India is the land of mystery. It embarks upon numerous stories encircling magical folklores, heart-wrenching historical tales and surprising form of arts. In the world of occult, India holds its head high for being the hub of tantra sadhana and several other art forms to gain occult power. Being a Hindu majority nation, India has the most number of temples in the world. While most of these temples have no relationship with the occult deities, the remaining few are associated with human sacrifices and other super paranormal activities.
In this post, we are going to talk about some of them. Wade through the end as we tell you about a temple which still offers human sacrifices in this modern age.
The Danteshwari temple is located in Bastar, Jagdalpur in the Indian state of Orissa. According to mythological tales, when the first wife of one of the Trideva Shiva died- Shiva took her corpse on his shoulder and began the dance of death. Later, Lord Vishnu dissected her corpse with his Sudarshana. In this demeanour, her organs fell over to 56 places known as Shakti Peeth(Power Centres).
In this connotation, the teeth of the deceased Goddess is believed to have fell over here. On the remains over her teeth, a Shakti Peeth was established known as the “Danteshwari (Goddess of the teeth) temple.”
The ancient Bastar was the epicentre of Tantra and Aghor sect rituals. In this temple, human sacrifice was offered to the Goddess, ranging from virgin girls to grown up males. 1825 was the last year when human sacrifices were made here.
In the contemporary British India, english superintendent Captain Gehwin R. Crawford took the initiative to stop this practice. He sent over spies to know the reality. What they saw was indeed heart wrenching-
His highness, the Chalukya King Mahipal Dev was having his throne at centre where everyone was ringing bells, making pleasant noises in the area surrounding the temple. As the moon reached its heights and time approached 12, nine men were brought in front of the Hawan Kund along with 10 buffaloes and 600 goats. Soon the executioner approached the Kund and beheaded all of them in the Havan Kund in the matter of time.
Easy targets like beggars were put in Jail for such purpose. In exceptional cases, the locals were sacrificed too. Later on the Chalukya King was punished by Bhonsla Rulers of Nagpur and this practice was stopped.
Kamrup Kamakhya Temple
Located in Gauhati region of Assam, this Indian temple is known as a Shakti Peeth where innumerable Hindu devotees visit every year to offer their prayers and seek blessings of the Goddess. During the ten days of Navratri, human sacrifices were made to the incumbent Goddess in order to gain powers through the use of tantrik practices.
Nihar Ranjan Mishra, author of Kamakhya speaks about this old ritual that has stopped long ago. Now the temple establishment doesn’t permit this practice by creating a set of new Ambubachi ritual. For the first time since 1565, the festival of Ambubachi has become a top occasion for gathering of Goddesses’s devotees’.
Off late, on June 2019, police found the headless body of a woman close to the Kamakhya temple. The body was wrapped in a blanket next to a bottle of water and other Puja essentials. This gives a hype of the hidden human sacrifices still being made by the Tantriks to gain powers from their occult practices. Later, this case was shut down due to lack of evidences, but the rumours are still in place.
Rambagh, Darbhanga, Bihar
In the northern boundary of Bihar, an Indian state, there is a place called Darbhanga. Darbhanga was once an epitome of royalty, prosperity and crown of Bihar. Centuries ago, the entire Mithila region, constituting from half of this state was ruled by the kings of Darbhanga.
According to popular folklore, Darbhanga Kings were firm devotees of Goddess Kali and thus, you would find several temples of the deity in the entire region of Mithila, primarily in Darbhanga, Madhubani and Sitamarhi. One of the most famous temples and a top tourist spot of Bihar, the Shyama Kali temple is built on the Hindu cremation site.
Half a kilometre from the Shyama Kali temple, there is a historical temple known as the Kankali temple. The word Kankali is constituted from a hindi word Kankal which converts to “Skeleton” in english. This deity is a tantric form of Kali who, once pleases gives fulfils the desires of her devotees. For the conquest of his empire’s prosperity, the King used to offer Narbali before the Goddess and put their Kankal(Skeleton) in a well besides the temple.
This practice continued for several decades. Post the independence of India, all the royal properties, titles and rights were seized from the descendants of the Kings and all the properties were made open for public visit by the Indian Government.
Ezhamkulam, Adoor, Kerala
The Bhagavathy temple is a very ancient temple in Ezhamkulam, near Adoor in Kerala. This temple addresses a Hindu Goddess, the epitome of Shakti as its prime deity. Centuries ago, this temple had a ritual of Narabali during the Annual Kumbha Bharani festival. Back during those times, people would sacrifice their loved ones on fulfilment of their desires. The riches would sacrifice their slaves upon fulfilment of their desired wishes.
During this festival, more than 500 people’s bali was offered to the Goddess. They were beheaded and the Goddess was showered with the blood racing out from their head. The devotees would then do a tilak from the deceased’s blood and offer prayers to the Goddess.
Many years hence, the ritual of Narabali has stopped, but that historical festival is still held- affirming its dread past. Every year, thousands of devotees throng this Ezhamkulam temple to witness the ritualistic Thokkom Vazhipadu, which is a part of the annual Kumbha Bharani festival.
Mavelikkara Alappuzha District, Kerala
Until now, we have talked about various Indian temples which offered human sacrifices. However, all of them have stopped practicing it- due to continuous reforms and bans directing from state and national human rights agencies. But, there is a temple in Kerala which still practices the Narabali in its miniature form.
The Chettikulanagara temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Kerala where human sacrifices were offered until the late 12th century. The usual story of sacrificing the slaves after the consummating of the desires by the riches, lots of bloodshed and gory continued till the emergence of social reforms in India.
Notwithstanding the clear guidelines and defying the clear ban imposed by the Kerala state health commission, the “Sreedevi Vilasam Hindu Matha Convention” still conducts the “Chooral Muriyal” ritual at this temple as part of the 10 day Kumba Bharani Festival.
The Chooral Muriyal ritual is a regressive practice that abuses the impoverished and innocent children. In this practice, children below the age of 10 are bought from underprivileged families and bids are placed on them. The bids can range from 1-3 lakhs per child. A devotee would buy one underprivileged children for the purpose of blood sacrifice.
Either side of the midrib of the child is pierced with golden strands by using a needle. The petty child is then made to walk in circle around the temple, accompanied by devotees hailing the deity with musical instruments. When they reach the temple, the devotees would pull out the string from the bleeding fissures and offer it to the temple.
While we are halting this article here for now, inviting your viewpoint and recommendation for sites where this practice is still in continuation. Signing off- leaving you with an another piece of entertaining article on paranormal extremity.