Since time immemorial, India has been referred to as the "Land of Mysteries" due to the various enigmatic natural phenomena or accentuations associated with its religions and culture.And while science has worked hard to get rid of each riddle to find a logical reason for it, some people still have to run for their money.
Here's your chance to see a couple of them in action.
Just 16 out of 1,000 active pregnancies result in twins on average around the world, and this figure is even lower in India, at only 9. In the sleepy hamlet of Kodinhi in Kerala, however, this ratio is highly distorted, with a record 400 pairs of twins in a population of just over 2,000 families! Scientists and geneticists have been seeking to explain this extraordinary phenomenon for a long time but have only recently succeeded. Although experts have pointed to genetics as a possible explanation, what's much more perplexing is that all families in the village have conceived more than the average pair of twins over the last few generations, and the number is continuously increasing.
More than 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins lived in Kuldhara about 200 years ago, descendants of a group that had lived here for over five centuries. However, one day, the entire population, consisting of people from 85 villages, fled in one night. According to myth, the population of Kuldhara did not simply flee the village as it was, but instead cursed it, forbidding any more settlements. Only a few dilapidated homes, an old mosque, and rumours about the evacuation remain today.
Tanjore’s Brihadeeswara Temple
The 'Big Temple' in Thanjavur is one of India's 36 World Heritage Sites and is regarded as an architectural masterpiece throughout the world. Although Tamil Nadu is home to a plethora of imposing and majestic temples, what makes this one stand out is its architectural mysteries, which continue to perplex many. The granite structure is known for having one of India's tallest gopurams, with an 81-tonne monolithic Shikhara mounted at a height of 66 metres at its top. There are still unanswered questions about how the large Shikhara was erected at such a height, and how such massive quantities of granite were transported to the site when there were no known quarries in the region.
Kongka La Pass, Ladakh
At an elevation of 16,970 feet, Kongka La Pass is a steep pass located in a disputed border region between India and China. Despite the fact that neither the Indian nor the Chinese militaries patrol the region, locals on both sides of the border believe it is dominated by extraterrestrials. UFO sightings, as well as sightings of strange humanoids, are fairly common in this region. Are aliens for real?
If you visit the village of Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra, your first impression would be that it is quite baffling. Still, today, no home in the village has a lock, or even a fence, and residents leave their valuables and jewellery out in the open. But the most bewildering part of this puzzle is that there hasn't been a single burglary report in over 300 years. The myth is that the village is guarded by the Hindu god Shani, and that any robbers who attack it will be punished instantly by losing their sight.
Vittala Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka
In Vittala Temple a set of 56 musical pillars, which create musical sounds when gently tapped, is the mystery that adorns temples all over the world. Several other musical pillars have been destroyed over the years by curious tourists knocking on them on a regular basis. Taping on musical pillars is also prohibited to prevent further damage to this historic site.
Indeed, India is full of mysteries knocking at every corner.