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. Levitating Stone of Shivapur:
Legend has it that in a small village near Pune is a levitating stone near the tomb of a certain Qamar Ali. It is said that if the stone is touched by the fingers of 11 people and the name “Qamar Ali Darvesh” chanted, the stone flies up in air. A stone weighing about 200 kg levitating in air is indeed strange. While some believe it to be an illusion, there is no denying that it is a puzzling event and is counted among’st the unsolved mysteries of India.
5. Myths about Taj mahal:
Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra which was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of Mumtaz Mahal. The folklore about the deaths and mutilations inflicted on architects associated with the tomb to this day hasn’t been proved. It is believed that those involved in construction were made to sign contracts and were later dismembered to ensure that such a structure was never built again.
4. 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.
3. 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.
2. Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death:
Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India, a true Nehruvian Socialist at heart. His popularity soared during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. It was during his visit to Tashkent to formally end the war that he died supposedly of a heart attack the very next day after signing the Tashkent Agreement in 1966. Various conspiracy theories suggest that he was poisoned. There are disputes about the dark blue spots and cut marks on his abdomen when no postmortem was conducted.
1. Disappearance of Subhash Chandra Bose:
Subhash Chandra Bose or Netaji was the supreme commander of Azad Hind Fauj. He was one of the most prominent Indian leaders at the forefront of the Indian Independence movement. During the closing stages of World War II, it was announced by Japan that Bose had died of third degree burns in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18th, 1945. However, this is highly disputed as several inconsistencies were found in the Japanese report of Bose’s death. Speculations were that this was actually a ploy to help him go underground and perhaps escape to the USSR.