Ancient Indian Architecture is mesmerizing and sometimes overlooked. India is the land of temples. As Indians, we must be really proud of our roots. It’s funny how we appreciate Egypt and Peru, but Indian architecture is no less than the famous destinations. One can find three types of temples. They are Nagara or the Northern style, the Dravida or the Southern style, and the Vesara or Mixed style. Some of them belong to the region they are from like Bengal, Kerala, and the Himalayan areas. There are still so many unexplored places in India. We must protect and look after these heritage sites for years to come. So here are the Mysterious Temples of India.
1. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The richest temple in the world, it has no exact year of origin. The temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The architecture used to construct this temple is the Dravidian architecture, Architecture of Kerala. This temple has 8 vaults. However, only a few are open. What remains behind the rest of the vaults is still a mystery and Vault B remains one of the most mysterious of all. Also, it is also claimed that this door can be opened with a mystic chant. So it is called a Mysterious Temple of India.
2. Konark Sun Temple
This 13th-century temple is located in Konark, Odisha. Built according to the Kalinga style of architecture, this temple is dedicated to Lord Surya. Meanwhile, one of the mysteries in this temple are its magnets & the floating idol in the air. One more surprising fact is that wheels used to build these temples are actual sundials. UNESCO has also marked this temple as a world heritage site.
3. Brihadisvara Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu. It’s one of the largest temples located in India. Meanwhile, this temple is an example of Tamil architecture. Almost 130,000 tons of Granite were used to build this temple. The mystery revolving around this temple is that it casts no shadow. The reason for this is its magnificent architecture.
4. Veerabhadra Temple
This 16th-century temple is in Lepakshi, Andra Pradesh. The architecture used here is Vijayanagara’s architectural style. There are almost 70 pillars in the temple which support the roof. The mystery of this temple is that one of the pillars does not rest on the ground. Moreover, one can also call it a hanging Pillar. What keeps the pillar hanging remains a mystery to date.
5. Kailasa Temple
This temple is located in Ellora Caves, Maharastra. Also, the construction year of the temple still remains unknown. Meanwhile, the inscriptions of this temple tell that it was built around the 8th century. The temple was carved out of a single rock. What remains a mystery is how they constructed this temple thousands of years ago. This temple also has the world’s largest cantilevered rock ceiling.