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The fear of spirits and the force of a supernatural element is not new in India or the world and you will find equal number of believers as well as non-believers on this topic. However, when someone does experience anything unlikely that does not have a logical explanation, they turn to a place or worship that can ward off this evil. But what if there are places of worship that are affected by these spirits too? If this thought sends a chill down your spine, read ahead to find out temples in India that are believed to be haunted by the strange activities they have witnessed in the past. We list a few of them here. Also Read - Bigg Boss 15: Vishal Kotian is Overshadowing Jay Bhanushali, Says Fans | India.com Twitter Poll
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Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
This is perhaps the only temple in the country where live exorcisms are performed on people to free their body of the spirit controlling their actions. The spooky ambience of Mehandipur Balaji Temple in Rajasthan makes it a one creepy place of worship to visit and is not for the faint-hearted. The temple is dedicated to Hanuman as he is believed to be a protector who can ward off evil spirit. A visit here will surely spook you out for the on goings inside. You will find people who are believed to be possessed chained in a chamber, some are being beaten up by a pundit to free the evil spirit or there are even people who can pour boiling water on themselves without feeling a thing. There are certain rules visitors need to follow when they come here. They cannot touch anyone and have to offer black balls into the fire. They also cannot take back any prasad or look back once they leave the premises.
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Devji Maharaj Mandir, Madhya Pradesh
You know there is something spooky about a temple when it hosts a ‘bhoot mela’ every year. Yes, Devji Maharaj Mandir in Madhya Pradesh is famous or should we say infamous for this ghost fair it conducts annually. This fair is on a full moon night and people who are believed to be possessed come to the temple to get themselves rid of these spirits. You can see babas hitting people with brooms to get the spirit off them. Some even claim to see spirits around or feel there is something strange in the temple. The spookiest bit is when people try to rid themselves of the spirit by lighting camphor on their palms. Would you dare to go?
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Dattatreya Mandir, Madhya Pradesh
Another haunted temple in MP, this one is in Gangapur and is one of the most bizarre ones in the list. At Dattatreya Temple, people are believed to be possessed, gather inside on new moon and full moon days. They then hurl abuses at the gods. This is believed to free their body of the evil spirit in them. Not just this, people also climb on the walls and ramparts of the temple and scream from there. This is a bizarre site to witness and can certainly spook one out.
Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar
Chandi Devi is believed to be the violent form of the goddess and this temple houses her. People who come to this temple during Navratri are believed to get possessed by this form of the Devi as that time the spirit is most powerful. On other days, people who are possessed come here to get rid of the spirit.
Harsu Bhram Temple, Bihar
The story behind this temple in Bihar is that was built for a Brahmin man who wanted to get worshipped by the people. His soul still roams here and people come here to pray to him to get rid of the spirit that is possessing their body. The temple is pretty discreet and you will have to ask locals to take you there. Do ask for stories of people getting possessed and cured at this temple.
Dislcaimer: iTripTo team has not physically been to these temples. The stories and legends mentioned here are based on research.
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