Some travel to ward off boredom, others to explore new experiences while there are some who wander to dig mystery in and around this world; the folks with the curious mind and itching feet to unveil the hidden mysteries.
Uttar Pradesh, the heartland of India is growing leaps and bounds in its tourism industry. Now and then, this state is taking a significant step towards boosting its architectural and cultural heritage. Uttar Pradesh as a tourist spot is famed for its mesmerizing epitome of love – the Taj Mahal, the older than times city – Varanasi, the Nawabi city – Lucknow, its amazing wild clan & natural beauty and a myriad cuisine. But, not many know that Uttar Pradesh is also home to some mind-boggling mysteries waiting to be explored by you.
Bhool Bhulaiya in Bara Imambara, Lucknow: An imposing 17th-century monument – the Bara Imambara – in Lucknow is a marvellous piece of Mughal architecture. The techniques used in building this grand monument perplexes even the modern architectures. Along with the striking artistry, It also abodes some mystery in its walls. Bhool Bhulaiya, a labyrinth of door less corridors, built on the top of Imambara’s central hall gives life to the Hindi adage – “Deewaron k bhi kaan hotey hain”. The mystery is that a conversation made at one end of a wall therein, can be overheard clearly by any one at the other end. The place also houses hundreds of narrow stairways, identical-looking perplexing passages and even some dead ends giving a thrilling experience to the visitors.
Parijat – The magical tree: The ancient Parijat Tree is said to be dating back to the Mahabharata era and is believed to be blessed with some magical powers. Located in a village of Barabanki District, its unique power of granting the wishes & colour-changing flowers give the tree its mysterious air. It is a sacred baobab tree, which in botanical terms is kept in a special category as it produces neither fruits nor seeds, even its branch cuttings can’t be planted to reproduce a second Parijat tree. Every Tuesday, the villagers gather to worship it and offer prayers. This is a unisex male tree, whose leaves are said to be changing colour during the daylight hours and there is no tree such as this found elsewhere in the world.
Nidhivan in Vrindavan: In the love-soaked land of Lord Krishna – Vrindavan, Nidhivan is a mystical destination. It is one of the most popular and mysterious temples in Vrindavan. The place houses a clean pathway, a small house with a glass gate, which stays locked and is full of trees. The temple features beautiful statues of Lord Krishna and Radha adorned with jewels. Visitors can find various interesting spots herein, like – the Radha Rani Temple, the Samadhi of Swami Haridasa, the Costume spot of Lord Priya-Priyatam, where they adorn each other, and the spot featuring small-sized trees, which are believed to be ‘gopis’ of Lord Krishna. Amidst the splendour, the mystery also has its place for according to a legend, the Nidhivan turns into Lord Krishna’s play ground during the night. Lord Krishna appears in its vicinity, the small-sized trees get changes into ‘gopis’, with whom Lord Krishna dances throughout the night. This is the reason, nobody (including the priests) is allowed to stay inside the temple during the night hours and people are allowed to come in only as the dawn breaks in.
Lord Jagannath Temple in Kanpur: Kanpur, a city full of life is home to many sacred places, among them one of the oldest and sacred tirth is– Lord Jagannath Temple. The Temple which is believed to foretell the good or bad about every upcoming monsoon season. The temple which is over 100 years old is also built in a unique structural design but what gives this place its mysterious share is its monsoon forecasting. Though many scientists did a research on this phenomena but couldn’t get a concrete explanation to this supernatural process. The temple is widely known as ‘Rain Temple’. If the size of water droplets collected on its terrace is big, it is believed that there will be good rainfall and if it is small, then drought may occur. Though some call it superstition while others call it belief, but for the farmers in the district, this prediction is a boon and often they get their wish of a good monsoon granted after praying in this temple. A fair is organized around the temple in the season of Janamashtami.
Uttar Pradesh being one of the largest state in the country has a big list of mysterious hidden treasures, waiting to be unveiled by a curious mind and roving feet. So, get away to a mystical tour across the hinterland of India, Uttar Pradesh and take home some mind-blowing experiences.