hindu. Outside the Kaal Bhairav temple in Ujjain, you can spot vendors selling ‘puja’ baskets Rs 40 each. A basket contains coconuts, flowers and a 140 ml bottle of country liquor which is usually supplied by the state government. The deity ‘drinks’ a quarter bottle of liquor in a couple of minutes. He is not fussy about the brands, though.
2) Bullet Baba Temple
‘Bullet Baba’ is a temple located near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It is devoted to a 350cc Royal Enfield ‘deity’. This temple is known as the Bullet Baba’s temple and is dedicated to a person, Om Banna, who died in an accident 20 years ago while driving his ‘bullet’. According to the people who come here to worship the odd god, when Om’s bike was taken to the local police station after the accident, it kept disappearing from the police station only to be found at another site each time. The news about this miracle spread like wildfire and the bike is now the idol in the temple.
Here, the offering to Om Banna is beer, of the ‘Bullet’ brand. People say that if you are travelling through the Pali-Jodhpur highway without stopping and worshiping the Bullet Baba, you might not reach your destination with all your body parts intact. The vehicles passing by, refrains from honking, as an offering to the ‘baba’.
3) A temple for Rats – Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
This temple is infested with rats, and devotes seem to have no problem with that because rats here in Karni Mata temple are considered sacred and are protected. If you kill a rat here, you must replace it with a rat made of gold. While black and brown rats are easily spotted in the temple, devotees believe sighting a white rat is a blessing.
4) Sonia Gandhi Temple
Defying the height of sycophancy, Congress leader Shankar Rao has built a temple for the Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, in Mahbubnagar, Telengana. He said they built the temple so that people can offer prayers to Sonia Gandhi every day. The leader has installed a white marble statue of Sonia Gandhi and has the portraits of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi hung on temple walls outside.
5) Aeroplane Gurudwara
Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh Gurudwara near Jhalandhar is swamped with people who are struggling to get a visa. It is popularly known as ‘Hawaijahaj’ (aeroplane) gurudwara. According to the legend, if you wish to go abroad, you are to offer prayers along with a toy aeroplane and the prayers shall be answered.
6) Modi Temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a temple dedicated to him in Gujarat. It took around two years to build the temple and initially had a photograph of Prime Minister Modi. According to people, prayers are conducted twice in this temple, once in the morning and once in the evening. Apparently, not only the people from the entire village come to the temple but also people from neighbouring villages.