There are few quirky things that could only happen in India, the land of eternally frozen glaciers, deep rainforests and fertile valleys. India can never fail to surprise you with its quirkiness, be it the country’s season or the people’s reasons.
Here is Tripoto’s attempt to bring out the mystery of this diverse land.
1. Three Down, One To Go
The pillars at Kedareshwar Cave are said to be representations of the four ‘Yugas’ of Life – ‘Satya Yuga’, ‘Tretha Yuga’, ‘Dwapara Yuga’ and ‘Kali Yuga’. With the end of each Yug, one pillar apparently breaks down. It is believed that when the fourth pillar breaks down it will be the last day of the current era. And you were happy about surviving 2012?
Another interesting thing about this place is that water is said to seep into this temple from the four walls on a daily basis.
2. United We Stand
Nothing makes you appreciate India’s scenic beauty like Indian Railways. But nothing, except good luck or probably knowing the railway minister, can get you a reserved berth in any Indian train. This is the last resort!
3. Philosophical Sign Boards
Because at 3048 meters above the sea level, you do need some amount of motivation.
These Boards come under the Himank project by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the Ladakh region of northernmost India. In case you wish to witness such signs on Indian highways, you could visit the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Chang La passes.
4. We Wanna Get Loaded
Because hiring another truck was probably not an option, right?
It’s a given that highway driving provides an unmatched adrenaline rush to petrol-heads, especially in India because it exposes you to an unparalleled natural scenic beauty.
5. Man Made God or God Made Man?
According to Hindu philosophy, the creator of the universe is God. And here is an artist creating God, Contradictory much? Only in India.
In the back-lanes of Kolkata, discover the artist with clay in his hands and hope in his eyes trying to shape up the goddess of power and will.
Read A notepad and Kumartuli by Sagnik Basu
6. No Pain, No Gain
Long and sharp needles are poked through the tongue as a part of religious festivals. As they say; stereotypes are hard to swallow, but it must also be remembered that stereotype only reflects a single, tiny aspect of this multi cultured land.
If you wish to witness the tongue piercing festival, you could visit Beinon village, 80 kilometres from Kolkata.
7. Unique Blessing
In India, not only do elephants transport you from one place to another but they also bless you on auspicious occasions.
One of the biggest temples in India, Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati.
Read Sex and the temple town by Deepika Gumaste
8. BRO’s Message
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is regretful for all the inconveniences. The following picture is also a part of the Himank Project.
9. Most Isolated Monastery
From a distance, Phuktal Monastery monastery looks like a giant honeycomb. This monastery in Ladakh is a unique construction of mud and timber built at the entrance of a natural cave on the cliff face of Lungnak River.
Read Trek to Phuktal Monastery in Zanskar by Sandeepa and Chetan
10. God Who Walked On Earth
People in India love to dress up as a mythological hero especially around festivals. The reason behind this fascination is quite unclear.
11. You Wear Clothes, We Just Cover Our Bodies In Ash
Kumbh Mela, unique to India, is one of the largest human congregations on the Earth. Over 100 million pilgrims visit the intersection of three sacred rivers the Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati, next to the city of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Read India Uninterrupted: The Kumbh Mela by Denis