That India is a land of mysteries is a fact well known and acknowledged. Inspite of advancement in every field there are still mysteries that remain unfathomable. So without further ado here is a list of top 10 unsolved mysteries of India which have baffled everyone.
10. Magnetic Hills in Ladakh
These hills are located in the Ladakh region and have been known to possess magnetic properties. They have been known to pull cars in neutral uphill which instead of sliding down, move against gravity. Some are of the opinion that this is just an optical illusion while there are others who attribute this behavior to magnetic or even supernatural forces at work! Nobody knows the truth yet and hence these hills count among’st the unsolved mysteries of India.
9. Karni Mata Mandir
Situated in Bikaner, the Karni Mata Mandir is known for its rat population. The belief is that out of the thousands of rats in the temple there are about four or five white rats that are the manifestations of Karni Mata herself. Their sightings are believed to be holy and the rats as a whole are revered there. To this day researchers have failed to ascertain the reason for such huge number of rats there.
8. Shani Shingnapur
Located about 80 kilometers from Shirdi is the village of Shingnapur, where to this day there is not a single house with doors. Unbelievable to say the least, the villagers do not even keep their valuables under lock and key. The belief there is that Lord Shani protects them and if somebody dared to steal he would be punished by God himself. The village has zero crime rate and if at all any object is stolen it is miraculously found the next day!
7. Roopkund Lake
It is also known as the Skeleton Lake and is located in an uninhabitable portion of the Himalayan region. About 600 skeletons were found at the edge of this lake by a ranger in 1942. What really is a mystery is that what such a huge number of people were doing there? The location of the lake was neither fit to live nor in the path of any trade route. Who were these people and where were they headed to?
6. Kuldhara — Rajasthan (Ghost Town)
The village of Kuldhara is a ghost village that has been abandoned since 1800s. It is said to carry a curse of the villagers who migrated to other places. Kuldhara lies about 15 Km west of Jaisalmer in western Rajasthan. The village now lies in ruins. The village was established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins, who were a very prosperous clan and were known for their business acumen and agricultural knowledge. But one night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in dark. According to folklore, Salim Singh, the minister of the state, once visiting this village fell for the beautiful daughter of chieftain (Paliwal Brahmin) and wanted to marry her. The minister threatened the villagers that if they did not marry the girl to him, he would levy huge taxes. The chief of the village with those of other 83 adjoining villages decided to abandon and migrate elsewhere as against marrying the girl to Salim Singh. Nobody saw them leave nor did anyone figure where they went, they simply vanished.
5. Bengal Swamps — West Bengal (Aleya Ghost Lights)
Aleya lights or marsh ghost lights are unexplained ghost lights reported in the marshes of West Bengal typically by 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. Local believes 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.
4. Unexplained Sounds in Ganga and Brahmaputra Delta (Mistpouffers, Barisal Guns)
Mistpouffers or Barisal Guns are unexplained sounds that resemble a sonic boom that have been reported in many waterfront communities worldwide. In India especially, they have been heard in the delta regions of Ganga and Brahmaputra. While they resemble the sonic boom of a supersonic jet, what’s even mysterious is the fact that they have been reported from times before any aeroplanes were invented. T.D. LaTouche, a British officer wrote about them in his journal in the 1890s. He wrote, “…reports of Barisal guns occurring with the earthquake shocks, but they also are said to occur without, and to have been frequent before the big earthquake. A host of plausible explanations may now exist for these enigmas, including earthquakes, rock bursts, mud volcanoes, explosive venting of gas, storm-driven waves, tsunamis, meteors, distant thunder and so-called booming sands.” These unexplained sounds are still reported and continue to puzzle experts.
3. The Iron Pillar Of Delhi
Located in the Qutub Complex Delhi, the Iron Pillar is a 1,600-year-old structure. Made from 98% wrought iron, it has been capturing the interests of scientists from the world over for its ability to resist corrosion after thousands of years. Archaeologists and metallurgists have hailed this structure as “a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths”. It is interesting how a corrosion resistant pillar was made that sustained for centuries together.
2. The True Story of the Taj Mahal
The story of the Taj Mahal that most of us have known about may not be the real truth. Herein Mr. P. N. Oak presents an interesting set of proofs that show a completely different story. Contrary to what visitors are made to believe the Tajmahal is not a Islamic mausoleum but an ancient Shiva Temple known as Tejo Mahalaya which the 5th generation Moghul emperor ShahjahanShahjahan commandeered from the then Maharaja of Jaipur. The Taj Mahal, should therefore, be viewed as a temple palace and not as a tomb. That makes a vast difference. You miss the details of its size, grandeur, majesty and beauty when you take it to be a mere tomb. When told that you are visiting a temple palace you wont fail to notice its annexes, ruined defensive walls, hillocks, moats, cascades, fountains, majestic garden, hundreds of rooms archaded verendahs, terraces, multi stored towers, secret sealed chambers, guest rooms, stables, the trident (Trishul) pinnacle on the dome and the sacred, esoteric Hindu letter “OM” carved on the exterior of the wall of the sanctum sanctorum now occupied by the cenotaphs. For detailed proof of this breath taking discovery, you may read the well known historian Shri. P. N. Oak’s celebrated book titled ” Tajmahal : The True Story”. But let us place before you, for the time being an exhaustive summary of the massive evidence ranging over hundred points:
1. Existence of Saraswati river
The Saraswati River is one of the chief Rigvedic rivers mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit Texts. Infact several of this Vedic texts and Mahabharata mention the presence of a river carrying enormous volumes of water that eventually dried up in a desert. There have been various studies to determine if such a river indeed existed and the most logical conclusion have been drawn is that perhaps what is the Ghaggar-Hakra River was once the Saraswati. But again there are evidences that suggest that the Saraswati has actually dried up before the the Ghaggar-Hakra river period; raising questions about the authenticity of the existence of Saraswati.