Unsolved Mysteries of India – 1

  • Mystery behind Padmanabha Swamy Temple’s seventh vault

This is the temple…

And this is the entrance of the vault…

There are 8 vaults in this temple (Primarily six of them and later the rest two were found). These vaults are documented as A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H.

The seventh vault means Vault B. For centuries (presumably), this remained closed. Vault B had a eerily robust wooden gate behind a metal-grill gate. These two gates were opened under the order of Supreme court. But behind the metal door, there is an iron door jammed shut (picture given above) having two big cobra portraits on it and this door has no nuts, bolts or even latches. It is just a plain chunk of steel. It is a greatest mystery in the world that what is behind the door.

Vault B is counted as highly mysterious,sacred and risky by Trust members and learned astrologers. Many believe that this cannot be unlocked by breaking or by locksmiths, but can be unlocked only by Magical spell or chants by highly erudite monks. The mantra/chant/spell may be Naga Bandhanam. But royal family of Travancore strictly opposes the opening of it and so does their supporting administrators of the temple.

If minutely followed, you may listen some sound of water or hissing sound of snakes from this side of door most probably.

Also, the vaults that were opened, contained extremely valuable treasure – gold, silver, precious stones. For exact figures , you can Google it.

  • Chapatti Movement

A bizarre and enigmatic incident that happened in India during the British rule, which was the distribution of chapattis throughout the country during the revolt of 1857 remains an inexplicable mystery till today. Though recent studies have theorised that the circulation of chapattis may have been an attempt to deliver food to people afflicted with cholera, the evidence is inconclusive about the actual purpose of the Chapatti Movement. Only one thing is accepted unanimously by historians – the mysterious chapatti deliveries definitely created an atmosphere of restlessness that was particularly disconcerting to the British in 1857.

  • Disappearance of Nana Saheb

Nana Saheb, regarded as one of the important leaders of the 1857 revolt, disappeared soon after his defeat at the hands of the British. History is still unclear about his fate, with questions also remaining about what happened to his fabled treasure that today would be worth billions. Most historians believe that he was never captured and escaped to Nepal with a significant part of his treasure, although no concrete historical evidence of that exists. Even after 150 years, Nana Saheb’s fate and the whereabouts of his treasure remain among the most enduring mysteries from the British era.

  • Bullet Baba

When Om Banna got into an accident while riding his bullet and passed away, little did the country know that such mysterious events were to follow. The police towed the vehicle to their police station but it returned to the site of the accident the very next day. No matter how many times the police towed it away, locked it up, emptied it of any fuel, the bike would find its way back to the accident site.

Also, Shri Om Banna is said to guard other drivers (who drive safe themselves, but are in a threat due to other rash drivers).

  • Stone man

The serial killer that went rampant first on the streets of earstwhile Bombay and then Calcutta still remains an unsolved mystery to this day. Given the title of Stoneman, this one or more murderer would roam the streets at night and select his victims from the street-dwellers and rag pickers, whose head they would bash in using a huge stone rock.

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death

Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India. 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.

  • Magnetic hill, Ladakh

Located around 11000 feet above sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is a mystical and absolutely stunning place that needs a visit at least once in your lifetime. Out of the several enchanting places in Ladakh, one is of particular interest: The Magnetic Hill, a small stretch of road located about 30 km from Leh on the way to Kargil. This particular part of the Srinagar-Leh highway can be clearly seen to be going uphill, but if you stand at the right place, turned off your engine and put your vehicle in neutral, it will slowly move on its own and can go up to a speed of 20 km/hr.

It is rumored that there once lied a pathway on this patch of road that led straight to heaven. People who were deserving of it would be pulled up automatically while the others could never make up the path, no matter how hard they tried. Experts believe that the Magnetic Hill is just an optical illusion wherein a slightly downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope due to an obstructed horizon. Whatever it is it does attract thousands of tourists to this place just to experience the phenomenon.

  • The Iron pillar of Delhi

The Iron Pillar that stands at the center of the Quwwatul Mosque dates back to 4th Century A.D. It is counted in one of Delhi’s most curious structures. Erected in honour of the Hindu God, Lord Vishnu, it has inscriptions of ‘Brahmi characters’ on it to indicate the same. Some people also say that it was made in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413). There are many archaeologists, historians and scientists who have been studying it for so many centuries now. But the mystery remains unsolved.

The centuries old Iron Pillar has been the example of great engineering, as it stands stiff, even today, with no rust (maybe negligible amount of rust), even after being built in open ground, facing rains, winds and sunlight-the supporters of rusting, continuously .

Author: Aditya Bhuyan

I am an IT Professional with close to two decades of experience. I mostly work in open source application development and cloud technologies. I have expertise in Java, Spring and Cloud Foundry.

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