India has always been a little ‘out of the box’ compared to the rest of the world. Be it the customs, practices, beliefs or general way of life, India has, time and again, stupefied people around the globe. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the villages of India because that’s where many of the mysteries and legacies (good and bad) have taken place. There are tales that sometimes seem irrational, be it stories of people vanishing into thin air or ghosts chasing people singing particularly Hindi songs (yes, even this had been viral!) or centuries-old tales of black magic.
So, what are these practices? What are these beliefs?
Let’s take a look at five of these villages of India, that are particularly unusual and bizarre.
1. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
Shani Shingnapur is an ordinary village in every way and is located 35 kilometers from the nearest recognizable landmark of Ahmednagar city. Still, it’s filled with tourists, swarming like flies, the entire year round, year after year. Even though it isn’t beautiful and there isn’t any entertainment to speak of, visitors come and leave tongue-tied, with their heads racing, trying to understand what they’ve seen. The answer lies in the fact that none of the houses in this town of three thousand people, have locks on them, ever.
The locals do not believe in keeping their jewelry or other valuables in locked almirahs (cabinets) and do not stash their cash in a secure place, they leave it out in the open. Not only that, but the village’s UCO bank has no locks. It’s the first lockless bank in the country.
If you’re thinking the village has strict law and order, it does not. In Shani Shingnapur there isn’t a single police inspector! So, how is it the villagers don’t get robbed? Well, despite how you may think that India is a dangerous place, there’s an explanation for this. It’s all about pure faith. Faith in the God the village was named after, Lord Shani. People here fervently believe that if they do something wrong or if they are done wrong, the ill-doer will be punished severely by the Lord. And to this day, there have only been 3-4 robberies in the entire village.
When visiting the villages of India, come here to witness the power of faith.
2. Kodinhi, Kerala
The small village of Kodinhi has a population of approximately 2500 people. It’s as ordinary as a village can get, except that there is a scientific mystery happening there. Before I reveal it, you need to know that it’s rare in India for mothers to give birth to twins. (compared to the rest of the world) What’s strange about this particular village is that 414 of the 2500 people (almost 20% of the population) were born as twins or triplets. There are 408 twins (204 pairs) and 6 triplets, which is an astoundingly high rate.
Not only that, but a study shows that the number of twin births is growing every year with almost half the twins in the age group of 0 to 10 years. And though it’s unofficial, the word is that the women of the village who were married in other villages of India are also giving birth to twins. Despite the scientific research that has been done. an answer to why this is happening hasn’t been found.
Visit here to feel oddly stunned by science!
3. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Image by Devendra Makkar
Kasol is a small and scenic village that is known as the Mini Israel of India. That’s because 70% of the tourists that come here are Israeli. Even though it’s a stunningly beautiful high-altitude destination, this tiny village has become a hippie paradise with a slightly urban character. There are Internet cafes, multi-cultural restaurants, (including Israeli) bars and guesthouses.
Young backpackers and nature lovers come to hang out making it the ultimate place to party. There is also lots of pot. It’s so beautiful that it’s hard to believe a village like this exists in India. It’s close to Malana, the birthplace of Malana Cream (best hashish in the world), and the residence of direct descendants of Alexander. If you touch them, you will get fined.
4. Shetpal, Maharashtra
After I tell you about Shetpal you may think it’s fascinating or creepy. India has always been known as the land of snake charmers but this village goes beyond that and takes it to the next level. That’s because this seemingly forgettable place is overrun with snakes. Cobras slither openly in the street and no one in the village pays them any mind. Almost every house has live cobras roaming around inside of them, In fact, it’s mandatory for every house to have a place for cobras to rest, even with infants or the elderly inside the house. No one, including the children. are even scared. They play with the cobras, tease them, walk around them and even hold them without batting an eyelash!
If you look Shetpal up on the Internet or plan a visit to Maharashtra, you may get the willies looking at the images. But before you vow to stay 10 million miles away from this village, know that there hasn’t been a single case of a snake bite ever reported, ever, even in the village’s earliest records. There have never been any unofficial tales of snake bites either! It’s not scientific, spiritual, or wild, it simply is! There’s no logic to it.
5. Bekkinakeri, Karnataka
The village of Bekkinakeri has an equally unusual story, although in a different way than the villages listed above. In this case, it involves the villagers themselves. In many of the villages of India, toilets are a luxury and people openly defecate in the street. Bekkinakeri was also suffering from this problem and the elders of the village didn’t want to give it up. The city leaders decided to do something about it that turned out to be both hilarious and inspiring!
For about six months, they formed a team that would go out into the fields in the wee hours of the morning when most of the villagers would go out to “do their business.” Just as they were about to squat, the team would wish them “Good Morning!” This became so embarrassing to the offenders that they agreed to have more toilets installed and it solved the problem.
The next time you are in Bengaluru, make sure to meet these people!
Summing up the villages of India you may want to visit
For those of you with adventurous spirits, I urge you to travel to visit the unusual and bizarre villages of India. You never know what you’ll learn and find there.
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